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Report: Steve Spagnuolo a candidate for open Giants defensive coordinator job

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Spagnuolo was with the Giants in 2007 when they won the Super Bowl. Could he leave Baltimore and return?

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Steve Spagnuolo was once on top of the world, commanding the 2007 Giants defense to a Super Bowl victory over a Patriots team that went 18-0 in games leading up to it.

Is it possible he heads back?

According to The New York Daily News, Spagnuolo is already on the short list of candidates for the open Giants defensive coordinator position now that Perry Fewell has been fired.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Ravens DB coach Steve Spagnuolo is absolutely on the short-list to replace Fewell, sources say. Hard to say if he&#39;s at top, or just on it.</p>&mdash; Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) <a href="https://twitter.com/RVacchianoNYDN/status/552855954468118528">January 7, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Spagnuolo has ridden the roller coaster of an NFL coach. After his successful stint leading the Giants defense, he became the head coach of the St. Louis Rams from 2009-2011. It didn't work out as he was terminated from his job after going 10-38 in three seasons. He took the defensive coordinator position with New Orleans in 2012 and was fired after one season. Spagnuolo went from at the top of the NFL world to an afterthought.

Spagnuolo humbly took a senior defensive assistant position with the Ravens in 2013 and became the secondary coach in 2014, after Teryl Austin left to take the defensive coordinator position with Detroit.

All things considered, Spagnuolo has done a great job with the secondary. That may sound ludicrous based on how awful the defensive backs have looked at times. But that can mostly be attributed to the fact six DBs are on season-ending injured reserve. Lardarius Webb played most of the year with an ailing back and has only recently looked like his old self. Spagnuolo has had to quickly coach up cornerback Rashaan Melvin, who spent most of the year on the Dolphins practice squad. It's been quite the situation for Spagnuolo, yet his group put in an admirable performance against the Steelers last Saturday, picking Ben Roethlisberger off twice (well, one was to Terrell Suggs) and limiting their offense to just one touchdown.

Someone like Spagnuolo would likely leave if offered. It would be a chance for him to return his coaching career to a level he once succeeded at. And you couldn't blame him for wanting to do so.