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Steve Spagnuolo granted permission to interview for Giants defensive coordinator job

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Spagnuolo is a candidate for the open Giants defensive coordinator job.

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

One Ravens assistant is staying. Another up for a promotion elsewhere is considering the option of going.

On Tuesday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed that defensive backs coach Steve Spagnuolo has been granted permission to interview for the open defensive coordinator position with the New York Giants. Spagnuolo was previously the Giants defensive coordinator in 2007 (the Super Bowl winning season) and 2008.

"I believe he is going [Wednesday] to do that interview, so we'll see how that plays out," Harbaugh said. "Steve is a great coach. He's done a great job with the guys throughout the course of the season. Obviously, [he is] a tremendously experienced coach. He's been a head coach, been a coordinator, and that's not something that we would want to hold him back from as an opportunity. I don't know what is going to happen with that, but that's something that he deserves an opportunity to look at."

Spagnuolo was great with the Giants but was not successful as a head coach with the St. Louis Rams (2009-2011) or as a defensive coordinator with the New Orleans Saints (2012). Perhaps reuniting with Tom Coughlin in New York could rejuvenate himself as a coordinator if selected.

Spagnuolo had a tough season personnel wise in Baltimore. In his first year as the secondary coach — which followed his 2013 season as a defensive assistant — he saw six defensive backs wind up on injured reserve, including cornerback Jimmy Smith (Lisfranc).

If Spagnuolo is to leave for another team this offseason, the Giants are probably the only one. It would be hard to imagine anyone else going after Spagnuolo at this time.