Steve Spagnuolo Is Logical Replacement For New York Giants If Perry Fewell Leaves

By Ryan Gaydos
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Redskins received permission to interview New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell for its vacant head coaching position. The Redskins fired Mike Shanahan after its 20-6 loss against the Giants on Sunday and finishing the season at 3-13 without a first-round draft pick.

Fewell has coached the Giants’ defensive unit since 2010 and helped coach the Giants to a Super Bowl victory against the New England Patriots in 2012. He is quickly becoming one of the top assistants in the NFL after receiving a lot of head coaching interviews in 2011 from teams like the Tennessee Titans and Carolina Panthers. Fewell also served as the Buffalo Bills‘ interim head coach in 2009, going 3-4.

It is likely that Fewell will receive more offers from teams other than the Redskins as the offseason for teams who are not in the playoffs continues. If Fewell takes a job somewhere else, the Giants should look to replace him with a familiar face who has served in the organization before: Steve Spagnuolo.

Currently holding the senior defensive assistant role with the Baltimore Ravens, re-hiring Spagnuolo would seem like the only logical choice for the Giants if Fewell leaves. Spagnuolo is a familiar face and has done wonders with the Giants’ defense in the past. He spent two years as the Giants’ defensive coordinator and was given a big contract extension before taking the St. Louis Rams‘ head coaching job in 2009.

Spagnuolo did not have a great tenure with the Rams. He spent one season as defensive coordinator with the New Orleans Saints before moving to the Ravens. It would be nice to see him return to the team that captured its first Super Bowl since 1990 thanks to his help.

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