(FootballStL) -- In a week full of injury news, it can be easy to forget that St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo will face the New York Giants for the first time as an opposing coach after helping the Giants beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.
Spagnuolo was hired by Giants head coach Tom Coughlin to be the Giants defensive coordinator in 2007 and engineered the defense that gave New England their only loss during the Giants’ Super Bowl winning season in 2008.
“I owe Tom (Coughlin) an awful lot for taking a chance on me,” Spanuolo said. “Just the ride that we had. But he is blue-chip in my mind.”
Coughlin said the similarities between who he and Spagnuolo had coached for made it an easier choice to select him as his defensive coordinator.
“He did an outstanding job,” Coughlin said. “I knew Steve as an excellent defensive coach. I think going against him for so many years and the fact that he was the protégé of Jimmy Johnson and very smart, very aggressive, definitely a people person.”
Giants defensive end Justin Tuck appreciated the opportunities that Spagnuolo allowed him and other defensive players to have while he was coach.
“He wasn’t one of those coaches that it’s my way or the highway,” Tuck said. “He was about winning and he did everything possible to make sure we were in a position to win every Sunday. I think that’s the reason why he’ll always definitely have a special place in my heart. He really gave me a shot to show how versatile I could be on the football field.”
Steve Spagnuolo is in his third season as the Rams head coach. The Rams averaged 7.2 points per game more in 2010 than in 2009, Spagnoulo’s first season as head coach. The Rams also improved their team net turnover ratio from -13 in 2009 to +5 in 2010.
by Scott Bierman, FootballStL
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