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10 things you need to know about Steve Spagnuolo

Photos of Interim Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's two stints with the Giants

1. Prior to returning to the Giants, Steve Spagnuolo was the assistant head coach/secondary coach of the Baltimore Ravens in 2014. He was originally hired as their senior defensive assistant in 2013.

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2. Spagnuolo was the defensive coordinator of the Super Bowl XLII champion New York Giants and led a unit in 2007 that ranked in the NFL's top 10 in eight categories, including a league-high 53 sacks.

3. A 34-year coaching veteran, Spagnuolo enters his 17th NFL season in 2015 having been part of teams that clinched eight playoff berths, won six division titles, appeared in five conference championship games, earned two conference titles, and won a Super Bowl.

4. His previous NFL posts include the Ravens (2013-14), Saints (2012), Rams (2009-11), Giants (2007-08), Eagles (1999-2006) and the Redskins as a player personnel intern in 1983.

5. Spagnuolo was head coach of the St. Louis Rams, compiling a 10-38 record in three seasons from 2009-2011. After winning just one game in his first season, St. Louis improved to 7-9 in year two but then dropped to 2-14 in his final campaign in 2011. During his time with the Rams, he developed young defensive talent, including middle linebacker James Laurinaitis and defensive end Chris Long.

6. During his two seasons with the Giants, Spagnuolo's defense allowed 17 points or fewer in 19 contests (they finished 19-0 in those contests). In 2008, his defensive unit finished fifth in yards allowed, helping New York to a 12-4 finish and the NFC East title. The Giants also finished ninth in rush defense and eighth in pass defense that season. Big Blue's 18.4 points allowed per game were fifth-best in the NFL, while the team's 42 sacks ranked sixth in the league.
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In Super Bowl XLII, his defense slowed a New England offense that scored a then-NFL record 589 points in the regular season. The Giants' defense held the Patriots to just 274 yards and 14 points after they averaged 411.3 yards per game and 36.8 points per game during the regular season.

8. Prior to the Giants, Spagnuolo held various defensive roles in eight seasons with the Eagles, serving each season with current Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. From 2001-04, Harbaugh and Spagnuolo were part of a staff that won four straight NFC East titles, reached four consecutive conference championship games and earned one Super Bowl berth (2004). From 1999-2005, Philadelphia ranked first in the NFL in third-down defense, second in points allowed per game, second in sacks, and third in red zone defense.

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9.** In 2001, the Eagles promoted Spagnuolo to defensive backs coach. Philadelphia went on to finish second in pass defense and second in points allowed. Philadelphia did not allow more than 21 points in 16 regular season games, the fourth time that feat had been accomplished in NFL history.

10. A native of Whitinsville, Mass., Spagnuolo started his coaching career at UMass as a defensive graduate assistant while working toward his master's degree in sports management. Spagnuolo played wide receiver at Springfield (Mass.) College, where he was named the school's Male Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1982. He prepped at Grafton (Mass.) High School, where he is a member of the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.

COACHING BACKGROUND

1982MassachusettsGraduate Assistant1983Washington RedskinsPlayer Personnel Intern1984-86Lafayette (PA)Defensive Line/Special Teams1987-89ConnecticutDefensive Backs1990-91ConnecticutDefensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs1992Barcelona Dragons (WLAF)Defensive Line/Special Teams1993San Diego ChargersScout1993MaineDefensive Coordinator/Secondary1994-95RutgersDefensive Backs1996-97Bowling GreenDefensive Backs1998Frankfurt GalaxyDefensive Coordinator/Linebackers1999-2000Philadelphia EaglesDefensive Assistant2001-03Philadelphia EaglesDefensive Backs2004-06Philadelphia EaglesLinebackers2007-08New York GiantsDefensive Coordinator2009-11St. Louis RamsHead Coach2012New Orleans SaintsDefensive Coordinator2013Baltimore RavensSenior Defensive Assistant2014Baltimore RavensAssistant Head Coach/Secondary

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