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Saints to hire Steve Spagnuolo

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Saints coach Sean Payton gave lip service to taking his time and talking to a lot of people in order to find his next defensive coordinator. In truth, the Saints were locked in on the biggest name left on the market.

New Orleans hired former Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo to be their next defensive coordinator, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports.

It’s a great fit for both sides. Spagnuolo is a talented defensive mind that knows how to create a pass rush, something the Saints can certainly use. He can keep New Orleans’ 4-3 attacking defense in place.

It’s an ideal landing spot for Spagnuolo because he can rehab his coaching reputation during games in the national spotlight with a chance to compete for the Super Bowl.

Spagnuolo interviewed with the Saints on Wednesday. He was the only known coach to talk with Payton about the position since Gregg Williams left for the Rams.

A lot of Saints fans will feel like they’ve upgraded their defensive coordinator spot significantly. We have a lot of respect for Williams and don’t think it’s that simple, but New Orleans certainly did well to land Spagnuolo before a team like the Eagles or Colts tried to hire him.

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  1. phillyphever says: Jan 19, 2012 6:05 PM

    Well Reid, you got a lot of explaining to do.

  2. rcampore says: Jan 19, 2012 6:06 PM

    There goes the “dream team’s” latest dream being crushed.

  3. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Jan 19, 2012 6:08 PM

    The eiggles must have told andy that the money has dried up do your thing with what you got !

  4. buckybadger says: Jan 19, 2012 6:09 PM

    As a fan of a different NFC contender I would have preferred them trying to convert an offensive line coach to be their defensive coordinator. I don’t care for this hire at all.

  5. justanotherdummy says: Jan 19, 2012 6:11 PM

    I would go there over Philadelphia too. Better situation, better qb. The defense does not need to be fantastic to make the Saints a really tough out for anybody in the league. Too much drama and pressure on the staff in Philly.

  6. bleedgreen80 says: Jan 19, 2012 6:12 PM

    Good job Andy!!

  7. ahpzuazua says: Jan 19, 2012 6:12 PM

    Isnt this the guy that trips players from the sideline?

  8. skito13 says: Jan 19, 2012 6:13 PM

    Congrats Spags! Thanks for your time in STL ,now u can concentrate on what u r good at.

  9. billb09 says: Jan 19, 2012 6:14 PM

    Great for the Saints and their fans. Tough on the rest of the NFC. With that offense.
    Go G-MEN. Good luck Coach Spags!

  10. bayoubauer says: Jan 19, 2012 6:14 PM

    I like it!

  11. glenne81 says: Jan 19, 2012 6:15 PM

    Apparently he wasnt aware of the wonderful job Leslie did keeping the Vikings together during the ’10 snowstorm. If he was, he surely would of joined that remarkable team.

  12. tjacks7 says: Jan 19, 2012 6:16 PM

    Ha! These suckers missed out on the Alan Williams sweepstakes.

    Oh, the life of a Viking fan. Is it 2014 yet?

  13. explosionsauce says: Jan 19, 2012 6:16 PM

    It’s a great fit for both sides. Spagnuolo is a talented defensive mind that knows how to create a pass rush, something the Saints sorely lacks.

    ___________________________

    Saints sorely lack. That’s elementary school grammar.

  14. hey804 says: Jan 19, 2012 6:16 PM

    I was having a crappy day till I read this. Glad Saints organization gave me something to be excited about before the draft.

  15. paulsdamnblog says: Jan 19, 2012 6:17 PM

    …And Eagles fans everywhere bowed their heads and sobbed.

  16. ahpzuazua says: Jan 19, 2012 6:17 PM

    Opps…. no it was not… sorry

  17. xxwhodatxx says: Jan 19, 2012 6:18 PM

    Us fans respect Williams also but there was absolutely NO pass rush without the blitz and that’s something we’ve been missing the whole time he was here. I also think D. Sharper was a major reason 2009 was so successful as he tricked many of QBs. Welcome Spag.

