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papz 07-30-2012 08:03 AM

Spagnuolo trying to improve Saintsí defense
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METAIRIE ó The way Steve Spagnuolo and his players see it, he didnít accept an invitation to become the new defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints to try to re-invent the wheel.

Nonetheless, he knows itís his responsibility to give the Saints a new, fresh look after they ended the past two seasons by giving up 41 and 36 points in playoff losses to the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers, respectively.

The 52-year-old Spagnuolo is clearly back in his element as a defensive coordinator after a three-year stint as the St. Louis Rams head coach ended when he was fired Jan. 2 with a 10-38 overall record.

Spagnuolo, who cut his NFL teeth under one of the leagueís most-respected defensive coordinators in the late Jim Johnson, is better known for his two years as defensive coordinator of the New York Giants from 2007-08.

It was with the Giants that Spagnuolo made a name for himself, drawing up the masterful game plan for Super Bowl XLII that ended the New England Patriotsí bid to become the first team to go 19-0.

Tom Brady and his prolific offense were shut out for the first three quarters and managed just two touchdowns and 274 total yards in the Giantsí shocking 17-14 victory.

Just like that night, however, Spagnuolo says itís more about players than the game plan or the scheme.

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Spagnuolo trying to improve Saints

Danno 07-30-2012 08:14 AM


“Most coaches will tell you this, but what I enjoy the most is the teaching part of it … getting your hands dirty,” Spagnuolo said. “Sometimes, when you serve as head coach, there are a lot of other pulls in a lot of other directions that take you away from that.

“I’m refreshed to be back in the trenches. The focus is strictly on the defensive guys and the defensive coaches, and I’m enjoying it right now.”
And thats why I'm not concerned that his Rams never turned it around.

He's our DC, not our HC.

228jits 07-30-2012 08:58 AM


Originally Posted by Danno (Post 422293)
And thats why I'm not concerned that his Rams never turned it around.

He's our DC, not our HC.

He did a pretty good job only having a 3 player team (Bradford, Jackson, and Laurinaitis)

halloween 65 07-30-2012 10:15 AM

I think if he makes our D solid I'll be fine with that, anything above that is a gift!!

papz 07-30-2012 02:38 PM

Here's another article.

New Orleans Saints buying into Steve Spagnuolo's defense

METAIRIE, La. – Steve Spagnuolo’s accent is as thick as the air generally is during a New Orleans summer.

But don’t think for once that New Orleans Saints defenders don’t know what he’s saying to them.

The new defensive coordinator may not be as brash or as loud as Gregg Williams, but he’s every bit as demanding.

“He’s not as intense yelling-wise as Gregg is but he definitely wants a lot out of you,” safety Isa Abdul-Quddus said Sunday. “He definitely is intense. He definitely wants you to get going.”

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New Orleans Saints buying into Steve Spagnuolo's defense | New Orleans

QBREES9 07-30-2012 02:45 PM

Just make them look like a Defense. Thats why he here to make them better.

Stealthman 07-30-2012 03:24 PM

Good read.

With Spags' revamped defense, the Saints will get the #1 seed, and homefield throughout...IMO.

Rugby Saint II 08-01-2012 11:17 AM

I feel a change in the air!:smile:

Ashley 08-01-2012 11:32 AM

Thanks for the post, it is always exciting to have a new defense after being shredded. ( for the past two years )

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