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Giants ask to interview Ravens' Steve Spagnuolo

Baltimore Ravens assistant head coach and secondary coach

Baltimore Ravens assistant head coach and secondary coach Steve Spagnuolo talks on the sideline before a 23-21 win over the Cleveland Browns in an NFL game Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Cleveland. Photo Credit: AP / David Richard

Steve Spagnuolo is coming back to the Giants . . . for an interview at least.

The former Giants defensive coordinator who designed the game plan that beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII is expected to interview for his old position this week, a source confirmed.

The Giants asked for permission to speak with Spagnuolo -- who this season was a defensive backs coach and assistant head coach with Baltimore -- after the Ravens' season ended with a playoff loss to the Patriots on Saturday.

Though the lure of recapturing their success in 2007 and 2008, when Spagnuolo was their defensive coordinator, might be hard for the Giants to pass up, a reunion is far from certain.

Spagnuolo has had little success since leaving the Giants, spending three seasons as head coach of the Rams, one season as defensive coordinator of the Saints and the last two seasons with the Ravens. They were ranked 22nd in pass defense this season.

Spagnuolo has a close relationship with coach Tom Coughlin and the front office, but just about everyone else he worked with during his brief tenure with the team is gone. The only player currently on the roster who played under Spagnuolo is Mathias Kiwanuka, and he is not expected to be on the team next season. Safeties coach Dave Merritt is the only defensive position coach still on the staff who worked under Spagnuolo.

Several candidates have interviewed to replace Perry Fewell, who was fired after five seasons. Former Giants linebacker Pepper Johnson, a defensive line coach for Buffalo, was interviewed Monday and former Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris, a defensive backs coach with Washington, interviewed Friday.


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