If the New York Giants’ defense is as good or better in 2017 as it was last season, could defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo earn a second chance to be an NFL head coach?
ESPN NFL Insiders think it’s possible:
He helped engineer one of the great upsets in NFL history when the Giants took down the mighty Brady-Moss 2007 Patriots in the Super Bowl, which propelled him to the head job in St. Louis. But that was a forgettable three-year stretch with the Rams. Still, Spagnuolo's defensive wizardry was again on display in 2016, and he could get some looks.
Valentine’s View: I would agree that it’s possible. Maybe not likely after he went 10-38 in three seasons as head coach of the St. Louis Rams, but possible.
Spagnuolo did get an interview with the Giants before they hired Ben McAdoo to replace Tom Coughlin. At the time he expressed that he still hoped to get another chance to run his own team.
Spagnuolo has had both spectacular successes and failures since he became Giants’ defensive coordinator in 2007. In my view, he is an outstanding coach deserving of another shot at being the boss. To get that, though, he is going to have to convince an NFL team that the failures he has been associated with in St. Louis, New Orleans and with the Giants in 2014 were due to things he couldn’t control.
- Are you a ‘Game of Thrones’ fan? I’m not. Maybe I’m the only person who hasn’t seen a single second of the show. Anyway, if you are you will be interested in CBS Sports’ effort to associate NFL teams with characters from the show. For the Giants, CBS comes up with Jamie Lannister. Here is their explanation:
If you're going to call one team "Kingslayer," it has to be the Giants for what they did against the Patriots twice in the Super Bowl. Jamie can be divisive with the actions he takes throughout the story but is one of the most entertaining characters around, the Thrones' Odell Beckham, if you will. Once you consider Jason Pierre-Paul's fireworks accident, this pairing is basically inevitable.
You guys tell me if that makes sense. I have no idea.
- Former Giant Ahmad Bradshaw is participating in The Spring League, still hoping for another chance in the NFL.
- For what it’s worth, Britney Spears wants to headline the halftime show at Super Bowl LII.
- We already knew the Giants were trying to convert undrafted free agent Jarron Jones from defensive to offensive tackle. He recently told the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle why:
“They see a better fit. They want to take advantage of my size. We have a really good defensive line and in all honesty making the team on defense was pretty slim. Our offensive line is good but they could use a couple more guys. They ... said it could pay big dividends for me.”