Why this 2015 Saints defense might be worse than the 2012 Spagnuolo defense

One thing that hasn’t been talked about much this week with Rob Ryan getting fired is just how bad the defense currently is. In case you missed it, the Redskins game was enough to put the Saints dead last in defense for both yards AND points. The Saints are giving up 424.3 yards per game (Giants at 420.9) and 31.5 points per game (Lions at 29). Steve Spagnuolo’s 2012 “worst...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Friday web roundup: New York Giants

Dottino: What To Watch For In Giants-Bucs, Plus A Prediction The Giants' Odell Beckham looks on against Philly during their game at ... although the offense scored 42 points against NewOrleans – which proves ... New York Giants sign tight end Cunningham from practice ... EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Giants have signed tight end Cunningham off the practice...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants DC Spagnuolo talks about JPP's potential

Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo talks about the potential return of Jason Pierre-Paul. Al Bello Getty ImagesNew York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is close to returning to the field after practicing in full for a second straight day on Thursday. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo talked to Giants reporters about Pierre-Paul's return for the first time on...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants defensive coordinator has put Saints game to rest

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo didn't want to spend much time talking about the 52 points his unit gave up against the New Orleans Saints. It was the most points allowed by the Giants since 1966, in a 72-41 loss to Washington. The Saints' Drew Brees threw a career-best seven touchdowns to tie the NFL single-game mark. New Orleans...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants' defensive coordinator Spagnuolo talks JPP

Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is excited to get another weapon on his defense. Al Bello Getty ImagesNew York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul did a lot more during his second practice back with the team on Thursday. There is a growing optimism and buzz surrounding Pierre-Paul, and you can count defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo as an excited party.“Today...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants defensive boss Spagnuolo eager to work with JPP

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Steve Spagnuolo is like everybody else when it comes to Jason Pierre-Paul. The New York Giants defensive coordinator is trying to find out how much the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end will be able to do after losing a finger in a July 4 fireworks accident. After rejoining the team Wednesday, Pierre-Paul proved to the medical staff that he was in shape...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

How Spags intends to trap the Eagles…

Steve Spagnuolo is a defensive genius. He used to be one of ours. Now he’s back with the Giants. It gives me a funny feeling about Monday Night. Maybe he doesn’t have everything he’d like to be working with in Gotham relating to overall talent. But Spags “kin coach”… he’s the Lefty Driesell of the NFL… Well here’s what I think (and most football folks think) Spags...
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October 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Shurmur and Spags have friendly rivalry

Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo go back a long way. Both started their NFL coaching careers in Philadelphia under Andy Reid. Shurmur started as a tight ends coach and Spagnuolo was a defensive assistant. They rose through the ranks and eventually were head coaches: Shurmur in Cleveland and Spagnuolo in St. Louis. They're close...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

DC Steve Spagnuolo says facing 49ers' QB Colin Kaepernick a 'pretty good challenge'

The New York Giants defense has had a resurgence in 2015 and play-caller Steve Spagnuolo said that facing 49ers' mobile quarterback Colin Kaepernick is the unit's next big challenge. “It’s a pretty good challenge we’ve got facing us in San Francisco “ Spagnuolo said, via “Hopefully we can bring the same energy and physical, fast play that we had last week. We’re...
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October 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Giants defense improving but needs to be have stronger run defense

New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin talked about his defense and said that he feels the unit is improving but still needs to patch up the run defense. “Well, we’ve got to get better, obviously, in the one that you’re referring to as not being that good. And I think we will get better,” Coughlin said, via the New York Post. “In the meantime, if we can stop the run and then...
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October 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Time to give the Giants defense the credit it deserves

There was a lot of talk out of the New York Giants' locker room on Sunday about how it's time for the team's defense to start getting credit. The Giants allowed the second-fewest points in the league this weekend in their 24-10 victory at Buffalo, and it came against a Bills team that had scored 27 or more in its first three games. The Giants forced two key turnovers, one of which...
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October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Giants finding ways to manufacture pressure without JPP

Without Jason Pierre-Paul, the New York Giants can no longer rely on the front four defensive linemen alone to generate pressure. New defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo understands this, and that's why he's finding different ways to create havoc for opposing quarterbacks.In the Giants' Week 3 victory over the Washington Redskins, Spagnuolo dialed up a heavy dose of blitz packages...
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September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the New York Giants still have a shot at the NFC East division title

The New York Giants didn’t kick off the 2015 NFL season the way many expected. While keeping the game close with the Dallas Cowboys (largely a result of bumbling mistakes on the part of both teams), the Giants ended up losing the game in a rather disappointing fashion, blowing a 10-point lead in the 4th quarter and allowing the Cowboys a game-winning touchdown in the final seconds...
September 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints defensive and special teams player grades vs. Bucs