  18. eaglebobby says: Jan 19, 2012 6:20 PM

    I love how all of you guys think the Eagles were after Spagnoulo–and whom did you hear that from? Did you hear it from the Eagles?? Nope, because they haven’t said anything in two weeks. All there was was speculation in the press that he “could land in Philly”–that was the national and Philly press. If the Eagles wanted him, they would have gotten him–his wife is from Philly and I’m sure she would have liked him to work back there.

  19. bigjdve says: Jan 19, 2012 6:20 PM

    Not that I am complaining as I think that this is a good thing. However what happened to the Rooney rule, I thought that a minority candidate needed to be interviewed for each coaching or front office position, unless hired from within.

  20. pilot2011 says: Jan 19, 2012 6:21 PM

    Cam aint skeered

  21. skinsrollyou says: Jan 19, 2012 6:22 PM

    Haha, more dreams crushed for you iggles fans. maybe its karma. if you werent all such terrible people, maybe you could win another superbowl… oh wait, you are one of the handful of teams that doesnt have one! hahahaha

  22. nineroutsider says: Jan 19, 2012 6:23 PM

    Did they hire the Rams’ Spags or the NY Giants’ Spags?

    You never know…

  23. tripoint9109 says: Jan 19, 2012 6:25 PM

    WTF is Andy gonna do now?

  24. djones604 says: Jan 19, 2012 6:26 PM

    Anybody ever wonder if Andy sneaks a couple of his kids Oxycodone once in a while ? I started to think he does .

  25. kwoodc says: Jan 19, 2012 6:31 PM

    The Saints will never get back to the Super Bowl unless they trade Brees for Tebow.

  26. njgiant81 says: Jan 19, 2012 6:32 PM

    I’ll look forward to being able to witness the first 19-0 season next year.

  27. staff2cj4td says: Jan 19, 2012 6:33 PM

    what Spag’s does with an aggressive d-line and and scheme for d-backs, I would og LOVED to bring him to Detroit and see what he could do with our D. To have the Stafford and Calvin led offense with his D would of been a great leap towards bringing home a championship!!!

    But congrat’s N.O. for plucking him, major upgrade!

  28. remok9 says: Jan 19, 2012 6:33 PM

    I felt a great disturbance in the force, as if millions of Eagles fans cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

  29. rcampore says: Jan 19, 2012 6:34 PM

    ahpzuazua says: Jan 19, 2012 6:12 PM

    Isnt this the guy that trips players from the sideline?

    ____________________________________

    The lack of football knowledge is just mind boggling.

  30. JackLeone says: Jan 19, 2012 6:34 PM

    The Rams did a put a pretty good spanking on the Saints this season & won their first game. It only makes since to iron out a deal w/ this guy

  31. tdrundmc says: Jan 19, 2012 6:43 PM

    Yeah Spags did a great job with the defense in St. Louis, great hire

  32. tv426 says: Jan 19, 2012 6:43 PM

    Bigjdve – the Rooney rule never applied to assistant coaches. And if Im not mistaken, I think it was done away with for head coach hires.

    I was really hoping the Saints would land Spags. I always like how his Ds played. Excellent hire!

  33. kd75 says: Jan 19, 2012 6:51 PM

    Great fit. Payton and Spags are the same type of personalities. But I would have taken the paid year off.

  34. pflynn20 says: Jan 19, 2012 6:54 PM

    Great news Eagles fans…This really means the last the of Andy now.

  35. pflynn20 says: Jan 19, 2012 6:55 PM

    *year

  36. upperdecker19 says: Jan 19, 2012 6:58 PM

    Great hire!

    Whew!

    Regards,
    Juan Castillo

  37. der6495 says: Jan 19, 2012 7:00 PM

    “knows how to create a pass rush”

    Yeah, they were called Tuck, Umenyiora, Strahan, Kiwanuka and Tollefson.

    Any coordinator can generate a pass rush by blitzing, you need a front 4 that can do it alone, unlike the Saints & Packers this year.

