The big news around the New York Giants remains Thursday's hiring of Steve Spagnuolo as defensive coordinator. What will Spags II -- The Sequel be like for the Giants, and is turning back to Spagnuolo a good idea for the Giants. Everyone has an opinion on that, so let's look at some of them.
First, in case you missed any of it, here is Thursday's coverage from Big Blue View:
Now, let's look around the Inter-Google at what others are saying.
Pepper Johnson, passed over for the job, was obviously disappointed:
"I feel bottled up," Johnson, the former Giants linebacker, told the Daily News on Thursday afternoon. "I have a lot of knowledge and a lot of information that I feel like I just have to keep to myself."
Pat Traina, writing for Bleacher Report, called the move to bring Spagnuolo back a "solid hire." Here is part of what she wrote:
Time will tell, of course, if Spagnuolo can catch lightning in a bottle again. The Giants defense still has many holes that need to be filled. But with a new, yet familiar voice running the show, things are already looking up.
ESPN's Dan Graziano thinks the Giants are making a mistake:
If this were a 55-year-old coach with a résumé identical to Spagnuolo's except that he'd spent 2007-08 with, say, the Minnesota Vikings, Giants fans would hate this hire. Literally the only reason for a fan to be fired up about it is if they're living in the past -- a past that by the way included Michael Strahan, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora in the pass rush.
Make no mistake: Given the Giants' personnel issues on defense right now, this job is a lot closer to the ones Spagnuolo had in St. Louis and New Orleans than it is to the one he took with the Giants in 2007. Can he make the difference? Possible. It's just a mistake to assume he will. And if he flops, the Giants will end up having to do what they could and should have done this time around -- find somebody to help build them something new and lead it into the future.
Art Stapleton of The Record listed a trio of priorities on defense for Spagnuolo and the Giants.
Kissing Suzy Kolber has an irreverent take on the move that I know you will enjoy.