Since then, Spagnuolo has made stops in St. Louis as a head coach, New Orleans as a defensive coordinator and, for the last two seasons, Baltimore as a defensive assistant and secondary coach.
Despite countless injuries to team role players across the board, the team pegged Fewell as a reason for another losing season in 2014. The Giants have been to the playoffs just once in the past six seasons and had a top-10 defense back in 2013.
Needless to say, co-owner John Mara and Coughlin could not go into another season without some change to pacify a fan base that has grown impatient with the current regime (a puzzling outcry since the team has won a pair of Super Bowls in the last decade).
Still, there was never any doubt the job was going to Spagnuolo, who left the organization for a chance to be a head coach back in 2009.
Under Spagnuolo, the Giants had one top-10 defense and, in 2008, a unit that finished 28th during the regular season. In the postseason, though, his defenses came alive with the advent of a NASCAR rush package and three-safety look that is now seen commonly in the NFL.