  38. turbodog1027 says: Jan 19, 2012 7:01 PM

    Saints will be first to host a Super Bowl. Who Dat

  39. redbeardxxv says: Jan 19, 2012 7:04 PM

    OK, calling Vegas to bet on next year’s SB… I got the Saints vs Anyone by 17 points.

  40. backindasaddle says: Jan 19, 2012 7:06 PM

    Great hire for the Saints. I would expect the Saints D to improve markedly next year. Spags is a top D coordinator. Nice hire.

  41. flyeaglesfly13 says: Jan 19, 2012 7:07 PM

    Yea Andy, explain this one. Oh wait you haven’t said a word in over 2 weeks. Probably waiting for someone to hire him so u have an excuse why u didn’t and why we’re now stuck with Juan again.

  42. greymares says: Jan 19, 2012 7:14 PM

    when Juan Castillo wasn’t fired in the first few days you had to know he was coming back. this is no surprise to me.

  43. mrbigass says: Jan 19, 2012 7:18 PM

    I thought Greg Williams was always supposed to be some defensive mastermind and now he’s a turd compared to Spag?

  44. ogsaintcharles says: Jan 19, 2012 7:23 PM

    B’DOW NFC!! Saints gonna have WAY better D next year!! Welcome, Spags!!

  45. bmcg13 says: Jan 19, 2012 7:24 PM

    The Eagles don’t even bring him in …. Your kidding me… Lurie your gold standard is tin foil …. I give up…. When’s our first blackout … The only way Reid goes is if Lurie sells the team….

  46. lilrob10201 says: Jan 19, 2012 7:24 PM

    And people wonder what drives Eagles fans to drink.

  47. bmcg13 says: Jan 19, 2012 7:29 PM

    It’s officially now a baseball city at least the Phillies go all in.
    We get sold championships (plural) by the Eagles.

  48. skito13 says: Jan 19, 2012 7:41 PM

    Spags is good but the Saints need a few more horses.

  49. lovemyqueens says: Jan 19, 2012 7:43 PM

    And the Vikings wanted the COLTS defensive back coach for a DC?! WHAT THE EFFIN’ H GUYS!!

  50. Aaron says: Jan 19, 2012 7:48 PM

    Very excited about this hire! Here’s to hoping he can get more production out of 1st rounder Cam Jordan this season.

    Very interested to see NO’s strategy in the draft this year and free agency…need to get Spags some new toys to play with!

  51. thefiesty1 says: Jan 19, 2012 7:49 PM

    Too bad Indy drug their feet in getting rid of Caldwell.

  52. deathmonkey41 says: Jan 19, 2012 7:51 PM

    For all you people that think Spags is the Saints’ savior- have you watched the Rams defense the past 3 seasons? They had the 32nd ranked defense against the run this past season. It’s amazing that all Spagnuolo needed was for the Giants to beat the Patriots in the Superbowl to make everyone think he was the greatest DC ever. The Rams had 6 more sacks than the Saints last season- yeah, that Spagnuolo is a master of pressure.

  53. eaglesfan94 says: Jan 19, 2012 7:51 PM

    Not cool, Andy. You had a two weeks to hire this man before the Saints did, meaning that there is no excuse to not get one of the best DC’s in the game.

  54. nowillrepeat says: Jan 19, 2012 7:54 PM

    Super star coaching staff

  55. skeebo80 says: Jan 19, 2012 7:56 PM

    Too bad Spags can’t get on the field himself. He’s a great defensive coach but you’ve got to have the talent on the field. Now being a niner fan,clearly we don’t have that problem.

  56. 7to10for6allday says: Jan 19, 2012 8:03 PM

    As an eagles fan, I do my part to protest and I don’t spend any money on this team unless Reid goes. Unfortunately the eagles are one of the richest teams because they always sell out…..so it’s a lost cause. Eagles fans pass this on and maybe we might just get everyone on board with not going to the games.

  57. jaydlawii says: Jan 19, 2012 8:03 PM

    All well perks perhaps castillo will be better next season. That and the offense won’t turn the ball over so much.

