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Steve Spagnuolo
Date of birth December 21, 1959 (1959-12-21) (age 50)
Place of birth Whitinsville, Massachusetts
Position(s) Head Coach
College Springfield College
Regular season 1-15-0
Postseason 0-0
Career record 1-15-0
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1982–1983

1983

1984–1986


1987–1991


1992


1993

1993–1994



1994–1995

1996–1997

1998


1999–2000

2001–2003

2004–2006

2007–2008

2009–present
Massachusetts
(Graduate Assistant)
Washington Redskins
(Player Personnel Intern)
Lafayette
(Defensive Line Coach)
(Special Teams Coach)
Connecticut
(Defensive Coordinator)
(Defensive Backs Coach)
Barcelona Dragons
(Defensive Line Coach)
(Special Teams Coach)
San Diego Chargers
(Scout)
Maine
(Defensive Coordinator)
(Linebackers Coach)
(Defensive Backs Coach)
Rutgers
(Defensive Backs Coach)
Bowling Green
(Defensive Backs Coach)
Frankfurt Galaxy
(Defensive Coordinator)
(Linebackers Coach)
Philadelphia Eagles
(Defensive Assistant)
Philadelphia Eagles
(Defensive Backs Coach)
Philadelphia Eagles
(Linebackers Coach)
New York Giants
(Defensive Coordinator)
St. Louis Rams
(Head Coach)

Steve Julio Spagnuolo (born December 21, 1959 in Whitinsville, Massachusetts) is the current head coach of the St. Louis Rams. He was previously the defensive coordinator of the New York Giants from January 2007 to January 2009, and also served for eight years under defensive coordinator Jim Johnson of the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Early years

Born in the Whitinsville section of Northbridge, MA, Spagnuolo moved to Grafton as a youth. After graduating from Grafton (MA) High School, Spagnuolo played wide receiver at Springfield College, and assisted the University of Massachusetts football team while pursuing his graduate degree.[1]

Coaching career

Spagnouolo began his NFL coaching career in the Philadelphia Eagles organization in 1999, serving as linebackers and defensive backs coach. He remained there for eight years, learning Jim Johnson's defensive philosophy. It was under Johnson that Spagnouolo cultivated his trademark look, Goatee and buzz cut.

In January 2007, he was hired as the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants, under Head Coach Tom Coughlin. He also spent a stint under Bill Parcells at Dallas Cowboys organization.

He spent two years in New York, and was the architect of the aggressive defensive strategy against the New England Patriots (the highest scoring offensive team in NFL history) in Super Bowl XLII, which was instrumental in the close victory by the Giants. Following the Super Bowl win and a great deal of praise, Spagnoulo's name was widely circulated for open head coach positions around the NFL.

On February 7, 2008, he took his name out of consideration for the head coaching position of the Washington Redskins, citing the fact that he did not feel ready to be a head coach. People speculated that he did not like the fact that the coordinators were already installed, but he stated he had no problems with them. The same day, the New York Giants made Spagnuolo one of the highest-paid defensive coordinators in the NFL with a new three-year contract, worth roughly $2 million a year.[2]

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St. Louis Rams

Following another successful season in 2008, Spagnuolo's name came up as a replacement for numerous head coaching vacancies once again, including those for the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, and Detroit Lions, but Spagnuolo later decided to sign with the St. Louis Rams, taking over their head coaching vacancy with a 4-year, $11.5 million dollar contract.[3] Spagnuolo has hired Pat Shurmur and Ken Flajole to be the Rams' offensive and defensive coordinators respectively.

Coaching Philosophy

Spagnuolo learned under Philadelphia coach Jim Johnson, and shares the same aggressive, blitz-heavy approach as his mentor. Spagnuolo uses a 4-3 base defense with a heavy emphasis on multiple blitz packages, including corner and safety blitzes. While defensive coordinator of the New York Giants, he often used a smaller defensive line, with three or even four defensive ends to further pressure the quarterback.

This philosophy proved successful, with the Giants leading the NFL in sacks in 2007. During Super Bowl XLII, Spagnuolo's defense sacked Tom Brady five times, the most times he had been sacked in any game that season.

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Steve Spagnuolo has served:

Assistant coaches under Steve Spagnuolo who became NFL head coaches:

  • None

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ron Rivera
Philadelphia Eagles linebackers coach
2004–2006
Succeeded by
Sean McDermott
Preceded by
Tim Lewis
New York Giants defensive coordinators
2007–2008
Succeeded by
Bill Sheridan
Preceded by
Jim Haslett
St. Louis Rams Head Coaches
2009–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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