The defense had a very up and down game. The drive right before the half and the drive to start the second half were absolutely horrible beyond words. If you bottled up those two possessions where Jameis Winston looked like the second coming of Fran Tarkenton, I’d say that defense would make even Steve Spagnuolo blush. If you took those drives out and the 14 points that went with...
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September 21, 2015  |  Discuss

DC Steve Spagnuolo: We got to get to the quarterback more, no question about it

New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said he was proud of his unit and the way they played in Week 1, but getting to the quarterback seems to be something he'll have to figure out after a lack of pressure on Cowboys Tony Romo in the season opener. “We got to get to the quarterback more, no question about it,’’ Spagnuolo said, via New York Post. “How...
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September 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Spagnuolo faces test in return as Giants defensive boss

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Steve Spagnuolo wasn't given the easiest job in returning to the New York Giants for a second stint as defensive coordinator. ''Spags'', as he is known to his players, was taking over a defense that finished among the NFL's worst and some things just haven't worked out his way as the Giants prepare for the season opener against the Cowboys in Dallas on...
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September 10, 2015  |  Discuss

NFC East 2015 Preview: New-Look Eagles Could Challenge Tony Romo, Cowboys

The NFC East will not lack for drama. Chip Kelly had the Chip Kelly-est of offseasons, remaking the Philadelphia Eagles’ roster in a way that, from the outside, made sense only to himself. The Dallas Cowboys bid adieu to DeMarco Murray, trusting their system over star power. Steve Spagnuolo is back directing the New York Giants’ defense for the first time since 2007, when Big...
September 10, 2015  |  Discuss

What to expect from the New York Giants newcomers in 2015

Since the New York Giants released their official roster, speculation has surrounded the levels of achievement the team will accomplish in this upcoming season. Many changes have altered the Giants since the draft, including additions like Shane Vereen and losses like Steve Weatherford, but the 53-man roster is set and ready for action against their division rivals, the Dallas Cowboys...
September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Five things we learned about the Giants this preseason

The New York Giants entered training camp and preseason action with high hopes on both sides of the ball. On offense, heading into year two of Ben McAdoo's offense, the Giants were equipped with arguably Eli Manning's best weapons at the skill positions since he joined the team. Victor Cruz was surprisingly ready to go on day one of training camp and Rueben Randle drew praise from...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Giants Position Preview: Linebackers

The New York Giants have not had a solid linebacker squad in some time. It has been a position of many question marks for the organization, and has proved inconsistent time and again, especially in recent seasons. One telling fact is that the last linebacker the Giants had that made it to the Pro Bowl was Antonio Pierce. What we know As if an uncertain team of linebackers wasn...
August 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Spagnuolo wants Giants defenders not to worry about errors

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) After a shaky performance in their preseason opener, New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo wants his players to stop worrying about making mistakes. Speaking to reporters for the second time since training camp opened in late July, Spagnuolo felt many of his players were trying to be perfect on every play in the 23-10 loss to the Bengals...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Weekend web roundup: New York Giants

Giants lose four defensive backs to injury in preseason opener ... the New York Giants needed was to get a bunch of guys hurt in their first preseason game ... Giants safeties Landon Collins and Mykkele Thompson exit ... CINCINNATI — Back in May, the Giants drafted a pair of safeties, taking Landon Collins in the second round and nabbing Mykkele Thompson in the fifth. 5...
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August 15, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Giants position preview: Defensive line

In 2014, the New York Giants ranked 29th in the NFL in overall defense. While they were 18th in passing defense, the team’s abysmal defense against the run – ranked 30th in the league – reflected extremely poorly upon the Big Blue defensive line. With that said, there is certainly enough room to improve in 2015. The question is, will a formerly mediocre defensive line deliver...
August 13, 2015  |  Discuss

3 early takeaways from Giants’ training camp so far

The New York Giants 2015 season is shaping up to be one of the most exciting and intriguing ones in years. Eli Manning and the offense are undergoing extremely high expectations. Manning has five solid options around him, highlighted by Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz. The defense, which struggled all of last year, is looking to improve with the return of Steve Spagnuolo as defensive...
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August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Giants Need Damontre Moore to Take Big Leap Forward in 2015

The Giants’ organization has prided itself on the strength of their defensive line. On each of their championship teams, the front four has wreaked havoc on the opposition. In 2007, the dominant defense led by defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo boasted one of the most prolific defensive lines in recent memory with Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Michael Strahan, and Mathias Kiwanuka...
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August 01, 2015  |  Discuss
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