Chiefs hire Steve Spagnuolo as next D coordinator

Assessing new Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s tendencies schemes

Assessing new Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s tendencies schemes

Now that Steve Spagnuolo has been hired as the new coordinator, the Kansas City Chiefs' defense needs to improve in 2019. If not for the Eagles swooping in at the last minute to re-sign Graham, he likely would have ended up with Spagnuolo and the Giants.

He was most recently a defensive coordinator with the New York Giants from 2015-2017.

"Steve is a bright defensive mind with a lot of coaching experience and success in our league", Reid said in a statement. Add in the fact that he has experience in both a 3-4 and a 4-3 defense, and Graham would be a ideal fit in Kansas City, especially if the team doesn't bring back Dee Ford, who is set to become a free agent.

Not only does Graham have history with Reid, but Spagnuolo was the Giants defensive coordinator in 2015 when the Giants almost signed Graham away from the Eagles in free agency.

The Giants finished in the top 10 defensively three times with Spagnuolo as the coordinator, though two of his last three defenses finished last and second to last in yards allowed. "I know him well from our time together in Philadelphia and I feel that his leadership skills and teaching abilities, combined with his scheme, will be a great fit for our team as we move forward". Yes, that's the season the Giants won the Super Bowl over the undefeated New England Patriots on the back of their ferocious pass rush.

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It was quite interesting to try to figure it all out as the year progressed and evolved. "This year it's totally different; I know what my body can and can't do", he said.

Spagnuolo began his coaching career as Chiefs coach Andy Reid's assistant in Philadelphia, where he worked with several position groups over the course of eight seasons.

Spagnuolo was reported as the Chiefs' choice for a new defensive coordinator on Thursday afternoon, two days after the team fired Sutton.

Spagnuolo became the Rams head coach in 2009 but was sacked in 2011 with a 10-38 record.

The last time we saw Spagnuolo, he was the interim coach for the Giants for four games at the end of the 2017 season after Ben McAdoo was sacked.

A native of Whitinsville, Massachusetts, he attended Grafton (Mass.) High School, where he is a member of the school's Athletic Hall of Fame. He earned a master's degree in sports management from the University of MA. The couple established The Spagnuolo Foundation to give hope to youth who otherwise may not have the opportunity to pursue and achieve their dreams.

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