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Harbaugh: “Tremendous coach” Spagnuolo adds to “strong staff”


Ravens head coach John Harbaugh says the role of new assistant Steve Spagnuolo is simple: Make a good coaching staff even better.

Harbaugh said today that Spagnuolo, who was hired last week with the title of senior defensive assistant, will “assist where needed” and “adds to an already very strong staff.”

Harbaugh praised Spagnuolo, who was fired in January after one year as the Saints’ defensive coordinator, as a coach who can bring a great deal of experience to the defensive meeting rooms.

He’s obviously a tremendous coach, great experience and his accomplishments speak for themselves,” Harbaugh said, via the Carroll County Times. “The more great coaches and great players that we can build into what we’re doing, the better we’re going to be. . . . And he can really work with any position, so that’s a big plus for us.”

Prior to last year with the Saints, Spagnuolo spent three years as head coach of the Rams, two years as defensive coordinator of the Giants and eight years as an assistant with the Eagles, where he worked on the same staff as Harbaugh.

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  1. xxwhodatxx says: May 5, 2013 2:06 PM

    He obviously didn’t watch the Saints D play last year…

  2. nflfollower says: May 5, 2013 2:09 PM

    It’s a smart move and shows the better of the two Harbaughs doesn’t have a huge ego.

  3. scoobies05 says: May 5, 2013 2:15 PM

    another great hire. the best keeps getting better. go ravens

  4. inyofaceagain says: May 5, 2013 2:20 PM

    I admire Harbaugh’s coaching. Jim a little more than John but both tremendously. Never thought much of Spagnulo, I know he’s John’s guy so that’s got a lot to do with it.

  5. berniemadoffsides says: May 5, 2013 2:21 PM

    Loved him as the Giants DC, but he’ll never be a head coach again. Could be a great DC for Baltimore with that cast, however.

  6. lightcleric says: May 5, 2013 2:26 PM

    I know the Saints’ defense wasn’t exactly loaded with talent, but with Gregg Williams they found a way to win a Super Bowl and 37 games in 3 seasons with mostly same personnel(especially the 2011 team). Between that and the disaster in St. Louis, I’m beginning to wonder if the Giants front-four really did “make him”.

  7. Joemontanaflacco says: May 5, 2013 2:26 PM

    What a great move! World champs again! Steelers 4 th place.

  8. thesteelers says: May 5, 2013 2:27 PM

    Quick reminder: we have six rings and the rest of you do not.

  9. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: May 5, 2013 2:28 PM

    Ravens certainly know how to hire defensive coaches.

    How many DCs have they had that have gone onto head coaching jobs in the league? 5?

  10. fukpittsburgh says: May 5, 2013 2:32 PM

    Gahhhh I love my city and I love this team. It just feels so great to be a fan of the Baltimore Ravens.

  11. kd75 says: May 5, 2013 2:33 PM

    When people leave the Giants, their careers seem to fall off a cliff…Right, Steve Smith?

  12. ridingwithnohandlebars says: May 5, 2013 2:37 PM

    At the rate the Ravens have gone through defensive coordinators in the past, there is nothing wrong with having more depth.

  13. gammynomnom says: May 5, 2013 2:38 PM

    Terrible coach is terrible.

  14. helloanybodyhome says: May 5, 2013 2:38 PM

    Don’t think the Rams or Saints will miss him.
    I think he just had the horses in NY.

  15. ravensallday2012 says: May 5, 2013 2:43 PM

    Great move by a great organization

  16. thrstr says: May 5, 2013 3:01 PM

    uhh huh, crows grasping for answers to the #27 ranked defense, he was fired last 3 jobs because of ??? I know I know, they are world champs, how many DCs do they need? Enjoy your trophy baltimorons . . .

  17. greglloydrules says: May 5, 2013 3:08 PM

    Rivalries aside, its a good addition to the Ravens staff. He brings lots of experience. And now I have to hate him.

  18. ninerfan94954 says: May 5, 2013 3:14 PM

    Interesting to observe that the strong organizations/coaches are not afraid to surround themselves with excellent coaches who may have gotten into bad situations as head coaches the first time out. The weaker organizations/coaches do not want anything to shake up the status quo…..

  19. ravanator says: May 5, 2013 3:15 PM

    My beloved Ravens keep FN up! We had a terrible draft, and now hire this clown. It is going to be a long season for me and my boyfriend. Cheers! From my moms basement

  20. Joemontanaflacco says: May 5, 2013 3:18 PM

    Quick reminder. You went 8-8 and almost half the teams in the NFL did better. Plus, we are the champions and you will never be again.

  21. whatjusthapped says: May 5, 2013 5:04 PM

    Ya, his defense last year finished dead last so I’m thinking he’s not counting that among his so called accomplishments.

  22. Ram says: May 5, 2013 5:20 PM

    I love how some Steelers’ fans constantly remind others of their “six” rings. Football didn’t start with the Super Bowl and the Super Bowl should NEVER take away the Championships won by teams that have been around since the dawn of football. I am not a Packers’ fan, but I regard them as the pinnacle football franchise when it comes to NFL Championships with 13! Again, 13 NFL Championships. That is significantly more than the Steelers.

