The New York Giants interviewed Steve Spagnuolo for the opportunity to be their next head coach on Wednesday afternoon.
The New York Giants have interviewed interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo to take over the job on a permanent basis, according to Michael Eisen of giants.com. Spagnuolo was the team’s coach for the final four games after Ben McAdoo was fired, going 1-3.
He has been the defensive coordinator for the Giants since 2015, and served in the same role from 2007-2008. His only other head coaching experience came with the then-St. Louis Rams from 2009-2011. His first tenure with the Giants overlaps with new general manager Dave Gettleman’s time with the team.
He may only be 11-41 during his head coaching career, however, there are some who feel that he should be given a shot with the Giants regardless of his lack of success with the Rams.
Spagnuolo knows the players in the locker room, and he has already been the head man for the Giants during the season, dealing with the fallout after Landon Collins called teammate Eli Apple “a cancer.”
He has had a success developing young defensive players, especially with the Giants. He has overseen the development of Collins, B.J. Goodson, Andrew Adams, and the promising rookie season of Dalvin Tomlinson.
Spagnuolo is the first coach being interviewed by Gettleman for the job, but he will surely not be the last. The team has already requested or scheduled interviews with Josh McDaniels, Matt Patricia, Steve Wilks, Pat Shurmur, Jim Schwartz, and Eric Studesville. They have also been tied to Mike Munchak, who some consider to be an outside candidate to win the head coaching job.
Spagnuolo’s previous head coaching experience and ties to the Giants organization do fit two of the major criteria that ownership appears to desire in their next coach. However, with a new general manager already changing the culture by firing Marc Ross and releasing Bobby Hart, it’s likely the team will go in a different direction with the job.