With Juan Castillo in place as defensive coordinator, the Eagles must now turn their attention to filling out the position coach jobs on defense. So far this offseason, the Eagles have more or less hit a home run with position coach hires bringing both Jim Washburn and Howard Mudd to Philadelphia. Former Eagle players Mike Caldwell and Mike Zordich were quality control assistants last year and likely candidates for the LB & DB coach jobs respectively.
However, they face competition from another former Eagle, John Bunting. Geoff Mosher reports that he and Andy Reid discussed the linebacker coach position over the phone recently. Bunting played LB for 11 years with the Eagles and was a member of the 1980 team which went to the Superbowl. Bunting has 8 years of NFL coaching experience, including a couple as defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams team that won the Super Bowl in 1999. Bunting was also head coach of the football program at Rowan in South Jersey and has coached LBs and defensive line at various places in the NFL, USFL & college.
Mosher also reports that Andy Reid told Bunting that Juan Castillo would have final say over who becomes LB and DB coach. Bunting would certainly bring a wealth of experience both as a coach and former NFL player and would give Juan Castillo another veteran voice to rely on.