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Steve Spagnuolo raves about Ravens’ defense

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Steve Spagnuolo is now the senior defensive assistant for the Ravens, but he has previously been head coach of the Rams, defensive coordinator of the Giants and Saints, and a defensive assistant on the Eagles. He’s seen a lot of NFL defenses.

But he thinks this Ravens team has as good a defense as he’s ever seen, anywhere.

Spagnuolo says he loves the defense he’s now coaching in Baltimore, and he says the way they’ll be able to get after the quarterback compares favorably to the excellent Super Bowl-winning Giants defensive line of 2007, when the Giants led the league in sacks and won the Super Bowl.

Defensively, wow,” Spagnuolo told the team’s website. “I had little visions of the Giants’ front that I happened to be privileged to be working with. This is as good a looking football team that I’ve ever seen. I’m talking about physically and stout.”

Spagnuolo said a team with pass rushers including Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, Haloti Ngata, Arthur Jones, Chris Canty and Pernell McPhee also happens to have some pretty good coaches.

“A lot of times you look on another team’s roster and you say, ‘They have great players. That’s why they are good,’” Spagnuolo said. “It’s not just great players here. It’s great players and great coaches. This defensive coaching staff is as fine as I’ve ever been around.”

And Spagnuolo has been around a long time.

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  1. siggtacular says: Jun 28, 2013 8:00 PM

    Ravens Repeat

  2. hutch119 says: Jun 28, 2013 8:03 PM

    He took a lot of blame last year for what was really just an incredibly untalented defense in NOLA.

    I have a hard time imagining Ryan not being a step down. The Saints defense is going to be crazy awful this year.

  3. ravensfan996 says: Jun 28, 2013 8:06 PM

    Can’t wait til the season to kick off, then let all the talking heads from We Hate Baltimore (read ESPN) and then tell me about how much we lost, and why we wont get back to the playoffs!!!

  4. lennylyles says: Jun 28, 2013 8:09 PM

    The Ravens front office is a s good as it gets in knowing when to get rid of veterans and bring in new and younger players.

  5. gloryfromheaven says: Jun 28, 2013 8:11 PM

    Wow even better then the Giants defense that basically beat the 18-0 Patriots? I didn’t realize all they needed to do was replace Lewis and Reed with a couple of clowns….

  6. allhailkingflacco says: Jun 28, 2013 8:12 PM

    Steve… Please shut up before you say something like “Dream Team” and jinx us anymore than what you may have already done.


    Concerned Ravens Fan

  7. wryly1 says: Jun 28, 2013 8:13 PM

    Not only have Ravens lost multiple veteran starters on both sides of the ball from their Super Bowl team, they are, out of necessity, being forced to convert from a defensive to an offensive team this offseason. I wouldn’t bet on them making the playoffs this year.

  8. vibesid says: Jun 28, 2013 8:14 PM

    If this team comes together to play as a unit, it has the potential to be the top defense in the NFL this year.

  9. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 28, 2013 8:14 PM

    Is he going to say anything else? Yawn …boring . Great on paper in June..we will see.

  10. rg3enoughsaid says: Jun 28, 2013 8:15 PM

    Wait, a coach of a football team thinks his team is great and has great players!?! Why is this not the lead story over the Hernandez murder case?

  11. rickyspanish says: Jun 28, 2013 8:27 PM

    That defensive line looks downright nasty. Who knows it’s going to play out but it looks pretty intimidating when all those names are listed.

  12. trevor123698 says: Jun 28, 2013 8:27 PM

    He is overstating it big time, but for the current NFL they are easily a top 5 defense. Arthur jones is largely underrated. Ngata is one of the great all time nose tackles, and then you have both dumervil and suggs off the edge. problem is most of the big guns are injury risks

  13. cgsuddeath says: Jun 28, 2013 8:32 PM

    So why wasn’t he able to do the same for the Rams

  14. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Jun 28, 2013 8:32 PM

    I feel bad for Spagnuolo. It’s not his fault that you guys keep posting essentially newsless articles about him, yet every time I see one, I feel compelled to point out that he hasn’t done anything worth writing about since he left a very talented Giants defense.

