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Saints will interview Spagnuolo to replace Williams as DC


New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton now is searching for a defensive coordinator, and that search will include Steve Spagnuolo.

Spagnuolo is scheduled to interview with the Saints on Wednesday, according to a league source.

Spagnuolo is a candidate to replace former coordinator Gregg Williams, whom league sources said Monday agreed to take the same position on Jeff Fisher's staff with the St. Louis Rams.

Payton said Tuesday it was apparent before the season ended that Williams, with his contract expiring, likely would join Fisher, an old friend under whom he coached in Tennessee for a decade.

"It was a matter of getting through the season and not allowing it to be distraction," Payton said, adding that the Saints and Williams never discussed an extension.

Spagnuolo was defensive coordinator for the New York Giants for two seasons (2007-08) before coaching the Rams for the last three seasons, compiling a 10-38 record. He has an extensive defensive background, coaching on that side of the ball for eight seasons in Philadelphia under esteemed coordinator Jim Johnson.

Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said Spagnuolo interviewed for the team's defensive coordinator job Monday, one day before coach Jim Caldwell was fired.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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