  58. fissels says: Jan 19, 2012 8:24 PM

    good move

  59. bobbyhoying says: Jan 19, 2012 8:26 PM

    Andy Reid failed to hire a guy who stunk the joint up in Saint Louis. So what.

  60. stini777 says: Jan 19, 2012 8:37 PM

    I hope you enjoyed your vacation Andy. I think I’m going to take a vacation from watching your team play next year.

  61. dolphins4 says: Jan 19, 2012 8:44 PM

    It looks like the Eagles won’t be winning the Super Bowl next year either.They’ll still have the same crappy defense that blew 5 fourth quarter leads.If hiring your offensive line coach to be defensive coordinator was such a great move everybody would be doing it.The only thing Loser Lurie is concerned about is making money not winning Super Bowls.If Jerry Jones owned the Eagles he would have hired Steve Spagnuolo 2 weeks ago.The Eagles will NEVER win a Super Bowl.

  62. veetan says: Jan 19, 2012 8:44 PM

    As a life-long Saints fan that suffered through DECADES of faithfully supporting a team that led the entire world of sports in finding new and creative ways to lose games they should’ve won, I still can’t believe we’re finally considered an elite team with a Lombard trophy!

    That said, I had that same old feeling come back watching a Gregg Williams’ defense fail to close out a playoff game that we scored over 30 points in, had the lead, with our defense facing a mediocre offense, with 1:30 left in the game and 80 yards to go. Amazing.

    His schemes only work if you’ve got the manpower to pull it off (re: Darren Sharper). As the DC, Coach Williams couldn’t make run a successful prevent defensive scheme in a relatively straight forward situation, prefering instead to do the same stupid blitzing scheme, thus losing the game. Can we do much worse than that? I think not.

    OK, fine. Spags would therefore seem to be an upgrade – at least to a more itellegent coach. But brother Saints fans, Spags ain’t gonne be the guy tackling out there. He’s gotta have better talent, too. So I’m not ready to celebrate just yet. Ultimately, the jury’s out on this move until Spags proves something.

  63. tom62215 says: Jan 19, 2012 8:50 PM

    Andy and Juan have entered the Wingbowl eating contest as a team.

  64. rugdaniels says: Jan 19, 2012 8:57 PM

    I was sort of hoping Perry Fewell would get a HC job and Spagnuolo would come back to the Giants. But that’s being way too greedy. I’m happy for the guy, the Saints is a better spot than the Eagles would have been.

  65. domeinate says: Jan 19, 2012 8:59 PM

    Test

  66. rantfire says: Jan 19, 2012 9:06 PM

    I would love an explanation from Reid, of course whatever it is, it’s a lie. Either he was quiet for 2 weeks because he was going all out for Spags and he got turned down or he is just stupid and blew off the press so he could go on vacation and think about how else he can screw fans.

    Now that Juan will obviously be coming back, let’s go after some quality DEs or OL in round 1, sign a couple undrafted FAs to plug in at LB and Safety and watch the whole year fall apart before it even begins. Castillo is almost as incompetent as Reid. They are the perfect pair. FIRE REID NOW. He’s a lame duck now anyway.

  67. billybatty says: Jan 19, 2012 9:06 PM

    Spag’s agenda on arrival:

    1. Fire long time equipment manager
    2. Fire quarterback coach
    3. Bar all fan favorite former saints from premises.
    4. Bring in all washed up former giants.

    Done and done!

  68. docboss says: Jan 19, 2012 9:09 PM

    I hate NO because they are so damn good, but I admire them for getting Spags. Classy guy who was dealt a bad hand in STL. This was a bad situation at a bad time. If NO can figure out their cap issues with free agency (Brees, Colson, etc), they are the favorites in the NFC in 2012. Anyone who questions Spags’ ability to coach D is a bonehead. Philly must be freaking out.

  69. objectivenflfan says: Jan 19, 2012 9:11 PM

    Fun fact: Steve Spagnuolo is 5 foot 7 inches tall.