  15. ozymandias121 says: Jun 28, 2013 8:40 PM

    I’m still waiting for a coach of a team to say,” yeah, we won’t be that good this season. Hopefully we finish .500.”

  16. t8ertot says: Jun 28, 2013 8:40 PM

    Without Lewis and Reed, bmore won’t do anything. They don’t have any leaders. And t sizzle doesn’t count

  17. chickenneck says: Jun 28, 2013 8:40 PM

    Steve Spagnuolo is the architect of the worst defense in NFL history. For some reason I don’t value his opinion on defenses very much

  18. kathleenturnersoverdrive says: Jun 28, 2013 8:42 PM

    Said the dude who coached the worst defense in history…

  19. bmoresabres says: Jun 28, 2013 8:49 PM

    There will be no malaise in B-more. All the so-called naysayers and pundits will be very frustrated come January. This team will be poised to lay waste to the AFC. Defensively, the team will wreck havoc on opposing teams and with Flacco’s new found confidence a repeat is not out of the question.

  20. braven4evr says: Jun 28, 2013 8:52 PM

    I like hearing this, but let’s play a few games…then do an assessment!

  21. doe22us says: Jun 28, 2013 8:54 PM

    What was he to say, men they suck?? Ooops that was the Saints defense, i am sure mid-way through that season he was wishing, he was back with the Rams.

  22. camdenyard says: Jun 28, 2013 8:54 PM

    The Ravens D will be much better this year. And they won the SB with the one they had last year.

  23. nattination says: Jun 28, 2013 8:55 PM

    Spag’s should check out the other AFC North pass rushers before he starts raving about his.

  24. thewarrenmoon says: Jun 28, 2013 8:55 PM

    Too bad he can’t rave about what a great head coach he was – cause he sucked.

  25. silverandblack052099 says: Jun 28, 2013 8:58 PM

    What do you expect him to say? That they’ve lost too many key players and may not even make the playoffs next season?

  26. sportsbastard says: Jun 28, 2013 8:58 PM

    As a Rams fan, I’m so glad this guy is gone. I’m certain Saint fans agree.

  27. wopsravens says: Jun 28, 2013 8:59 PM

    Don’t count us out yet everybody!! We might need a receiver to step up, but we have plenty of weapons on our team!!!

  28. painkiller20 says: Jun 28, 2013 9:02 PM

    Beasts flying under the radar. Ravens like it that way.

  29. n001363 says: Jun 28, 2013 9:12 PM

    Kissing up to his new employer!

  30. SAV says: Jun 28, 2013 9:22 PM

    Steve Spags isn’t known for having a big mouth, thus there is a lot to get excited about if you are a Ravens fan.

    Bring on the hate and bow to the next NFL dynasty coming to a football field near you!



    PS-Vonta will be back soon…

  31. flipola says: Jun 28, 2013 9:22 PM

    They’ve done a good job in replacing, but Spags has to say this. Wants to keep Raven fans calm in the midst of losing two future Hall of Famers.

  32. nflgiant says: Jun 28, 2013 9:23 PM

    They look like 9-7 at best

  33. sellout1983 says: Jun 28, 2013 9:23 PM

    The Ravens are a real and legitimate threat in 2013.
    – a Bengals fan

  34. grogansheroes says: Jun 28, 2013 9:25 PM

    Tony Sparano said the same thing about the jets offense last season!

  35. desal2ds says: Jun 28, 2013 9:25 PM

    I like Spags but how good of a coach can you be if you can’t adjust your style to the talent or lack there of. I’m saints fan and I knew it was gonna be tough when he came because saints didn’t have what he needed for his coaching style. Ultimately it backfired defense sucked and players didn’t respond o him. Ravens line is very good compared to Saints. So it goes without saying

  36. keylimelight says: Jun 28, 2013 9:27 PM

    Given his record as HC of the Rams for three years (10-38) we could conclude that he’s not cut out to be a HC.

