Steve Spagnuolo’s been fired as Rams head coach and Saints defensive coordinator in the last two years, but it hasn’t stopped him from landing a job for the 2013 season.
Stacey Dales of the NFL Network reported that Spagnuolo has signed on to be a senior defensive assistant with the Ravens on Friday afternoon and the team confirmed it a short time later.
It’s a sensible landing spot for Spagnuolo. He spent eight years on the same Eagles staff with Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, with Harbaugh taking over as the team’s defensive backs coach after Spagnuolo left to become the Giants’ defensive coordinator in 2007.
There’s no word on what Spagnuolo’s specific responsibilities will be in Baltimore, if they have even been decided at this point. Spagnuolo’s teams have run 4-3 base defenses over the course of his career while the Ravens run a 3-4, although one imagines that Harbaugh has some ideas of how Spagnuolo can assist defensive coordinator Dean Pees despite that difference.
The allure of the association with the Ravens for Spagnuolo is less hazy. Putting his name back into the mix for coordinator jobs next offseason can only be helped by being on the staff of a winning team, something the Ravens have been in every season under Harbaugh.