Despite an ambiguously written report that Steve Spagnuolo was "expected to be back in Philadelphia by the end of the week," the Eagles will not announce any coaching hires at least until Sunday.
Reid, along with many of the Eagles coaching and front office staff, is away on vacation this week, according to a source close to the situation. That won't preclude the Eagles coach from working and making changes to his coaching staff, of course.
Reid formulated his plan for restructuring his staff in the wake of defensive coordinator Sean McDermott's firing last year while vacationing on a Caribbean island.
But the hunger from Eagles fans for Reid to make further moves on the defensive side of the ball was evident when an NFL Network report that made it seem as if Spagnuolo was likely returning to his former team was picked up several media outlets, including this one, on Tuesday.
The Eagles had no comment.
NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora, the author of the report, told CSNPhilly.com that he was simply reporting that Spagnuolo would be in Philly to meet with the Eagles and not that a hiring was imminent.
Spagnuolo is expected to return from a vacation on Wednesday, but his future remains cloudy. He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last week that he had spoken to a few teams about possible jobs, but he also didn't rule out taking a year off after the Rams fired him as their head coach last week.
If Spagnuolo wants to take a job right away it will most likely be as a defensive coordinator, or in some post that would give him control of the defense. The Eagles still have a defensive coordinator, but the embattled Juan Castillo could be moved into another position to make way for Spagnuolo.
The Eagles have a vacancy after secondary coach Johnnie Lynn was fired last week. There is speculation, though, that Castillo could remain as coordinator and Spagnuolo, who was a defensive assistant under Reid for eight seasons, could be named an assistant head coach along with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
Adding to the intrigue is Reid's silence. The coach won't meet with the media until he has finished assessing his staff and presumably making changes. Some have interpreted the delay in his press conference as not boding well for Castillo, but it's difficult at this point to get a read either way.