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Jets head coach Todd Bowles has?hired Pepper Johnson as his?defensive line coach (Lange, Jan. 24).

Johnson played linebacker for the Jets in 97-98 under head coach Bill Parcells and defensive coordinator Bill Belichick. Following his retirement,?he served?as a defensive assistant under Belichick with the Patriots for 13-years. Last season he was the Bills defensive line coach.

Earlier this off season he was a candidate for the Giants defensive coordinator position. That job was ultimately given to Steve Spagnuolo.

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The New Orleans Saints cut ties with defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo after one season with the team.

Spags, the former Giants defensive coordinator and head coach of the St. Louis Rams, directed the league's worst total defense, which allowed the most yards ever (7,042) in a single season. Only the Tennessee Titans allowed more points this year.

Spags spent the previous three seasons with the Rams, accumulating a 10-38 record. He was hired following the Giants' 2008 Super Bowl victory, in which Big Blue's D sacked Tom Brady five times.

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Giants? offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride has been an NFL coach for nearly 24 years. During the majority of that span, the late Jim Johnson, renowned for his time with the Philadelphia Eagles, served as the epitome of defensive coordinators in the league.

One of Johnson?s disciples, former Giants? defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, is now the defensive coordinator for the Saints ? the Giants opponent this weekend.

Gilbride said that he's seen this type of defense at least twice a year during his coaching tenure.

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Steve Spagnuolo has coached against Eli Manning ... a lot.

From 2004-06, he served as the Philadelphia Eagles' linebackers coach. In 2007, he became the Giants' defensive coordinator, where we won the Lombardi Trophy with Big Blue and coached against Manning every day.

Spags has remained in the NFC since 2009, when he took over as the St. Louis Rams' head coach, and this year, he'll be reacquainted with his former quarterback as the New Orleans Saints' defensive coordinator.

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You described it, he?s elite. There aren?t many that are elite, he?s one of them. He?s another one of those guys, and they do a great job there coaching. They?ve been in that system together, those coaches and that quarterback, for a long time now. They know exactly what they?re doing.
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Former Giants' DC Stays Out of Philly, but Ends up With Another NFC Power

One look at this year?s NFC title game matchup demonstrates how the National Football League is anything but predictable.

The defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers, owners of the NFL?s best record (15-1) this season and the NFC?s top seed this year are missing from that game, as are the previous Super Bowl champs, the New Orleans Saints, despite going 13-3 this year.

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Rumors have surfaced that former

Giants' DC Steve Spagnuolo may be returning to Philadelphia after he is dismissed as head coach of the St. Louis Rams next week.

Spags would assume the DC job currently being occupied by Juan Castillo, who would likely be moved back to the offensive staff.

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by Jon Wagner?

No one knows better than the New York Giants and St. Louis Rams? head coach Steve Spagnuolo that it?s entirely possible to start an NFL season 0-2 and still win a league championship.

But, that doesn?t mean anyone wants to start that way if they can help it.

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Former Giants defensive coordinator and current St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo came to the defense of his former boss this morning on a conference call with reporters.

When asked if he thought Tom Coughlin was on the hot seat, took umbrance.

as per our Giants insider Mike Garafolo of the Star Ledger:

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Can you believe it??

Sports Illustrated's? Peter King has predicted the New York Giants to win the NFC East with a 11 & 4 record.?

His reasoning for the prediction...a combination between the "NASCAR" defensive scheme where all four defensive down lineman are pash rushing ends(Tuck, Kiwi, Osi, JPP), Perry Fewell's ability to call a defense similar to the great Steve Spagnuolo and a healthy Chris Canty.

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Its no secret that Giants' defensive coordinator Steve Spagnoulo's time with the club is nearing an end. He is the top candidate for many of the head coaching positions around the league. It appears he will interview for all them before making a decision. It is very likely that he will not be returning as Giants' DC next season.

The skinny is Spagnuolo ranks 4th among free agent head coaches, meaning Bill Cowher, Mike Shanahan and Mike Holmgren would all be hired ahead of him.

That is, if Cowher and Holmgren are looking, which we believe they are not. That leaves Shanahan as the best candidate, and it is believed that he will take the Jets' job.

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According to Rich Cimini of The Daily News, Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has jumped "to the top of the Jets wish list." He will interview on Saturday, and rotoworld.com speculates that they could try to sign him "right away."

