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SmashMouth 08-09-2012 09:12 AM

Steve Spagnuolo hopes his new scheme translates to a title for the New Orleans Saints
 
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Six months into his job as New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo is still getting to know New Orleans and the club's passionate fan base.

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New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo works with the defense during practice between the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots on the practice fields of Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
But New Orleanians already know him well.

Spagnuolo's hopes of maintaining a low profile in his new job and town were dashed almost immediately after he set foot in the Crescent City.

"I'm a very humble guy," Spagnuolo said. "I don't consider myself one of those guys that's very recognizable, but apparently I am down there (in New Orleans). Even walking down the street I get the 'Who Dat!' all the time. It's nice."

The fanatical support of Saints fans is all part of the learning process for Spagnuolo, a coaching lifer whose career has taken him from humble beginnings at the University of Massachusetts to a pair of stints in Europe and eventually to a head coaching opportunity with the St. Louis Rams. Along the way, he earned a Super Bowl ring with the New York Giants in 2008.

Spagnuolo's bio information has been well known to most Saints fans since he took the job in February. But they're just getting to know the man himself.

Here are a few things you probably didn't know about him:

He was a star hockey center, second baseman and option quarterback at Grafton (Mass.) High School.

His last name rhymes with Lolo not Nola.

His Mount Rushmore of Boston sports icons - Larry Bird; Bobby Orr; Bill Russell; and Carl Yastrzemski -- does not include a single football player.

He and wife Maria were married at the Vatican in Rome in a small, quiet ceremony on July 9, 2005.

And 32 years ago, three of his best friends died in a car crash in his hometown of Grafton, Mass., on a trip he was scheduled to make but miraculously turned down at the last minute.

The incident profoundly impacted him, leading him to a life of faith and forging his positive coaching philosophy.

Indeed, Spags' coaching style is drastically different than that of his predecessor, the volatile Gregg Williams. Where Williams was a salty drill sergeant, Spags is more professorial.

On Wednesday, as he instructed his linebackers during a joint workout with the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium, his voice was barely audible from 20 feet away.

"There's been a lot of coaches in this league who have been very successful using varying styles," Saints linebacker Scott Shanle said. "Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy never used a curse word, but they have ways of getting their message across. As long as a coach is who they are and is not a fake or a fraud, every player will respect him."

But don't mistake Spags' reserved approach for a lack of fire. Players say he's as intense and passionate about playing defense as any coach they've had.

"He takes what he does very seriously," said linebacker Chris Chamberlain, who played for Spags for three seasons in St. Louis. "In meetings, when he starts talking about games you can tell he's very passionate and intense. You can tell he's not a softy."

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papz 08-09-2012 09:13 AM

Biggest offseason acquistion by the Saints.

QBREES9 08-09-2012 09:26 AM

He and wife Maria were married at the Vatican in Rome in a small, quiet ceremony on July 9, 2005.

That must have been cool.

LBCutta 08-09-2012 10:14 AM

Anything is better than the Bltz 40125951904758934 times a game strategy by Gregg Williams

The Dude 08-09-2012 04:31 PM

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Im glad they clarafied the Nola and Nolo thing. Most Saints fans i know say Nola. And not to be clever either.

Vrillon82 08-10-2012 05:46 AM

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Originally Posted by LBCutta (Post 425780)
Anything is better than the Bltz 40125951904758934 times a game strategy by Gregg Williams

I think that ultimately cost a couple chances at a SB.

Williams blitzed so much that teams simply prepared for it.

Crusader 08-10-2012 05:58 AM

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Originally Posted by Vrillon82 (Post 426031)
I think that ultimately cost a couple chances at a SB.

Williams blitzed so much that teams simply prepared for it.

Yeah and blitz pickup isn't really hard to do. If you implement a slide or max-pro you can neutralize most any blitzpackage you can prepare for. Delay blitzes and such are harder since that usually gives an OL time to get tied up elsewhere.

Vrillon82 08-10-2012 07:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Crusader (Post 426037)
Yeah and blitz pickup isn't really hard to do. If you implement a slide or max-pro you can neutralize most any blitzpackage you can prepare for. Delay blitzes and such are harder since that usually gives an OL time to get tied up elsewhere.

Well all the QB has to do is get rid of the ball quicker, with the LBs often either blitzing or jerking off (last year of course) all the QB has to do is throw in the middle where the LBs are not at, I guess where Roman Harper is not at since he was always blitzing or covering someone making it even more easier to get rid of the ball to a WR or TE.

Rugby Saint II 08-10-2012 05:04 PM

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Across the middle won't be so easy now.

Vrillon82 08-10-2012 05:24 PM

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nope, and seeing Spags defense at work first hand and his schemes, it confused even Tom Brady, that defense is going to be a force to be reckon with this year.

We got to hope the offense continues last years production.


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