After a year off the sideline, former Giants defensive coordinator and interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo will put the headset on as the Chiefs’ new DC, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafalo.
Spagnuolo was a clear-cut favorite to land the vacancy after Kansas City decided to part ways with Bob Sutton earlier this week. Former Jets and Bills HC Rex Ryan was also a name that came up, but head coach Andy Reid decided to go with a man he’s worked with before.
When Spagnuolo broke into the league as a coach, he initially worked as an assistant with the Eagles while Reid was running the show there.
Spagnuolo has some head coaching experience other than his quick interim stint with the Giants in 2017. He led the Rams for three seasons from 2009-2011, after which he returned to being a defensive coordinator. After a 2012 season with the Saints, he made his way back to New York to lead the Giants on the defensive side of the ball. He had previously served in the same role during the 2007 and 2008 seasons for Big Blue.
The 59-year-old had a great 2016 season with the Giants, as his squad was the second-best defense in terms of scoring while finishing top 10 in yards allowed as well. But that wasn’t the case in 2017 when the Giants finished 31st in yards and 27th in scoring.
But, after his hiatus, Spagnuolo will look to turn around a Chiefs defense that was lackluster this season despite making the AFC Championship game. Kansas City didn’t have the defense to match their high-octane offseason, ranking 24th in points allowed (26.3 per game) and allowed the second-most yards per game (405.5).