    Given his record as DC for the Saints (worst in yards allowed in NFL history) we could conclude that he is not cut out to be a DC.

    Now, as a Defensive Senior Assistant (whatever that is) we could conclude that he’s not running things so the heat is off. There’s someone else to call the shots so it’s not his butt that’s on the line. He may turn out to be a better behind the scenes guy than being the guy who is in charge.

    In this position he can afford to be magnanimous with his comments.

    Besides, with his record these past few years, he probably feels very relieved to have gotten a coaching job at all much less with the current world champs (it’s who you know, ya’ know?)

    I’d gush about my new team, too, if I were in his shoes.

  37. ravens4life says: Jun 28, 2013 9:31 PM

    This D will be sick

  38. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jun 28, 2013 9:35 PM

    The Browns rave about their team every preseason, too. And we know how that turns out every year. :/

  39. samoanjungle says: Jun 28, 2013 9:37 PM

    The Bengals will own the Ravens and the rest of the AFC North

  40. michaeljacksonisback says: Jun 28, 2013 9:37 PM

    Man this clown ruined the Rams and the saints. He sucks

  41. schmitty2 says: Jun 28, 2013 9:49 PM

    Coming from a Ram’s fan you Raven’s fans better pray he doesn’t adopt the 4 “pillars”

  42. saintjohnwhodat says: Jun 28, 2013 9:50 PM

    Y’all can have that bum coaching after the season I saw with my saints

  43. js39 says: Jun 28, 2013 9:55 PM

    Spags is so fake I didn’t realize he was the one who ran the team down for another 3 years until he was fired.

  44. laxman1944 says: Jun 28, 2013 10:06 PM

    Ozzie………Rolltide…………Nuff said………

  45. larrydavid7000 says: Jun 28, 2013 10:20 PM

    wait a minute I thought this CLOWN was hired as a consultant now he’s a coach??. anyways what has he done lately? besides suck as a hc,and be a dc for other teams that did not do much as well. A sign of a good coach is one that can hang around for years and developed talent on one team. Looks like the Cleveland ravens have a winner. LOL LOL LOL and LMAO!!!!! enjoy looking up in your division all year long with FLUCCO as your leader.LOL LOL LOL

  46. jmblosser82 says: Jun 28, 2013 10:21 PM

    They have no #1 quality receiver, an inconsistent QB, RB tandem should be top 3. No leadership(as much as I hate to say it)nearly as good as Lewis, lost what 3 out if the 4 secondary starters. Looking to be 2nd, altho a finish behind Cincy and Pittsburgh is not out of the question, wildcard team at best, lucky to win during wildcard weekend. I know all you raven fans keep saying best front office, ravens have been around Sind 96 and have 9 playoff appearances with 2 AFC and SB wins, but don’t forget that the owner who brought the ravens to life brought the players and assembled the front office owned the the team from the mid-60’s and only managed a handful of playoff appearances. Yes I know the browns history stayed in Cleveland but you can not discount the owners blunders for 40 years just because he was able to wipe the slate clean. Now if the ravens can win 3 titles in 4 years like the pats or 4 in 6 years like the steelers then maybe you can claim best front office in the league. Until then enjoy the recent success and take in stride that your team is doomed to fail/under perform in the near future. Finally as far as dominating the AFC North, since it came about, steelers 2 ring, 3 AFC titles, 5 or 6 North titles to your 1 ring, 1 for 3 in AFC title games(one loss to steelers), 4 division titles, and I think 3 total playoff losses to Pittsburgh. 3 more division titles if you go back to 96 for the steelers. So no matter how you want to look at it, steelers are the team in the North, they will be back stronger then ever sooner then you think.

  47. ddogdaddy says: Jun 28, 2013 10:22 PM

    Spoken like a true fan. It seems like I have seen the same bit of thinking on 30 other team sites as well.

