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eazyb81
01-14-2009, 12:44 PM
I thought it would be nice to put together an informative piece on Steve Spagnuolo, arguably our top HC candidate, so everyone knows what exactly we'd be getting with him.

First up, here's his background:

<TABLE class="infobox vcard" style="WIDTH: 23em; TEXT-ALIGN: left"><TBODY><TR><TD>1982–1983

1983

1984–1986


1987–1991


1992


1993

1993–1994



1994–1995

1996–1997

1998


1999–2000

2001–2003

2004–2006

2007–present


</TD><TD>Massachusetts (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UMass_Minutemen)
(Graduate Assistant)
Washington Redskins (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Redskins)
(Player Personnel Intern)
Lafayette (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lafayette_College)
(Defensive Line Coach)
(Special Teams Coach)
Connecticut (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connecticut_Huskies)
(Defensive Coordinator)
(Defensive Backs Coach)
Barcelona Dragons (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barcelona_Dragons)
(Defensive Line Coach)
(Special Teams Coach)
San Diego Chargers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Diego_Chargers)
(Scout)
Maine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maine_Black_Bears)
(Defensive Coordinator)
(Linebackers Coach)
(Defensive Backs Coach)
Rutgers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rutgers_Scarlet_Knights_football)
(Defensive Backs Coach)
Bowling Green (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowling_Green_Falcons_football)
(Defensive Backs Coach)
Frankfurt Galaxy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankfurt_Galaxy)
(Defensive Coordinator)
(Linebackers Coach)
Philadelphia Eagles (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_Eagles)
(Defensive Assistant)
Philadelphia Eagles (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_Eagles)
(Defensive Backs Coach)
Philadelphia Eagles (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_Eagles)
(Linebackers Coach)
New York Giants (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Giants)
(Defensive Coordinator)


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As you can see, he's really been all over the map: college, NFL, and even a season in NFL Europe. Not the sexiest resume, but the fact that he comes from the Jim Johnson tree speaks volumes. He spent 8 years learning under Jim Johnson, arguably the best defensive coordinator in the league, and personally coached 5 Pro Bowlers while he was DB coach (Brian Dawkins, Lito Sheppard, Troy Vincent, Bobby Taylor, Michael Lewis). During 6 of his 8 years in Philly, Spagnuolo coached a player that went to the Pro Bowl. To me, it's great to see that he's had experience coaching every unit on the defense: D-line, linebackers, and secondary. He will know how to get the best out of everyone to ensure the defense works as a well-oiled machine in his scheme.

When he took over as New York's defensive coordinator in 2007, he inherited a defensive unit that finished 25th in the league; in his 1st year, NY's defense improved to 7th in the league. This past season, they improved to 5th in the league, despite the losses of Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora.

In last year's Super Bowl, he gained notoriety for his masterful gameplan that limited Tom Brady and sacked him 5 times, by far the most he had been sacked during the season. However, this isn't the first time he got noticed for shutting down a future HOF QB. During his Philly days, he received the credit for shutting down Brett Favre whenever the Packers played the Eagles. Spags is a guy that has shown over and over that he is capable of out-scheming his opposing coordinator.

Spagnuolo has done an amazing job getting the most out of his defensive players. Justin Tuck had 1 sack in 2 years before Spags came to NY; in the last 2 years, he has 22 sacks. Mathias Kiwanuka, Corey Webster, and Antonio Pierce have all thrived under the tutelage of Spags.

For those that don't know, Spagnuolo runs a base 4-3 defense that focuses on timely blitzes and aggressive play. One thing is for sure: a Spags' defense will never be accused of playing soft. If there's a guy that can reach the untapped potential of Dorsey, Hali, Tyler, and McBride, it's Spagnuolo.

So what's his defensive strategy?


It's attack, attack, attack all the time -- the philosophy he learned from Jim Johnson while working under him in Philadelphia. Blitz all the time and press with the corners. Honestly, this Giants' defense is not as talented in the front 7 as it was last year, yet Spags' creativity and attitude has the unit playing very well.

http://www.milehighreport.com/2009/1/2/707365/straight-from-the-horse-s


You saw it again during the NFC championship game between the Giants and Packers this past January. Hugh Douglas, the former Eagles lineman and current Philadelphia-area radio show talk show host, calls Spagnuolo “a genius at devising blitzes. Their key to beating the best quarterbacks in the league, like the Giants did with Tom Brady in the Super Bowl, is to put the pressure on.

A lot of teams rushed five or six guys at him [Brady] and got nowhere because their blitzes were easy to read. Spagnuolo disguises his blitz packages. He might send four men at you, but one of them might be an outside linebacker and another a defensive back – and they might come from different sides or from the same side. You never know until you watch the films, and then it’s too late.”

http://www.observer.com/2008/o2/sports/demon-defenses-steve-spagnuolo

So why isn't he a head coach yet?

Word is that his interviews have been choppy and he has appeared unprepared. We have to understand that certain guys are much better coordinators than head coaches, and vice versa. However, a good interview doesn't equal on the job success. He may not be a slick talker or salesman, but by all accounts he is damn good defensive coach and his current and former players love him.

RustShack
01-14-2009, 12:46 PM
Maybe he brings in Phillys DB coach to be our DC.

eazyb81
01-14-2009, 01:26 PM
Maybe he brings in Phillys DB coach to be our DC.

Sean McDermott.....yeah that's the rumor.

KCChiefsFan88
01-14-2009, 01:34 PM
Word is that his interviews have been choppy and he has appeared unprepared. We have to understand that certain guys are much better coordinators than head coaches, and vice versa. However, a good interview doesn't equal on the job success. He may not be a slick talker or salesman, but by all accounts he is damn good defensive coach and his current and former players love him.

This sounds like Goonther 10 years ago... I'm just saying

beach tribe
01-14-2009, 02:10 PM
Sean McDermott.....yeah that's the rumor.

That would be great, and after getting Pioli, dreaming big isn't really that hard anymore.

Pitt Gorilla
01-14-2009, 02:11 PM
Has Jim Johnson been considered at all?

eazyb81
01-14-2009, 02:20 PM
Has Jim Johnson been considered at all?

Everything I've heard over the years points to him being completely content to stay an awesome defensive coordinator, a la Monte Kiffin.

OnTheWarpath58
01-14-2009, 02:21 PM
Everything I've heard over the years points to him being completely content to stay an awesome defensive coordinator, a la Monte Kiffin.

Co-signed.

Carlota69
01-14-2009, 02:43 PM
Also getting to know that Spags is interviewing in STL. It was just on the ESPN ticker.

Direckshun
01-14-2009, 03:28 PM
It'd be an interesting marriage. Spags is the main reason Pioli's Patriots lost their only Super Bowl in the Brady era.

Jilly
01-14-2009, 04:33 PM
Seriously, Thank you, easyb81! I'm appreciative of this thread and the information!

eazyb81
01-14-2009, 08:59 PM
It'd be an interesting marriage. Spags is the main reason Pioli's Patriots lost their only Super Bowl in the Brady era.

Agree. I'd still be interested in knowing how Pioli and Spags know each other personally, as this potential partnership caught me off guard.

eazyb81
01-14-2009, 09:00 PM
Seriously, Thank you, easyb81! I'm appreciative of this thread and the information!

You're welcome.

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