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Spagnuolo Returns as Giants Defensive Coordinator

NFL Photos via Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- Steve Spagnuolo is once again the New York Giants defensive coordinator.

Spagnuolo, who served as the team's DC from 2007-08, was hired Thursday back into the role he served when the Giants won Super Bowl XLII.

The 55-year-old Spagnuolo spent the past two seasons as a member of the Baltimore Ravens coaching staff, serving as the team's assistant head coach and secondary coach last season. Before that, he was the defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints and served three seasons as the head coach of the St. Louis Rams.

“I was hoping to take the next step, God willing, and be a coordinator again," Spagnuolo said. "I’m ecstatic that it’s with Tom Coughlin (head coach). Tom is the highest character guy I know. The feeling I have is one of excitement. We’re going to work our butts off, and hopefully we will do great things together.”

During Spagnuolo's last stint as a defensive coordinator with the Saints, his defense set an NFL record for yards-allowed. Still, his success with the Giants is undeniable, helping him beat out competition for the job.

"We spoke to a lot of very good candidates," Coughlin said. "The energy, enthusiasm and strong personality that we saw before in Steve Spagnuolo, all of that was very evident again. His desire to be a Giant again was very, very obvious."

Spagnuolo takes over a defense that ranked 29th overall in total yards allowed last season.

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Saints Fire Steve Spagnuolo

NFL Photos via Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- The Saints are changing defensive coordinators again.

The team fired Steve Spagnuolo on Thursday after just one season as defensive coordinator. 

"I personally want to thank Steve and Ken for their contributions during what was an unprecedented 2012 season," head coach Sean Payton said. "Philosophically we are changing our defense to a 3-4 alignment and right now is the best time to accomplish this transition."

New Orleans is coming off a season in which they gave up the most yards ever in a single season with 7,042. They also gave up 454 points en route to a dissapointing 7-9 season.

Spagnuolo had been the St. Louis Rams head coach before his brief stint in New Orleans, going 10-38. 

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Report: Spagnuolo Will Become Saints Defensive Coordinator

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW ORELANS) -- Former St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo has agreed to become the new defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints, according to

The 52-year-old Spagnuolo was fired by the Rams earlier this month after going 10-38 in three seasons in St. Louis. He will take over for Gregg Williams, who left to join Jeff Fisher in St. Louis.

Spagnuolo was previously a defensive coordinator for the New York Giants, helping lead Big Blue to a victory over New England in Super Bowl 42.

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Rams Fired Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo and GM Billy Devaney

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As a result of a 2-14 season, the St. Louis Rams are cleaning house in hopes of rebuilding their franchise once again. The team has fired head coach Steve Spagnuolo as well as general manager Billy Devaney.

Spagnuolo went just 10-38 in three seasons as the Rams head coach. He led the team to a 7-9 season last year, but he won a combined three games in his two other seasons in St. Louis. Meanwhile, Devaney had served as the team's general manager since December 2008. The team's record since Devaney took over is just 12-52.

"I would personally like to thank Steven and Billy for their dedication to the St. Louis Rams over the past few seasons," owner Stan Kroenke said in a statement. "This was a difficult decision for many reasons. We have tremendous respect for them as people and professionals. No one individual is to blame for this disappointing season and we all must ourselves accountable."

The Rams will have the second overall draft choice in the upcoming Draft.

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