  70. sg419 says: Jan 19, 2012 9:16 PM

    Steve Spagnuolo is expected to bring his Rams DC, Ken Flajole, to Saints – probably as secondary coach.

  71. sg419 says: Jan 19, 2012 9:17 PM

    ,championship

  72. geauxmez says: Jan 19, 2012 9:23 PM

    this.made.my.night.

  73. schmitty2 says: Jan 19, 2012 9:27 PM

    deathmonkey41 says:
    Jan 19, 2012 7:51 PM
    For all you people that think Spags is the Saints’ savior- have you watched the Rams defense the past 3 seasons? They had the 32nd ranked defense against the run this past season. It’s amazing that all Spagnuolo needed was for the Giants to beat the Patriots in the Superbowl to make everyone think he was the greatest DC ever. The Rams had 6 more sacks than the Saints last season- yeah, that Spagnuolo is a master of pressure.

    Well your comment about the Ram’s 32nd ranked run defense would be exactly why they didn’t have a ton of sacks genius.Can’t get a sack on a handoff. Don’t you think a team that blitzed half the time like the Saint’s should lead the league in sacks??

  74. fmwarner says: Jan 19, 2012 9:31 PM

    bmcg13 says: Jan 19, 2012 7:29 PM

    It’s officially now a baseball city at least the Phillies go all in.
    We get sold championships (plural) by the Eagles.
    ==================================

    What is it exactly about the 2011 Eagles that wasn’t all in? That’s why everyone got excited in the first place. They WERE all in. The fact that it didn’t work doesn’t erase that.

  75. yevrag3535 says: Jan 19, 2012 9:36 PM

    Spagnuolo blows, very overated, Stlouis defenses have sucked for the entire time he was in charge. Bad move Saints…..

  76. markus124 says: Jan 19, 2012 9:46 PM

    This is good. Now he can coach the Saints defense until Tom Coughlin retires and then become the Giants head coach.

  77. mojosmagic says: Jan 19, 2012 9:48 PM

    Spags had a nice 6 game run with the Giants who had unbelievable talent on the D line that year. Not saying he isn’t good but what else has he accomplished since? At the end of the day you still need players and if you have to blitz all the time your toast.

  78. paganmonkey says: Jan 19, 2012 10:03 PM

    Hello Brad Childress… If he doesn’t get a head coaching job, he’ll be asst head coach/defence.

  79. phillyswagchamp says: Jan 19, 2012 10:06 PM

    You fake Eagle fans are pathetic. Get informed. I for one do not wanna see a third system change in three years. Spagnuolo is a fantastic d-coordinator but would not work with Washburn and our wide nine. Which was very successful. And as for rooting for Reid to go smack yourself. Who would you possibly want to replace him?I’m disappointed with the outcome of the season but that doesn’t mean Ill listen to Dolphin our Redskins fans. Get relevant then we’ll talk

  80. dmvgiant says: Jan 19, 2012 10:30 PM

    Last year it was Sproles, this year it’s Spags. Can’t somebody outbid these fools?!?

  81. justanotherdummy says: Jan 19, 2012 10:37 PM

    Is he bringing Strahan, Tuck, Osi, et al. with him?

  82. roamingabriel says: Jan 19, 2012 10:53 PM

    Why are you Eagles fans upset?

    You play in the NFC east and there’s only one good QB there, so who needs defense?

    I can see the Cowboys, Eagles and Redskins at about 6 wins apiece…

  83. marcsasharc says: Jan 19, 2012 11:08 PM

    wheres Jackntorres? what a clown!!!

  84. ogsaintcharles says: Jan 19, 2012 11:17 PM

    I agree with posters like veetan and others who says that the Saints now need to get better defensive players for Spags to coach up. However, at least they have a DC now who understands that you need to generate a pass rush with your base defensive front (especially in the 1 and 2 gaps) and not strictly rely on DE’s and blitzing. I am confident that he will be able to influence draft and FA decisions so that we get the “horses” up front that the Saints need. The Saints were burned too many times such as in the Divisional Round game with the 9ers when they committed players to the blitz and left playmakers like V. Davis in single coverage.

