The New Orleans Saints cut ties with defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo after one season with the team.
Spags, the former Giants defensive coordinator and head coach of the St. Louis Rams, directed the league’s worst total defense, which allowed the most yards ever (7,042) in a single season. Only the Tennessee Titans allowed more points this year.
Spags spent the previous three seasons with the Rams, accumulating a 10-38 record. He was hired following the Giants’ 2008 Super Bowl victory, in which Big Blue’s D sacked Tom Brady five times.
The Giants struggled to generate pressure in 2012, as all of its key cogs finished with unproductive seasons.
The team registered 33 sacks, which ranked 22nd in the NFL. It’s clear the defense’s inability to disrupt opposing quarterbacks’ rhythm coincided with the team’s failure to make the playoffs.
Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell is set to stay with the team, as last off-season he received a contract extension through the end of the ’13 season.
Would Spags return to NY, like Josh McDaniels returned to New England at the end of last season? Would Giants fans welcome him back?
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