When the news was announced Saints fans expressed their joy and relief that Spagnuolo had agreed to become the Saints new defensive coordinator. Players also weighed in on their thoughts through Twitter.
Linebacker Jonathan Vilma tweeted:
"I think it’s official, Steve Spagnuolo is r new defensive coordinator. I look forward to winning with him"
Linebacker Scott Shanle tweeted:
"Glad I think he(‘s) gonna be a great fit"
Ironically, Spagnuolo had tried to lure Shanle away from the Saints during the offseason. When the lockout ended for the NFL, Shanle met with Spagnuolo but decided to stay with the Saints instead.
Quarterback Drew Brees even gave his thoughts on the matter when asked in a media interview today. Brees was asked what he thought about the hiring of Spagnuolo and said:
"I think it’s awesome. I couldn’t be happier. I think he’s a very talented, very sharp, very well-respected defensive coach. I’ve always had a ton of respect for him and I feel like he is gonna make us better instantly."
No doubt Brees is looking forward to the challenge of facing a new defensive coordinator that will only hone his skills further. The challenge stemming from how Spagnuolo approaches his defensive gameplan.