New York Giants Check First Offseason Box By Re-Signing Steve Spagnuolo
The New York Giants checked the first box on the agenda for the 2016 NFL offseason by re-signing defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.
The New York Giants are entering an offseason that will define the Eli Manning era and what will come after it. In addition to finding his heir apparent, New York will attempt to surround Manning with the necessary tools to win a third Super Bowl.
The Giants successfully checked the first box on the offseason checklist by re-signing defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.
Spagnuolo is a respected mind and individual who has helped transform the Giants into one of the best defensive teams in the NFL. He has a strong relationship with his players and is regarded as one of the best defensive strategists in the league.
According to Jordan Raanan of ESPN New York, Spagnuolo signed a two-year deal to return to New York and continue coaching the Giants’ defense.
"The New York Giants have re-signed defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo after a bounce-back campaign that saw his unit transform from the league’s worst to among the best, a source told ESPN on Wednesday."
That ranks amongst the most important developments of the offseason for the Giants.
New York finished the 2016 regular season at No. 2 in the NFL with an average of just 17.8 points allowed per game. It was a dramatic improvement from 2015, when the Giants ranked No. 30 with 27.6 points allowed per game.
By bringing Spagnuolo back for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, the Giants have provided a relatively recently formed defense with continuity.
For those unfamiliar, general manager Jerry Reese invested $200 million in retooling the defense this past offseason.
With a critical offseason nearing, Spagnuolo’s presence will be of great aid to the Giants’ efforts in free agency. He’s one of the more respected coaches in the NFL and has a rapport with his players that will make it easier for the stars to recruit free agents.
No matter whom the Giants sign or draft this summer, having Spagnuolo back will maintain the defense’s credibility.
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