Defensive Coordinator, New York Giants
Steve Spagnuolo was promoted to assistant head coach/secondary coach in 2014. The veteran NFL coach originally joined the Ravens as senior defensive assistant prior to the 2013 season. A 33-year coaching veteran, including 16 NFL seasons, Spagnuolo was the defensive coordinator for the Saints (2012) before joining Baltimore. Prior to his time in New Orleans, he spent three seasons (2009-11) as head coach of the St. Louis Rams and two years (2007-08) as defensive coordinator of the New York Giants. Spagnuolo was the defensive architect of the Super Bowl XLII Champion New York Giants (2007), a unit that ranked in the NFL’s Top 10 in eight single-season statistical categories, including a league-high 53 sacks. He has coached for teams that have clinched eight playoff berths, won six division titles, appeared in five conference championship games, earned two conference titles and won Super Bowl XLII. Spagnuolo also spent eight seasons (1999-2006) on the Philadelphia Eagles’ coaching staff with Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. From 2001-04, Harbaugh and Spagnuolo were on an Eagles’ staff that won four-straight NFC East titles, reached four-consecutive conference championship games and earned one Super Bowl berth (2004).
2013: (with Baltimore) Spent his first season with the Ravens as a senior defensive assistant.
2012: (with New Orleans) In his only season with the Saints, Spagnuolo led a unit that finished with 15 INTs (including 4 returned for TDs) and 11 FFs for a plus-2 turnover differential...Veteran CBs Patrick Robinson and Jabari Greer (career high) each recorded 3 INTs...Led by DE Cameron Jordan’s then-career-best 8 sacks, the unit finished with 30 QB drops...In Week 15, the Saints defeated Tampa Bay, 41-0, earning their first shutout victory since 1995 and the 13th in franchise history.
2009-11: (with St. Louis) Held his first NFL head-coaching post with the Rams, leading the team to a six-game turnaround between 2009-10, the second-best turnaround in the NFL during that span...Helped develop young defensive talent, including Rams MLB James Laurinaitis, who led the team in tackles all three seasons under Spagnuolo...DE Chris Long also emerged as a young pass-rushing threat, culminating in a career-high 13 sacks in 2011. 2010: Rams finished second in the NFC West and made significant defensive improvements in Spagnuolo’s second season at the helm, advancing 10 spots in total defense from 2009-10...Also ranked second in the NFL in third-down defense (33.5%) and finished third in negative-play yardage (sacks and TFL)...Defensive unit ranked seventh in sacks (43) and improved from 31st to ninth in opponent passer rating from 2009-10.
2007-08: (with New York Giants) Earned his first defensive coordinator role in the NFL, where in 37 regular season and postseason games, the Giants’ defense allowed 17 points or fewer in 19 total contests...Giants finished 19-0 in those contests and 17-2 in games where opposing QBs had passer ratings lower than 75.0. 2008: Defensive unit finished fifth in yards allowed (292.0 ypg), helping New York to a 12-4 finish and the NFC East title...Giants also finished ninth in rush defense (95.8 ypg) and eighth in pass defense (196.2 ypg)...New York’s 18.4 points allowed per game were fifth best in the NFL, while the team’s 42 sacks ranked sixth in the league...DE Justin Tuck paced the defense with 12 sacks, earning the first Pro Bowl berth of his career. 2007: Spagnuolo was the defensive leader of the Super Bowl XLII Champion New York Giants, highlighted by the 17-14 victory over the previously unbeaten New England Patriots...Slowed a Patriots’ offense that scored a then-NFL record 589 points in the regular season...Held New England’s offense to just 274 yards and 14 points after it averaged 411.3 ypg and 36.8 ppg during the regular season...Giants defense ranked in the NFL’s Top 10 in eight single-season statistical categories, including a league-high 53 sacks...DE Osi Umenyiora had a team-leading 13 sacks en route to earning Pro Bowl honors.
1999-2006: (with Philadelphia) Held various defensive roles in eight seasons with the Eagles, serving each season on the staff with Ravens head coach John Harbaugh...From 2001-04, Harbaugh and Spagnuolo were part of a staff that won four-straight NFC East titles, reached four-consecutive conference championship games and earned one Super Bowl berth (2004)...From 1999-2005, Philadelphia ranked first in the NFL in third-down defense (33%), second in points allowed per game (17.0), second in sacks (265) and third in red zone defense (43%). 2004: Promoted to LBs coach, helping the Eagles advance to Super Bowl XXXIX...Defense finished tied for second in points allowed (16.3 ppg), tied for seventh with 45 sacks and had an NFC-leading 108 passes defensed...LB Jeremiah Trotter earned two Pro Bowls under Spagnuolo’s direction (2004-05). 2002: Eagles were second in NFL in points allowed (15.1 ppg) for the second-consecutive season. 2001: Promoted to DBs coach...Eagles were second in pass defense (179.0 ypg), second in points allowed (13.0 ppg) and seventh in total defense (293.8 ypg)...Philadelphia did not allow more than 21 points in 16 regular season games, just the fourth time that feat has been accomplished in NFL history...Under his tutelage, CB Troy Vincent (2001-03) and S Brian Dawkins (2001-02) earned multiple Pro Bowl nods. 2000: Assisted a defensive unit that finished first in the NFC (fourth in the NFL) allowing 15.3 points per game. 1999: Hired as a defensive assistant, his first full-time NFL coaching position.
1998: (with Frankfurt Galaxy) Spent one season as the defensive coordinator/LBs coach of the now defunct NFL Europe team...Under Spagnuolo’s direction, four of his six LBs and nine of 11 defensive starters went on to play in the NFL...Galaxy finished with the league’s second-ranked defense and advanced to World Bowl VI, where they fell to the Rhein Fire.
1996-97: (with Bowling Green) Spent two seasons as the Falcons’ DBs coach.
1994-95: (with Rutgers) Coached the Scarlet Knights’ DBs for two seasons.
1993: (with Maine) Spent one season as defensive coordinator/secondary.
1993: (with San Diego) Briefly served as a player scout for the Chargers in his first full-time NFL role.
1992: (with Barcelona Dragons) Held his first coaching post in the professional ranks of the World League of American Football as the team’s defensive line/special teams coach.
1987-1991: (with Connecticut) 1990: Promoted to defensive coordinator/DBs coach. 1987: Hired to coach the Huskies’ DBs.
1984-86: (with Lafayette, PA) Held his first full-time coaching post teaching defensive line/special teams.
1983: (with Washington) Gained his first NFL experience while serving as a player personnel intern with the Redskins.
1982: (with Massachusetts) Started coaching career as a defensive graduate assistant while working towards his master’s degree (sports management).
College: Played WR at Springfield (MA) College, where he was named the school’s Male Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1982...Earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Springfield and a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts.
Personal: Prepped at Grafton (MA) High School, where he is a member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame...He and his wife, Maria, enjoy community outreach through The Spagnuolo Foundation, whose mission is centered on the biblical verse Hebrews 11:1 (“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”) and is designed to give hope to youth who otherwise may not have the opportunity to pursue and achieve their dreams.