  23. 6allsohard6more says: May 5, 2013 5:24 PM

    Mike Smith,Mike Nolin,Jack Del Rio,Rex Ryan,Chuck Pagano,Marvin Lewis, all Ravens defensive assistants that became head coaches ….

  24. mazblast says: May 5, 2013 5:29 PM

    Something for Ravens fans to remember–People will think better of you if you are gracious in victory. If you are the former, people will not sneer at you nearly as much when you are no longer winning.

    In other words, enjoy winning but don’t gloat. Look how we pour it on the once-mighty Patriots; some of it is because of the arrogance and presumption of Pats’ fans, their owner, coach, and players. Better to be remembered by other teams’ fans as good winners.

    Getting back to the subject–Since he left the Giants, Spagnuolo has proven that it was the players, not him, that fueled the Giants’ Super Bowl win years ago. Did nothing as HC, did worse with the Saints. Got this job because of the old boys’ network and MAYBE because of the work he was credited with doing several stops back. His presence may not hurt the Ravens, but darned if I can see a reason for assuming he can help.

  25. logicailvoicesays says: May 5, 2013 5:44 PM

    Another example of why the Ravens are the number two team in Maryland. The Redskins are winners who hire winners and win Super Bowls. The Ravens are just another second rate franchise.

  26. ravensbob says: May 5, 2013 6:14 PM

    Yup, steelers have 6 rings. 5 before most of the team was even born. Even the Oakland raiders were good at one time. Ancient history….4th place 2013 .

  27. scoobies05 says: May 5, 2013 6:24 PM

    and when did the redskins win all these superbowls. last one was in mid 90s. nothing better than 3rd best in…well where exactly do the redskins play

  28. navyeoddavee9 says: May 5, 2013 6:35 PM

    ravensbob: Steelers won in 2005, 2008, checked the roster, no players born after 2005

  29. cmdrsmooth says: May 5, 2013 6:41 PM

    Looks like Harbaugh will be working for Fox or CBS in another year.

  30. rajbais says: May 5, 2013 6:57 PM

    The future DC in case Dean Pees isn’t there anymore.

  31. valcomm5 says: May 5, 2013 7:05 PM

    You better hope that he doesn’t come in and start head hunting. His ego is bigger than his results. He might start firing people because they sneeze. Don’t let him have anything to do with the run defense, or you will giving up 250 yds/game. Whoever made this decision should get roasted. GO RAMS

  32. lovefootball4life says: May 5, 2013 7:05 PM

    Lets not read too much into this. Perhaps Harbs is just helping out a former coworker. Let Spag learn a little 3-4 while there, reestablish himself and get a real job somewhere else next year. Go Ravens!

  33. mpmoell says: May 5, 2013 8:09 PM

    Ravens will be a wild card team at best. Too classless to be a dynasty

  34. jiggy3198 says: May 5, 2013 8:28 PM

    Hey steelers you do realize that Baltimore has 6 nfl championships ’58, 59, 68, + 3 superbowls just like Pittsburg…. Suck it

  35. valcomm5 says: May 5, 2013 8:52 PM

    Somehow, The Ravens and the 4 pillars just don’t coincide

  36. navyeoddavee9 says: May 5, 2013 11:12 PM

    Jiggy: why don’t you count the 4 NFL championships, the Browns won also, that gives you 10. But then again the Ravens are the Browns not the Colts. But then again do the Colts get to count the Ravens championships, as you are trying to count theirs

  37. jlv3gem says: May 5, 2013 11:46 PM

    I smell dynasty.

  38. ilovefoolsball says: May 6, 2013 12:18 AM

    He’s a historic head coach.
    He made history in New Orleans.

  39. jiggy3198 says: May 6, 2013 6:09 AM

    Because I’m talking about the city of Baltimore. Heck I could even count the USFL and CFL championships not BALTIMORE has more football championships

  40. SAV says: May 6, 2013 8:48 AM

    I live in NY. Giants fans idolize Spags. Ravens have again played the league for fools. Here’s my suggestion to all the Ravens haters-just jump on board. Best organization in football was contending for chips with the likes of Kyle Boller and a washed up Air Mcnair. The next 10 years will yield at least 2 more chips and there is nothing your aging QB can do about it John Harbs is the best coach in football. Oz is the best exec. Bischotti best owner. Now FOLD.

  41. crownofthehelmet says: May 6, 2013 9:05 AM

    “I’d like to come coach here – you guys are good, and I’m no slouch” – SS

    “Don’t sell yourself short Spags, you’re a tremendous slouch.” – JH

  42. navyeoddavee9 says: May 6, 2013 12:24 PM

    Jiggly: Steelers have 6, Ravens have 2, talking NFL. Talking teams not cities. It’s teams that win championships, even the most hardened Ravens fan, will tell u, Ravens and Colts not the same, just because your city has a revolving door for football teams, doesn’t mean u throw all the teams in the same cup. If the Ravens change their name to the crows and don’t leave Baltimore, win a SB, u can count it.

  43. ravonatorswallowsspunk says: May 6, 2013 2:09 PM

    Dynasty? I smell something but it sure as hell aint a dynasty


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