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Steve Spagnuolo to meet with Saints Wednesday

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Saints coach Sean Payton said he would look far and wide for the most talented coach available to be his next defensive coordinator.

He will start that search with Steve Spagnuolo. It wouldn’t surprise us if the search ended there as well.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the former Rams head coach will meet with the Saints on Wednesday. We suspect New Orleans wouldn’t meet with the former head coach unless they were ready to hire him.

Spagnuolo may have his choice of jobs. Indianapolis could be interested and Philadelphia might also be a fit. New Orleans would seem to be the most attractive because of the presence of Drew Brees.

The quickest route for Spagnuolo to get back on the head coaching radar is to win another Super Bowl as a coordinator.

Unless, of course, Spags is already on the head coaching radar with the Colts.

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40 Responses to “Steve Spagnuolo to meet with Saints Wednesday”
  1. philwauke says: Jan 17, 2012 5:48 PM

    How good of a defensive coordinator is he?

  2. terripet says: Jan 17, 2012 5:52 PM

    go to the colts

  3. notthekiller says: Jan 17, 2012 5:53 PM

    If Spags wants to be in a situation that he has the talent to be more succesfull, he should go to New Orleans… Better situation then Philly, especially since the Giants not will ride the Perry Fewell train for the next year or so…

  4. roamingabriel says: Jan 17, 2012 5:56 PM

    Tough luck Philly!

  5. lilrob10201 says: Jan 17, 2012 5:57 PM

    Looks like my Eagles dont want a new DC.If we dont fire Juan and hire Spags then we can say goodbye to another season.

  6. bayoubauer says: Jan 17, 2012 6:05 PM

    GET IT DONE!

  7. lvass76 says: Jan 17, 2012 6:10 PM

    first question in the interview: Do you double Vernon Davis or leave him in single coverage so he can keep burning you?

  8. purpleman527 says: Jan 17, 2012 6:11 PM

    Why in the hell aren’t the Vikings interviewing Spags?

  9. nabz034 says: Jan 17, 2012 6:18 PM

    Spags was in a bad situation in STL, I think he would be great as the Colts HC but it doesn’t make sense to hire him as the DC in Indy especially if they don’t have a HC already

  10. sundayisthebestday says: Jan 17, 2012 6:18 PM

    Spags met with the Colts yesterday.

  11. jakek2 says: Jan 17, 2012 6:22 PM

    Can’t beat him, join him

  12. scadevage says: Jan 17, 2012 6:26 PM

    Great move in my mind as the incompetent STL Defense went into lock down load against the Saints durring the regular season. Probably caught their eye no?

  13. skito13 says: Jan 17, 2012 6:49 PM

    Spags got hurt by injuries last year and a
    new offense. I think he learned what it takes and what not to get hung up with, ie new equipment mgr., remodeling the locker room,etc. he is a good coach but, should not be concerned with the color of the drapes. Good luck where ever u go, don’t get diluted
    But delegate the no coaching details.

  14. joelvis72 says: Jan 17, 2012 6:59 PM

    Come to New Orleans…our “Super Bowl window” should be open for at least one more season.

  15. rushbacker says: Jan 17, 2012 7:03 PM

    Best 4-3 coordinator in the league. New Orleans will be flat-out nasty if they get him.

  16. eaglesw00t says: Jan 17, 2012 7:59 PM

    Looks like Andy Reid dragging his feet is about to pay off. He is going to make the cb coach a scapegoat for 4 4th quarter blown leads. If even an average DC had been hired this year, the giants would not have made the playoffs this season. So Andy will come into next season with the same exact staff and tell everyone that things will somehow get better, even though they are the same. Not hiring spagnuolo on day one was the biggest mistake he could have made.

  17. slicknick4point says: Jan 17, 2012 8:01 PM

    I wish he was meeting with the Packers because Dom Capers defense is garbage.

  18. geauxmez says: Jan 17, 2012 8:22 PM

    considering Atlanta just got Nolan, welcome to New Orleans.

  19. Jim says: Jan 17, 2012 9:19 PM

    Spags would be nuts to hitch his wagon to Andy Reid right now – no DC with options would be that stupid. Chances are Philly moves on from Reid and his staff in a year or two, where the Saints should be stable for the next few years.

  20. dolphins4 says: Jan 17, 2012 9:25 PM

    Andy Reid will never win a Super Bowl as a head coach.He is too arrogant and he thinks he could put his paper boy at defensive coordinator ans make it work.

  21. mojosmagic says: Jan 17, 2012 9:29 PM

    I don’t see where he is that great. His D was bottom of the barrel all three years with the Rams. Jim Johnson was the innovator Spags the linebacker coach. He had a 6 game run with a great Giant D line and not much else. More rep then results.

  22. nfl fan says: Jan 17, 2012 9:29 PM

    He’s too good to accept same old thing with Philly and work for Andy Reid.

    It would be interesting however, to see Spags take over in NY if they hoist the Lombardi up this year and carry Coughlin into the sunset.

  23. askbri says: Jan 17, 2012 9:32 PM

    The Saints can only win at home. Pathetic on the road. Great hire, if the Saints get him.

    Still, if you don’t win home field (and get some more help from the refs) – plan on being home again next January.

  24. neovenator250 says: Jan 17, 2012 9:45 PM

    let the duel of the rivals continue: Atlanta steps up its defensive game by getting Nolan. Will the Saints respond by hiring another of the great defensive minds?