  48. ravensbob says: Jun 28, 2013 10:27 PM

    Baltimore 12-4, repeat SB Champs
    Cincy 10-6
    Cleve 7-9
    Pitt 5-11

  49. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 28, 2013 10:49 PM

    If this guy thinks the Ravens have a “Wow” defense, wait until he gets a load of the most feared, dominating, physical collection of warriors that he’ll ever have the unfortunate pleasure of loosing to. Led of course by the future DPOY Troy and DROY Jarvis.

    And by the way, if there aren’t other”Defensive Assistants” on the team, then JH naming him “Senior Defensive Asstnt” is like George naming CoCo the VP of Acquisitions.

  50. finallythevoiceofreason says: Jun 28, 2013 11:07 PM

    “If this team comes together to play as a unit, it has the potential to be the top defense in the NFL this year.”

    Duh..that is the same for the other 31 teams as well.

  51. brucealmty says: Jun 28, 2013 11:13 PM

    Spags…yeah, these players suck and the coaches are the worst…that’s why they brought me in, to fix this mess.

  52. jonesjack says: Jun 28, 2013 11:23 PM

    I think Spags is a good guy but watched every snap while he was in STL have no idea why Ozzie decided to hire him. It was a mess. And it got worse in NO.

  53. justintuckrule says: Jun 29, 2013 12:15 AM

    Ozzie is modeling his team after the giants too. If winning the sb puts you in salary cap hell, pay your MVP qb, some stellar dlinemen and figure it out from there

  54. natijim235 says: Jun 29, 2013 12:24 AM

    ravens defense pretty good – bengals D this year is better

  55. barbasol11111111 says: Jun 29, 2013 12:26 AM

    Finally, some real news.

  56. steelcurtainn says: Jun 29, 2013 1:22 AM

    There is nothing to rave about on the ravens defense. Their an average defense. Sounds like he’s sucking up to the organization to me.

  57. rockthered1286 says: Jun 29, 2013 4:07 AM

    Why doesn’t sizzle “count” as a leader? He’s the longest tenured Raven on this D, has a ring to back it up and a DPOY. Every stint Ray has had on the DL the past 3 years Sizzle has been the rally point and vocal leader in the preface huddle and on the field. So why is it that he doesn’t count? Because you can’t accept the fact that the Ravens DO have a leader on D and would rather bash them? Probably so.

  58. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 29, 2013 7:08 AM

    I just hope this defense can go after Roethlisbooger, which is asking a lot because, by week 8, he always manages to weasel out of playing by either getting injured or suspended for degenerate behavior.

  59. greenmeattruck says: Jun 29, 2013 7:17 AM

    This guy probably said the same thing about his defense with the Saints, one which required the Offense to score 40 points before the could win.

  60. mlbbal52 says: Jun 29, 2013 7:27 AM

    Hahahaha people saying things like they lost too much on both sides of the ball and key players were replaced with clowns…you all just can’t stand the fact this team won the Superbowl and then just got better while your old talentless teams sit in cap hell…only weakness here may be a possession receiver other then that the offense is the same and the defense well the defense is going to be awesome. Move on from here but I guess all the hate just shows the jealousy you have for this great franchise…

  61. bighurt228 says: Jun 29, 2013 8:55 AM

    Better?? How?? You won’t have the preacher dancing, and crying every Sunday!!

  62. lovefootball4life says: Jun 29, 2013 9:38 AM

    Remember folks Pees is the DC it’s his defense, not Spags. So you can stop telling Ravens fans how bad they’ll be with Spags. Love the changes to the defense. It had to change, last years wasn’t that strong. Can’t see how anyone, right now, can say the d line plus pass rush with Suggs and Doom isn’t scary. About spit out my coffee this morning when someone commented this defense oriented team is being forced to become an offense team. Must not have watched a single second of the Ravens season.

