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Steve Spagnuolo joins Saints staff

Posted on: January 19, 2012 6:21 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2012 7:21 pm
 
Spags will join Payton in New Orleans for 2012. (US Presswire)

By Ryan Wilson

Earlier this week, Gregg Williams, the Saints' defensive coordinator for the previous three seasons, took the same job in St. Louis to work for his old boss in Tennesse, newly named Rams head coach Jeff Fisher in St. Louis. There had been speculation before New Orleans' season ended in San Francisco last Saturday that Williams might choose to follow Fisher so it wasn't surprising when it eventually happened.

Williams was reportedly torn about leaving the Saints but the defense, which struggled against the run in 2011, could be better in 2012: CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Larry Holder confirms through a league source that New Orleans has hired Steve Spagnuolo who, up until two and a half weeks ago, was the Rams head coach. He landed that gig after serving capably as the Giants' defensive coordinator in 2007-2008, which includes shutting down the 2007 Patriots, one of the most high-powered offenses in NFL history, in Super Bowl XLII.  He was fired from St. Louis after sandwiching a 7-9 season around one- and two-win seasons. 

Now he'll join Sean Payton's staff. And unlike St. Louis, where injuries and lack of talent meant that the Rams had to hold opponents to fewer than 10 points to have a chance to win, Spags will lead a defense whose best weapon isn't named Vilma or Smith or Ellis, but some guy named Drew Brees. And he's good for at least 35 points every time he steps on the field.

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Comments

Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 6:28 am
 

Steve Spagnuolo joins Saints staff

Wish you all the luck Spag but I am so glad you are not the Rams head coach anymore.



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:05 am
 

Steve Spagnuolo joins Saints staff

The Saints clearly need defensicve help.  The game with the 49ers proved it.  Brees can run up all the fantasy numbers that Saints' fans want, but unless the Saints can shut people down, that's what they are going to have, fantasy numbers for the offseason.



Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:50 am
 

Steve Spagnuolo joins Saints staff

SPAG H A G!



Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:45 am
 

Steve Spagnuolo joins Saints staff

SPAGS IS O-V-E-R-R-A-T-E-D ANYHOW. MAYBE THE EAGLES CAN GET  JACK DEL RIO? HE COULD CERTAINLY TEACH THEIR LB CORE. BETTER SUITED AS A D-COORDINATOR THAN A HEAD COACH, THAT'S FOR SURE.Smile



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:47 am
 

Steve Spagnuolo joins Saints staff

Wow.  The non-Eagles thing is the biggest part of this story.  Philly had a choice of Spags or Juan Castillo and chose Castillo?  Really??  I guess the front office of a certain NFC East team still thinks they are the "Dream Team".  Philly missed an opportunity.
Idiot, Spags chose N.O....Philly offered him a job and decided to go elsewhere.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:44 am
 

Steve Spagnuolo joins Saints staff

This coming from a fan of a team whose stadium has its own jail
The Saints stadium has a jail?



Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:39 pm
 

Steve Spagnuolo joins Saints staff

I'm a life long Rams fan. And I like Spagnuolo, but he and his four pillers had to go. I wish him all the luck in the world. I think he and the Rams are much better off.



Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:26 pm
 

Steve Spagnuolo joins Saints staff

Saints just got even scarier!!  Yikes!



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:22 pm
 

Steve Spagnuolo joins Saints staff

  Steve was not a great Head coach.  He is a great defensive coordinator and that is what he should do!  No shame at all in this.  Stick to what you do best and you will make a great living in the NFL.  The Saints are lucky to have you!




Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:49 pm
 

Steve Spagnuolo joins Saints staff

I would have loved for him to come down to Tampa and coach our defense. Maybe if our owners would have gotten their heads out of their rears and picked a coach, we would have had a chance. 


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