  85. eaglesnoles05 says: Jan 19, 2012 11:25 PM

    Well, get ready birds fans… juan is coming back, like it or not.

  86. n0hopeleft says: Jan 19, 2012 11:34 PM

    remok9 says: Jan 19, 2012 6:33 PM

    I felt a great disturbance in the force, as if millions of Eagles fans cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

    ____________________________________

    HAHAHAHHAA!!!!

    The Death Star just doo dooed on the City of Bromance!!!!!

  87. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 19, 2012 11:40 PM

    deathmonkey41 says:
    Jan 19, 2012 7:51 PM
    For all you people that think Spags is the Saints’ savior- have you watched the Rams defense the past 3 seasons? They had the 32nd ranked defense against the run this past season. It’s amazing that all Spagnuolo needed was for the Giants to beat the Patriots in the Superbowl to make everyone think he was the greatest DC ever. The Rams had 6 more sacks than the Saints last season- yeah, that Spagnuolo is a master of pressure.
    ________
    yeah pretty much an ignorant trainwreck of a post.
    many times coaches fail as head coaches but they succeed as coordinators. A defensive coordinator becomes a head coach and all of a sudden doesn’t do well and people say he’s not a good defensive coach.
    NOOOOOO!
    It’s because he isn’t a good HEAD COACH, which means he was focusing on so many more issues than just the defense.
    I’m flabbergasted that you would even say such an ignorant remark and you read this site.
    One needs to look no further than Wade Phillips who was a sucky Dallas HC, with a not so great defense. He goes to Houston and BAM! great defensive coordinator.

  88. n0hopeleft says: Jan 19, 2012 11:51 PM

    7to10for6allday says: Jan 19, 2012 8:03 PM

    As an eagles fan, I do my part to protest and I don’t spend any money on this team unless Reid goes. Unfortunately the eagles are one of the richest teams because they always sell out…..so it’s a lost cause. Eagles fans pass this on and maybe we might just get everyone on board with not going to the games.
    _____________________________________

    your name is 7to10for6

    Fire Andy Reid?

    The guy who brought both 7 and 10 into your pathetic organization?

    Giants: 3

    Eagles: 0

    You better hope we dont win a 4th losers!

  89. roamingabriel says: Jan 20, 2012 1:13 AM

    ogsaintcharles says:
    Jan 19, 2012 11:17 PM
    I agree with posters like veetan and others who says that the Saints now need to get better defensive players for Spags to coach up. However, at least they have a DC now who understands that you need to generate a pass rush with your base defensive front (especially in the 1 and 2 gaps) and not strictly rely on DE’s and blitzing. I am confident that he will be able to influence draft and FA decisions so that we get the “horses” up front that the Saints need. The Saints were burned too many times such as in the Divisional Round game with the 9ers when they committed players to the blitz and left playmakers like V. Davis in single coverage.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    All you Aints fans are crying about the blitzes costing you the game.

    Get real, what cost you guys that game is 5 turnovers! Your hero Drew Brees who walks on water when you’re up to your a$$es in gators effed up. But you swampwater drinkers are going to blame Williams.

    You guys have been the most pathetic franchise in the NFL since your inception. The last few years are just a temporary respite from your misery…

  90. daknight93 says: Jan 20, 2012 1:13 AM

    I’m optimistic about spags, but Saints need to clean house on defense and get new front 4 that can pressure the passer and cause sacks without blitzing..huge upgrade over gregg williams, Saints were smart to allow his contract to expire..Greg williams is a poor playcaller and he folds in critical moments. He gave up 80 & 85 yd drives for touchdowns to a pedestrian offense like 49ers..alex smith drives this offense for winning td in 96sec…are you kidding me, he had 135yds passing up until those last 2 drives and turns into joe montana..Gregg Williams EGO screwed sean payton on that last drive and he couldn’t wait to leave nola to join his buddy fisher

  91. kevpft says: Jan 20, 2012 1:17 AM

    njgiant81 says: Jan 19, 2012 6:32 PM

    I’ll look forward to being able to witness the first 19-0 season next year.

