Former New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is reportedly the favorite for the vacant Chiefs defensive coordinator position.
It looks like a former New York Giants defensive coordinator could be returning to football sooner rather than later.
On Wednesday, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Steve Spagnuolo is the favorite for the Chiefs defensive coordinator job.
The Chiefs just fired DC Bob Sutton on Tuesday, after a poor performance in Sunday’s loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship.
Former Giants’ DC and HC Steve Spagnuolo has emerged as the favorite to replace Bob Sutton as the Chiefs’ defensive coordinator, per sources.
Spagnuolo and Andy Reid worked together in Philadelphia, share the same agent and have a mutual respect for each other’s work.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 23, 2019
Spagnuolo was formerly the Giants defensive coordinator from 2007-08 and then again from 2015-17. He was part of the Big Blue team in 2007 that won Super Bowl 42 and coached the 2016 Giants defense that ranked 10th in the NFL with 339.7 yards allowed per game.
He was elected the interim head coach during the 2017 season after the firing of Ben McAdoo. Spags thus interviewed for the Giants head coaching job this past season, however, he was passed on for Pat Shurmur.
This past year, however, Spagnuolo took a year off from football. The 2017 campaign was rough for anyone within the Giants organization, so the defensive coach decided to take a break from it all. However, he now may work under Andy Reid’s staff in Kansas City, and look to improve that defense.
The Chiefs finished 31st in the NFL this past season with an average of 405.5 yards allowed per game.
Between his two stints with the Giants, Spagnuolo was also the head coach of the Rams from 2009-11, the defensive coordinator for the Saints in 2012, a defensive assistant for the Ravens in 2013 and the secondary coach for the Ravens in 2014.
Here’s hoping that Spagnuolo gets the job and finds success in Kansas City. He was always a great defensive coach during his two stints with the Giants, and it was a bummer to see the way it all ended.