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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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beer is great
Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:19 pm
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Since: Feb 13, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:07 pm
 

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OH...and the reason any reputable Defensive Coordinator would want to live in New Orleans is to WIN a Superbowl....not go to Philly and be picked almost every year before failing miserably.

Have a nice day, scumbag.



Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:07 pm
 

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Great move by the Saints. Spags is definitely an upgrade over Williams.



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:07 pm
 

Report: Steve Spagnuolo joins Saints staff

No Chadwick, he went New Orleans, not Philly.  You loser!



Since: Feb 13, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:06 pm
 

Report: Steve Spagnuolo joins Saints staff

Really? You're an Iggle fan, right? Philly is the epitome of scumbag and classless. Didn't ya'll snowball Santa once? Don't you have a convicted felon running the show on offense? Face it Iggle fan, New Orleans got a Superbowl win BEFORE your crime ridden corrupt city...that's right!! Eat it Philly cheese steak lover....EAT IT!!

The last few times the Saints and Iggles have played meaningful games...what's happened?

Right. That's what I thought.


Leon Chadwick
Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:02 pm
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Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 19, 2012 6:28 pm
 

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Welcome to the Big Easy, Spags!! WHO DAT!!! I like this move alot.


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