    ==================

    So the Saints get 16 home games next year?

  92. rushbacker says: Jan 20, 2012 2:59 AM

    Spagnuolo is a significant upgrade from Williams, who has more rep than ability. Saints are gonna be nasty next year.

  93. cdsaints says: Jan 20, 2012 3:21 AM

    Well it’s officially time to start the “spagheads”

    After the defensive meltdown in San Fran, We have unfinished business…
    …Superbowl XLVII, here we come.

    The superdome will be rockin
    There’s no more “aints”
    Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints!?!?!

  94. maturedwoman says: Jan 20, 2012 4:37 AM

    Good luck

  95. ham1 says: Jan 20, 2012 5:38 AM

    I admit it. I thought if the Egirls land Spags, that the stars may have aligned in their favor to win a superbowl.

    Glad it did not happen.

    Now things can go bak to the way they always have been.

    No superbowl for you egirls. Ever

  96. ham1 says: Jan 20, 2012 5:38 AM

    I admit it. I thought if the Egirls land Spags, that the stars may have aligned in their favor to win a superbowl.

    Glad it did not happen.

    Now things can go back to the way they always have been.

    No superbowl for you egirls. Ever

  97. bbk1000 says: Jan 20, 2012 6:10 AM

    Two years ago Gregg Williams was a genius, now he doesn’t know how to coach?, gimme a break.

    Spags was good for the Giants but they had great players on defense.

    I appreciate what Spags did to help the Giants, but he is now on a team that I hate so I now hate him and hope he fails big time.

    Fails Spags, fail.

  98. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 20, 2012 8:20 AM

    I love this. It is a good move for Spags, good pick up for New Orleans. LMFAO@Eagles fans. Another failure on the horizon, 6-10, 7-9?

    And now Fewell can coach and not worry about his job next year, entering the final year of his contract.

    Ha Iggles fans wishing the man to fail because he didn’t go back to that slag heap after Reid disrespected him for YEARS.

  99. voiceofrealism says: Jan 20, 2012 8:45 AM

    Rams defense this year was 26th in points allowed, and 22nd in yards allowed. Defense was a big disappointment and he was fired. Yep, that ought to put the Saints over the top. I don’t see what the big deal is.

  100. deathmonkey41 says: Jan 20, 2012 8:46 AM

    schmitty2 says:
    Jan 19, 2012 9:27 PM

    Well your comment about the Ram’s 32nd ranked run defense would be exactly why they didn’t have a ton of sacks genius.Can’t get a sack on a handoff. Don’t you think a team that blitzed half the time like the Saint’s should lead the league in sacks??

    How many Rams games did you watch exactly? Spagnuolo blitzes a lot, you clown. His “exotic blitzes” just get picked up a lot, I’m guessing by “exotic blocking schemes”, lol . And yes, you are correct, his complete inability to stop the run shews his stats and makes him a much better D-coordinator than he really is. Like someone said earlier- unless he brings that front four from the 2007 Giants, he will once again be exposed for being a very average coordinator.

  101. cshearing says: Jan 20, 2012 9:00 AM

    Gregg Williams is good, but he has become too enamored with the big blitz. It cost the Saints dearly in their last game. Spags should be an upgrade, if only for play-calling.

  102. eaglesw00t says: Jan 20, 2012 9:18 AM

    I called this weeks ago, when Jeff Lurie had an end of season presser, and Andy was nowhere to be found. He would drag his feet, and not say anything at all until draft time. Then say that Juan Castillo did an admirable job at the end of the season, and deserved a second run at it.

    And then, here we (Eagles fans) are, going into the offseason. Now, with no Ryan Grigson, and with Howie Roseman and Joe Banner (accountants) running the FO, and and O-Line coach scouting our defensive players for this draft.

    Something tells me this draft is going to be a monumental failure. You cant run a football team with a bunch of accountants. You have proven that already Eagles.

