The Kansas City Chiefs are hiring Steve Spagnuolo as their new defensive coordinator, according to a report from NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
Spagnuolo, 59, most recently served as an interim head coach for the New York Giants back in 2017 following Ben McAdoo’s midseason dismissal. Spagnuolo was the Giants’ defensive coordinator from 2015-17. He spent 2018 out of football.
Our own Craig Stout weighed in on Spagnuolo earlier this week in his five names to watch:
Spagnuolo is an intriguing name, and a real possibility considering his Andy Reid ties. A Jim Johnson disciple, Spagnuolo was a defensive assistant, defensive backs coach and a linebackers coach under Johnson while Andy Reid was the head coach.
Primarily running a 4-3 base, Spagnuolo embraces Johnson’s blitz-heavy approach, especially coming from cornerbacks and safeties. He famously utilized smaller defensive linemen as defensive coordinator for the New York Giants, manipulating fronts and keeping the offense off balance.