If there's one guy who knows what it's like to be an embattled defensive coordinator of the Giants, it's Steve Spagnuolo. Before he became a guru and left the Giants for a head coaching job with the Rams, he was a flop. Of course that staus lasted all of about two and a half weeks, but still, he has a sense of what Bill Sheridan is going through these days.
Spags was on Sirius NFL Radio with Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan today talking about how he stays in touch with his former coaching commrades and how he thinks the Giants have the players and the coaches to turn things around. He clearly has his own issues leading the Rams, but he still keeps tabs on the Giants.
“Bill, I think, is as knowledgeable a football coach as I’ve ever been around," Spagnuolo said. "I tremendously leaned on him when I was there. Matter of fact, I e-mailed him this morning to just kind of hang in there because I know it’s not easy. It’s a tough setting and the expectations are high there and they should be. But I do believe they’ll bounce back."
Spags also spoke to the big guy.
"I did talk to Tom [Coughlin] this morning just to kind of see how he was doing and, you know, their season’s not over. You know how that is. These next three weeks, especially in the NFC East, anything can change. Although, Philadelphia looked pretty strong the other night."
Just as Coughlin and some of the players did, Spags put part of the onus on the 11 guys on the field as well as the coaching staff.
"I do think Bill will rally the troops," Spags continued. "There’s talent there. At some point all those guys gotta step up and play and I know that they will. I have a lot of confidence in that crew. And it’s not just Bill, guys. That whole staff – Peter Giunta, Dave Merritt, Mike Waufle, the whole crew that’s there, they work their tails off, they know football, they’re smart and they’ll get it straightened out.”
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