Friday, 20 January 2012 10:07
Spagnuolo, A Good Fit For New Orleans Saints
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SpagnuoloSaints head coach Sean Payton has hired former Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo to be his next defensive coordinator.

It should be a great fit for both sides. Spagnuolo was the biggest name left on the defensive coordinator market and the coach wanted to hire when Gregg Williams said he was going to the Rams.

Spagnuolo is a talented defensive mind that knows how to create a pass rush, something the Saints are lacking.

It's an ideal landing spot for Spagnuolo because he can rehab his coaching reputation during games in the national spotlight with a chance to compete in the Super Bowl.

Spagnuolo was interviewed and hired on Wednesday, and was the only known coach to interview with Payton.

Many members of the Who Dat Nation will believe they have upgraded the defensive coordinator spot although they had a lot of respect for Williams and the role he had in helping the Saints to get to and win the Super Bowl.

After contemplating taking a year off from football, Spagnuolo wasn't unemployed for long. He accepted the Saints' job just 18 days after his firing in St. Louis.  Despite his 10-38 record in three seasons with the  Rams, his team played some of its best football against the Saints.

Spagnuolo was defensive coordinator with the Giants in 2007-08, and two of his three Rams games were had to make an impression on Payton,

in 2009, the Rams forced three turnovers in a 28-23 loss to the eventual Super Bowl champs. This season, the Rams registered one of the most shocking upsets of the NFL regular season by beating the Saints 31-24. The Rams defense sacked Drew Brees six times, intercepted him twice and, limited the Saints to 283 yards in total offense.

How much Drew Brees make? Somewhere about what Peyton Manning, Tom  Brady and Michael Vick make. He should get around $18 million a year with a cap figure starting off somewhere around $15 million...

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I've got a ton of respect for what Gregg Williams did in NewOrleans, and I still think Spagnuolo is an upgrade. Awesome move for Saints.

15 hours ago

by Ed Staton 


Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


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