The New Orleans Saints fired defensive coordinator Steve Spaguolo, who was unable to take an already lackluster defense and transform them into a productive unit, on Thursday evening. In fact, the Saints defense finished 2012 as the worst statistical defense in NFL history, giving up over 7,000 yards of total offense. Spagnuolo was the Giants defensive coordinator for their 2007 Super Bowl run, as he was able to hold the 2007 New England Patriots offense to just 13 points. However, he has not had much success after leaving Big Blue. This is his second time being fired in as many seasons.
Given Spagnuolo's history with the Giants, the question becomes whether or not Big Blue will pursue him to serve the team in any capacity for the upcoming season. For a multitude of reasons, it's extremely unlikely that the Giants will consider bringing Spagnuolo back in any role for their 2013 campaign.
First off, the Philadelphia Eagles still need a defensive coordinator. Spagnuolo began his coaching career in Philly as the defensive backs and linebacker coach under Jim Johnson in 1999. As long as Philadelphia is planning to run a 4-3 defense next season, Spagnuolo is a very competitive candidate to get the job. As the NFL coaching carousel begins to cool off, the Eagles may be the only chance Spagnuolo has of remaining a defensive coordinator next season. Even if the Giants did want to bring Spags back onto the staff, the Eagles will be a more attractive option to him.
However, the most significant reason that Big Blue will not pursue Spagnuolo is because they already have a defensive coordinator. The Giants have already began preparing for 2013 under the assumption that Perry Fewell will be the defensive coordinator. Fewell's defense struggled mightily this season; but he's just a year removed from winning a Super Bowl of his own. The Giants have had success under Fewell and it's incredibly unlikely that they would change defensive coordinators this late in the ballgame.
Although Spagnuolo could be an effective defensive line or defensive backs coach for the Giants, that scenario looks a lot better on paper than it does in practicality. Not only would it be a tremendously awkward situation for the coaching staff, but it could create a sense of instability among the players as well. Everyone in the room would know that Spagnuolo is eyeing the defensive coordinator position. That's not a good dynamic for any locker room.
Barring some extremely unforeseen circumstances playing out over the next few days, do not expect the Giants to make any phone calls to Steve Spagnuolo. Perry Fewell may be on the hot seat next season, but he's earned the right to fix this defense in 2013. The talent will be there, it's just a matter of execution at this point.
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