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Giants will seek permission to interview Steve Spagnuolo, per report

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Former defensive coordinator is a fan favorite.

Steve Spagnuolo
Steve Spagnuolo
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Steve Spagnuolo has been considered by many to be the front-runner to become next defensive coordinator of the New York Giants. That possibility moved closer to reality Monday morning with the news that the Giants will seek an interview with Spagnuolo.

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Spagnuolo, who helped the Giants win the 2007 Super Bowl, is the guy many in the fan base hope gets the job. He has the support of many of his former players, as well:

"I never have really met anyone quite like him in regards to what he was able to do and the things he would do on the fly," defensive end Osi Umenyiora told The News. "It was crazy. You'd come in with a game plan and something wouldn't be going right or something we were doing was getting shredded, and he'd literally - right there on the sideline - come up with something different."

"He's perfect for a lot of reasons," [Antonio] Pierce added. "When I think about what the Giants need, they need a pulse. You need someone that when they talk, guys respond."