After a shaky performance in their preseason opener, New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo wants his players to stop worrying about making mistakes.
Steve Spagnuolo’s return as the Giants defensive coordinator was marked by tentative play, a lot of yards surrendered and way too many injuries.
There are a lot of questions about the New York Giants’ defense heading into Steve Spagnuolo’s second stint as coordinator, and none is more pressing than the safety spots.
Steve Spagnuolo didn’t let the New York Giants’ relative talent level impact his decision to accept an opportunity for a second go-around as coach Tom Coughlin’s defensive coordinator.
“The feeling I have is one of excitement,” Spags said Thursday. “We’re going to work our butts off, and hopefully we will do great things together.” They did before.
Spagnuolo was the Giants’ defensive coordinator in 2007 and 2008. He was the architect of the defense that stopped Tom Brady and the Patriots’ dream of a 19-0 season in Super Bowl XLII.
Prior to being hired by the Redskins in 2012, the 38-year-old was the head coach of the Buccaneers. He went 17-31 with no playoff appearances in his three seasons as head coach.
Co-owner John Mara confirmed that the two-time Super Bowl champion will return during a news conference on Tuesday, though he did say that he might not extend the 68-year-old’s contract.
Not to predict that this team will be anywhere near its home locker room in MetLife Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday, but the Giants have put on quite a show before following an 0-2 start.
“If he’s man enough to tell you, he should be man enough to put his name on it,” said New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma.
He could have beaten up his team over their up-and-down play. Rather he’s told the Giants, who hold a one-game lead in the NFC East at 7-5, they have to win their final four games.
Parcells prefers to remain retired and not replace his protege and friend, Sean Payton, who will serve a season-long suspension for his role in New Orleans’ bounty system.
Would Bill Parcells come out of retirement yet again? “Tuna” said Wednesday that he’d consider doing his friend, Sean Payton, the favor if asked.
Before taking over in St. Louis, Spagnuolo had top 10 defenses with the Giants in the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
Consider Big Blue “Fewell-ed up.”