"Right away"? As in before the Giants' first playoff game? I wish they were a little more specific.

I understand that they want to get their coaching staff assembled as soon as possible, but it doesn?t seem fair that teams can interview assistant coaches while they still have the current playoffs to worry about. If these teams didn?t want to be in this situation, they shouldn?t have missed the playoffs; my team shouldn?t be penalized for winning games. And it?s not like something is going to happen to the coach if you wait a couple of weeks. It?s not like Steve Spagnuolo is going to blow out his coaching muscle while implementing a complex blitz, and Kevin Gilbride isn?t going to tear his brain while devising an offensive scheme.

Personally, I think the Jets should reunite Mike Shanahan and Brett Favre (the two faced each other in Super Bowl XXXII) and leave our coaches alone.

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ESPN is reporting that the Oakland Raiders have expressed interest in Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. Gilbride can meet with the Raiders during the bye ?week if the Giants give their?permission.

Most Giant fans seems to give Gilbride a hard time, but the fact remains he is the coordinator for the second best offense in the league (points wise). He has been able to do this without having?his top flight wide out for the entire year so he deserves a great deal of credit. That said, Tom Coughlin is an offensive coach and this is his system Gilbride is running, so I am not sure the Giants would lose all that much with an in-house promotion. And now for the scarier news.

NFL.COM is reporting that the Lions will meet with defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo during the Giants bye week. The Giants had to give Spagnoulo their permission, and they did.

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Eric Mangini was fired as head coach of the New York Jets this morning.

There is speculation that Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo could be on the short list of candidates to replace him. Former Steelers coach and CBS Sports analyst Bill Cowher is likely to get serious consideration as well.

The Jets were 9-7 this season, after at one point compiling an 8-3 record. Mangini has a 23-25 coaching record overall, 0-1 in the playoffs.

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In an article today in the New York Times, Joe LaPointe profiles one of, if not the biggest asset to the Giants, their defensive line.

Veteran defensive lineman Reynaldo Wynn tells LaPointe how excited he is to be a part of this group of players.

?Everybody wants to know: ?What are we doing? What?s so different?? ? Wynn said. ?I say: ?Look, man, I?m going to be honest. This is D-line heaven. It?s the kind of stuff I?ll be telling my grandkids about.? ?
The Giants lead the NFC with 30 sacks and ranked third in the NFL overall in defense.

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Today in Newsday, Tom Rock profiles Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

A year ago today, Spagnuolo was not the most popular guy in town, as the Giants stumbled out of the gate losing their first two games to the tune of 80 points given up on defense.

Today, he's one of the most sought after coaches in the league, many of them wanting him to lead their team.

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In a preview of possible things to come, Detroit Lions quarterback Jon Kitna ran several bootlegs in the first preseason game against the Giants, quickly getting out of the pocket and as far away as possible from the Giants fearsome pass rush.

The Giants had teams on edge last year with defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's complex blitz scheme. Teams may adjust by getting their quarterbacks out of the pocket quicker, which many of the Giants players and coaches welcome. Ralph Vacchiano in the Daily News quotes Justin Tuck who commented on the strategy the Lions and possibly other teams may employ.

"I hope they do that, quarterbacks are more vulnerable when they get outside. We're all-around D-linemen. Obviously with the success we had last year, with the pass rush of this football team, that's something we're going to have to combat. A lot of teams are going to do it."
Osi Umenyiora believes Spagnuolo will have a plan to counter whatever teams come up with.

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Justin Tuck has large shoes to fill with the departure of Michael Strahan this upcoming season. While Tuck earned 10 sacks, most of those came from inside as a defensive tackle, where he benefitted from having Strahan and Osi Umenyiora shouldering some of the load. How successful he is this year will depend on how strong his supporting cast is without Strahan.

Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will need to be creative without Strahan putting putting opposing offenses on their heels. Tuck isn't particuarly fast, and will use brute force to impose his will. Complementing that force with someone quick who can work the edges could be a way to make up for the absence of Strahan's veteran presence.

The Giants utilized a great deal of young talent on their road to the Super Bowl last season, its likely they will look for new fresh faces to step up and make signifigant contributions in the same way, especially with such key components such as Strahan missing.

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