    I hereby renounce my season tickets. I will put my money where my mouth is, and not re-up them. I give up on the Andy Reid era. My living room is a lot warmer, and I dont have to suffer through all of your gametime blunders, and arrogant attitude any more.

  103. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 20, 2012 9:26 AM

    markus124 says:
    Jan 19, 2012 9:46 PM
    This is good. Now he can coach the Saints defense until Tom Coughlin retires and then become the Giants head coach.

    ————-

    Fewell would get the job before he did.

  104. nolarules says: Jan 20, 2012 9:53 AM

    Good start to fixing the defense. Very solid hire. Still plenty of work to be done to have a chance at a solid defense. Going to need to be active on the free agency side to pick up some pieces for the defense since they wasted the first round pick on a RB that was not needed (I know they did not have Sproles signed at the time, but RBs in Payton’s offense always seem to be interchangeable). Need to find a few LBs who don’t continually block themselves and DEs who can get some pressure (present DEs might improve if they are asked to do something other than bull rush every play which is all Williams ever called for them to do)

  105. deathmonkey41 says: Jan 20, 2012 12:16 PM

    ilovefoolsball says:
    Jan 19, 2012 11:40 PM
    yeah pretty much an ignorant trainwreck of a post.
    many times coaches fail as head coaches but they succeed as coordinators. A defensive coordinator becomes a head coach and all of a sudden doesn’t do well and people say he’s not a good defensive coach.
    NOOOOOO!
    It’s because he isn’t a good HEAD COACH, which means he was focusing on so many more issues than just the defense.
    I’m flabbergasted that you would even say such an ignorant remark and you read this site.
    One needs to look no further than Wade Phillips who was a sucky Dallas HC, with a not so great defense. He goes to Houston and BAM! great defensive coordinator.

    Really? You’re comparing someone like Phillips who has a large body of successful DC work to someone like Spagnuolo, who all of a sudden became a household name when the Giants beat the Patriots in the Superbowl and then in 3 years, couldn’t field a decent defense in St. Louis? Even when Wade Phillips was head coach in Dallas and they fired their DC, he took over playcalling and the defense was vastly improved. Spagnuolo not only was a lousy head coach, but all he could do was build a defense that was sloppy, undisciplined, unable to tackle, unable to cover, or even get pressure on the QB consistantly. I’d say Spagnuolo’s 2 successful years as a DC of an already talented Giants defense and 3 unsuccessful ones in St. Louis, which he built himself might mean that he has something to prove, but you go right ahead and crown him the greatest DC of all time.

  106. agelardi says: Jan 20, 2012 1:35 PM

    “Spagnuolo interviewed with the Saints on Wednesday. He was the only known coach to talk with Payton about the position since Gregg Williams left for the Rams.”

    Is the Rooney Rule only for Head Coaches? Just wondering.

  107. schmitty2 says: Jan 20, 2012 1:45 PM

    deathmonkey41 says:
    Jan 20, 2012 8:46 AM
    schmitty2 says:
    Jan 19, 2012 9:27 PM

    Well your comment about the Ram’s 32nd ranked run defense would be exactly why they didn’t have a ton of sacks genius.Can’t get a sack on a handoff. Don’t you think a team that blitzed half the time like the Saint’s should lead the league in sacks??

    How many Rams games did you watch exactly? Spagnuolo blitzes a lot, you clown. His “exotic blitzes” just get picked up a lot, I’m guessing by “exotic blocking schemes”, lol . And yes, you are correct, his complete inability to stop the run shews his stats and makes him a much better D-coordinator than he really is. Like someone said earlier- unless he brings that front four from the 2007 Giants, he will once again be exposed for being a very average coordinator

    Spags was the HEAD COACH of the Rams not the DC you idiot. That would be Ken Flajole

  108. deathmonkey41 says: Jan 20, 2012 2:49 PM

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    Jan 20, 2012 1:45 PM

    Spags was the HEAD COACH of the Rams not the DC you idiot. That would be Ken Flajole

    Yeah, just like Marty Mornhinweg was the offensive coordinator of the Eagles.

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