Having been interviewed and passed up twice in the last three years for the Giants' head coaching job, Steve Spagnuolo is moving on from East Rutherford for is what likely the final time.
The former (two-time) defensive coordinator and interim head coach for the club will search for employment elsewhere after believing his return three years ago would be the last coaching stop of his career.
"In my mind," Spagnuolo said, "that would be the last place I would coach. ... Sometimes we make plans and God has something else in mind. But it happened the way it happened and now it's time to move onto something else."
Spagnuolo returned to the Giants in 2015 for a second stint as defensive coordinator. He held the same position in 2007-08, helping to lead the Giants to an upset of the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. He left the following season to become the St. Louis Rams head coach where he compiled a 10-38 record in three seasons.
Spagnuolo went 1-3 as Giants interim head coach after the club fired Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese on Dec. 4 and interviewed for the position in January. The Giants named former Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur the 20th head coach in franchise history on Jan. 22.
"As hard as that was at the end of the year I feel blessed that I had an opportunity," he said. "I think all of us should feel that way, because I think you become closer, you become more educated, you become smarter if you use it when you go through something like that."
Although Spagnuolo is disappointed his second tenure with the Giants is coming to an end, he has nothing but fond memories and respect for the place he called home for five seasons.
"There is still going to be blue running through my veins," he said. "In a good way. You know how I feel about the people there, the leadership. It worked out the way it was supposed to work out."