Instead, the phone began to ring persistently. Spagnuolo, who cut his professional coaching teeth in the unbrotherly climes of Philadelphia and then earned a Super Bowl ring molding the New York Giants’ defense in 2007, was on several short lists of teams seeking a defensive coordinator. One of those was the Saints, and Coach Sean Payton wasted no time hiring one of the hot commodities in the NFL. Spagnuolo, 52, begins earning his weekly check with the Saints on Monday.
It was a big year for offense in the NFC South. The New Orleans Saints set all sorts of records. The Carolina Panthers lit up scoreboards and, when the Atlanta Falcons were on, they sometimes were spectacular. That made for some difficult choices, but here’s my All-NFC South offense.
New Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams says his players should be ready to do things his way, or not at all.“There will be a culture change here,” Williams said in his introductory conference call. Williams hastened to add that by saying that, he’s not criticizing the way former Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo ran the defense. But he is saying he’ll do things differently.
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis is confident running back Mark Ingram will be fully healthy next season. The Flint native’s rookie season came to a premature end due to a toe injury that placed him on injured reserve and out of the team’s playoff win over the Detroit Lions.
Brace yourself, New Orleans fans. You’re not going to be jumping up and down about this one because your team is not gaining much. The Saints will move up either 18 or 19 picks in the sixth round of the draft.
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