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.”
Mistakes cost the St. Louis Rams dearly in their first Monday night appearance since 2006. They’re in part blaming the Giants — and not for Big Blue’s superior play.
Scoop and score. It’s one of those silly expressions defensive coaches scream at their players. Most times, it’s meaningless — but not for Michael Boley and the Giants on Monday night.
The Giants are no strangers to prime-time. The Rams haven’t been on the big stage since Dec. 11, 2006. Running back Steven Jackson hopes to be a part of it. So do his owners in fantasy football.