GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 27: Head coach Steve Spagnuolo of the St. Louis Rams shouts instructions during the game with the Arizona Cardinals on December 27, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals won 31-10. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Seems almost like a lifetime ago that Steve Spagnuolo was hailed as the genius that lead the Giants defense to an upset over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.
Spagnuolo was riding high after that moment, parlaying that performance into a St. Louis Rams head coaching gig the following year.
That's when it all came crashing down. His job in St. Louis came to halt after the 2012 season as the team went 2-14 and he was promptly fired. 2012 found him back to positional coaching as defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints, which turned into disaster when head coach Sean Payton was suspended for the season due to the much publicized bounty scandal. Without Payton's input on defense, Spags was lost, and he was axed on January 24, 2013 after his defense gave up a single-season NFL record of 7,042 yards.
We think it's safe to say Steve won't be getting a head coach or a defensive coordinator job any time soon, so he finds himself joining the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens' staff as a senior defensive assistant, Reports the Associated Press, via ESPN.com.
"Steve had a number of opportunities in the league right now, and we're excited he picked the Ravens," Harbaugh said. "He comes to a staff that we believe is very strong, and he makes us even better. His wealth of NFL coaching experience speaks for itself, and he'll help us across the board. We think he can help with every position on the defense, and we'll take full advantage of his knowledge and excellent teaching abilities."