The New York Giants announced the hiring Steve Spagnuolo as their new defensive coordinator and Tim Walton secondary/cornerbacks coach.
“We spoke to a lot of very good candidates,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “The energy, enthusiasm and strong personality that we saw before in Steve Spagnuolo, all of that was very evident again. His desire to be a Giant again was very, very obvious.”
“Maria (his wife) and I are very happy to be returning to the Giants,” Spagnuolo said. “This is both new and familiar at the same time.
“I was hoping to take the next step, God willing, and be a coordinator again. I’m ecstatic that it’s with Tom Coughlin. Tom is the highest character guy I know. The feeling I have is one of excitement. We’re going to work our butts off, and hopefully we will do great things together.”
Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports that the Giants are hiring Steve Spagnuolo as their new defensive coordinator.
This news probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise given that as soon as the Giants made the decision to fire Perry Fewell, Spagnuolo’s name immediately came up as a potential target.
Spagnuolo was once of the most sought after coaching candidates in the league before he left New York to take the Rams’ job back in 2009. He last just two years in St. Louis before he was fired and later hired by New Orleans.
In 2014, Spagnuolo worked as the Ravens’ secondary coach.
This year, Fewell’s defense was the 29th in total yards allowed and No. 22 overall in points allowed, so there is a lot of room for improvement for Spagnuolo and the Giants.
New York also considered Bills DL coach Pepper Johnson, former Raiders HC Dennis Allen, and Redskins DBs coach Raheem Morris.