  25. wisconsineaglesfan says: Jan 17, 2012 9:49 PM

    As a life long Eagles fan, I am sticking with Juan. Crazy talk I know, but Juan deserves a full offseason to work with the defense. He has a season under his belt as DC, and the defense played MUCH better in the lat half of the season.

    A full offseason of practicing under Juan’s system. New faces will no longer be new faces but teammates that have worked together and gelled over the last season. Hopefully he plays his DBs to their strength though… Nnamdi is a man coverage guy, not zone. Asanti is a zone guy, not man… but Asanti will most likely be gone so that is a mute issue.

    So Spags, thanks but no thanks.

    If anyone needs to leave the Eagles, it is Vick. He brings a lot to the table, but one of those things is 2-4 missed games a year with great potential for season/career ending injury. Not sure I would be willing to trade the draft for Luck like Ditka did for Ricky Williams… but a move up for RGIII without trading away the entire draft would be interesting. But I really doubt that will happen.

  26. laeaglefan says: Jan 17, 2012 10:39 PM

    I really don’t have a problem with Castillo staying. Give him a full off season to do his thing and lets see how it turns out next year. If it flops again, then there is no reason to keep him around. Andy will be gone too and the new coach will bring in his own staff.
    As far as Vick goes, who do they have that’s better? That’s the problem there. They have nobody adequate to replace him, and these retread backup types that will be available in free agency aren’t the answer. I guess they can always bring McNabb back for one last shot at it :-)

  27. nowillrepeat says: Jan 17, 2012 10:48 PM

    Payton and Spags worked together in NY.

    Would be a natural fit.

  28. mojosmagic says: Jan 17, 2012 10:51 PM

    Juan Castillo isn’t qualified to run a Pop Warner defense let alone an NFL team.

  29. 504in860 says: Jan 17, 2012 10:53 PM

    askbri says:
    Jan 17, 2012 9:32 PM
    The Saints can only win at home. Pathetic on the road. Great hire, if the Saints get him.

    Still, if you don’t win home field (and get some more help from the refs) – plan on being home again next January.
    ———————————————-

    Hey, if they get home field they WILL be home next January. Since the Super Bowl is in New Orleans in February, I’m hoping they’ll be home then as well.

  30. vtopa says: Jan 17, 2012 11:01 PM

    Payton + Spags + Brees, Sproles, Thomas, Colston, Graham, Vilma, Porter, Jordan, Smith, Nicks = 2-3 more Superbowls and a bunch of miserable teams in the NFC South and the rest of the NFL. Scary.

  31. bkostela says: Jan 17, 2012 11:45 PM

    vtopa says:
    Jan 17, 2012 11:01 PM
    Payton + Spags + Brees, Sproles, Thomas, Colston, Graham, Vilma, Porter, Jordan, Smith, Nicks = 2-3 more Superbowls and a bunch of miserable teams in the NFC South and the rest of the NFL. Scary.

    ——————————————

    you forget that the saints still have to play at least 8 road games each season… but its all good im sure they’ll break some more yardage records.

  32. yevrag3535 says: Jan 18, 2012 12:31 AM

    His defenses have sucked. Why would anyone want him. Very overated.

  33. daknight93 says: Jan 18, 2012 1:17 AM

    would be a good hire…some head coaches who were fired like spags aren’t meant to be head coaches, but are meant to be very good coordinators…same with nolan in atlanta…a good defensive coach, but sucks as a head coach

  34. roamingabriel says: Jan 18, 2012 1:43 AM

    I’m thinking Colston with Rams horns on his helmet looks good…

  35. roamingabriel says: Jan 18, 2012 1:47 AM

    I’m also thinking the Jets should make Brees the highest paid player in the league…

  36. mdd913 says: Jan 18, 2012 5:02 AM

    The Saints can only win at home. Pathetic on the road.

    ——————————————————————

    The Saints are 16-8 on the road over the last three years. Best in the NFL. Their road record during Sean Payton’s tenure is also the best in the NFL over that 6-year span.

    Try again.

  37. The Baseball Gods says: Jan 18, 2012 10:47 AM

    I love how your reasoning for a defensive coordinator signing with a team is who the QB is on that team. Don’t you think it is more important that the DC have talent on the DEFENSIVE side of the ball? If the Saints win the Super Bowl, but allow a lot of points and are just outscoring teams I highly doubt that the DC would get much credit for the Super Bowl win.

  38. bayoubauer says: Jan 18, 2012 5:18 PM

    The Baseball Gods says:
    Jan 18, 2012 10:47 AM
    I love how your reasoning for a defensive coordinator signing with a team is who the QB is on that team. Don’t you think it is more important that the DC have talent on the DEFENSIVE side of the ball? If the Saints win the Super Bowl, but allow a lot of points and are just outscoring teams I highly doubt that the DC would get much credit for the Super Bowl win.

    Why would you NOT want to be the dc for a team with the best offense in the game? If you’re any good at your job, you can be part of a dominant team.

  39. bayoubauer says: Jan 18, 2012 5:26 PM

    Also, didn’t Harbaugh inherit the same roster Singletary had the year before? and they were one of the best Defenses all year long.

  40. djjasonpaul says: Jan 19, 2012 12:28 AM

    Gregs D wasn’t ever that good to begin with. His style leaves the DBs 10-15 yards off the ball almost every play! His over use of the blitz showed the backfield was thin and the linerbackers except for Dunbar and Vilma are more of back ups. We needed a better D and thank god we can start with a new for 2012! I am glad he is gone, now lets focus on getting Drew, Colston and Nicks signed for at least 3 years! Hopefully Drew will realize he has more then enough money to spend in a lifetime and winning championships is more important then a few extra million per year.

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