  63. FoozieGrooler says: Jun 29, 2013 9:48 AM

    The Ravens Super Bowl hangover will be legendary, and will last a decade.
    Their hopes now rest squarely on the shoulders of Joe Flacco.
    Good luck with that…

  64. pixelito says: Jun 29, 2013 9:55 AM

    Once considered an up-and-coming Head Coach, No coach has has had less success over the last 4 years than Spagnuolo.

    Dislike it all you want, but that’s a fact.

  65. opinevain says: Jun 29, 2013 10:06 AM

    It’s so surprising that people who aren’t Raven fans, which means they don’t watch their games, are quick to say we suck or lost so many players. If you watched last season, our defense was bad with Lewis and Reed early on. Got better with Ray out! Pollard and Reed were liabilities. Haters, stop it! We have speed and strength up the middle and Spag stated what most people believe. We have depth up the middle.

  66. sbaltimore says: Jun 29, 2013 10:32 AM

    Ravens fan here. But I have to agree with nofoolnodrool. What else is he going to say?

    Alright, so maybe he engaged in a bit of hyperbole, or maybe he’s really impressed with the defensive unit. But until they take that first snap in September, it’s all pretty meaningless, isn’t it? Personally, I think the defense is improved. But considering they’re shelling out $24.5M in cap space for Suggs and Ngata, and both of them have been plagued by injuries and less than stellar performances the past couple of years, especially Ngata, I want to see them perform on the field at a level that’s commensurate with what they’re being paid.

    And I’ve yet to see a legitimate replacement for Boldin. So let’s keep the repeat mantra in abeyance until we see what they do on the field when it counts, okay?

  67. scoobies05 says: Jun 29, 2013 10:34 AM

    thanks fozzie. and just remember….in order to have a superbowl hangover you have to win a superbowl. hows your team doing?

  68. larrydavid7000 says: Jun 29, 2013 11:12 AM

    @scoobidoo. I see your chiming in a your team from Cleveland ravens. Hey scoobiedoo 3 is better than 2. If your smart enough to figure that out.

  69. scoobies05 says: Jun 29, 2013 2:25 PM

    larry…i think i speak for all of us when i say what the heck are u talking about?

  70. hicksc14 says: Jul 1, 2013 7:48 AM

    What Defense? 17Th In pass and 13Th in rush. Now their interception Machine Is gone. They got a miget to replace him. Haha Some D

  71. taosravenfan says: Jul 1, 2013 1:27 PM

    I love how spags was a brilliant coordinator just a few years ago and now is a moron. What that shows you is that it is less about the coach and more about the quality of the player. A very good coach with very good players makes for the right mix.

    For all you looking for the ravens to take a couple giant steps back, you are in for a big surprise. Ozzie has revamped the “D” over the last 2-3 years and our oldest player is now Suggs at 30. Compare that to the Steelers. He has rebuilt the DL with quality vets and brought in Elvis dumervil to complement Suggs. No matter how you slice it dumervil is a big upgrade over Paul Kruger. Courtney Upshaw has one more year of experience and look for pernell McPhee to have at least 8 sacs with all of the attention being paid to duggs and dumervil.

    The biggest ? Is who will replace “Q’s” productivity. If they can’t answer that then they will not repeat. If one of the young guys like doss, streeter or the others steps into that #2 slot then I would consider the ravens a fair chance at repeating. Bottom line is that ot always comes down to who gets hot and healthy st seasons end. And no prognosticator can give you that answer.

  72. gron4u says: Jul 2, 2013 4:31 AM

    As far as Spags is concerned,he is just another example of the Peter Principle. He is a capable assistant. He is not a head coach. Dean Pees proved himself with he did to piece together the D last year with all of the major injuries and liabilities. Reed, Lewis, Smith, Pollard ,the injured Gnata,were all liabilities that Pees managed to cover over the course of a whole season. He made all of the right moves. Chuck Pagano did it before him. The Ravens have a plethora of solid coaches. Have no fear, Doom is here ! We have replacements that make for a much deeper well rested unit.

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