The New Orleans Saints have decided to hire former St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo as the team's next defensive coordinator, Fox's Jay Glazer reported Thursday afternoon. Prior to coaching the Rams for the three seasons Spagnuolo was the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants.
Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams left this week to take a job with his close friend Jeff Fisher, who was recently hired to replace Spagnuolo as coach of the Rams. The Saints' season ended last Saturday with a 36-32 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round of the playoffs. The game featured a couple of costly defensive breakdowns in the final four minutes. The Saints also ranked 31st in the league in takeways this past season.