Although the New Orleans Saints have stayed quiet regarding Steve Spagnuolo, as they prefer anonymity to transparency, league sources have confirmed that Spagnuolo interviewed with the team yesterday at their Metairie headquarters.
Spagnuolo is the hottest coordinator currently on the market, and he became so the minute the Rams fired he and GM Billy Devaney after a 2-14 season — ironically one of those two wins coming against the Saints.
New Orleans suddenly was thrust into the search for a new defensive coordinator after Gregg Williams decided to head north to St. Louis to follow good friend Jeff Fisher, who took over for Spagnuolo.
In three years as head coach of St. Louis “Spags” only managed a 10-38 record overall, but luckily he was a much better defensive coordinator than head coach.
Before going to St. Louis he spent 2007-2008 as the defensive coordinator of the New York Giants, helping them win the Super Bowl in 2007 after shutting down Tom Brady and the Patriots — the “highest” scoring offense in the NFL at the time.
Under Spagnuolo the Giants were the number one team in the NFL in total sacks in 2008 with 53, and in the previous season in 2007 they were nearly as good, ranking as the sixth best after notching 42 sacks.
But neither the Saints or Spagnuolo’s camp have commented as to how well the interview went, or if they expect a deal to hit the table anytime soon.
If the Saints are smart though they will lock him up for at least the next three years as their biggest need in the off-season is to fix a defense that gave up way too many big plays in the regular season, and of course the playoffs.