Steve Spagnuolo Has No Excuses after New York Giants’ Top-Dollar Defensive Reboot

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Steve Spagnuolo will always be a popular figure among New York Giants fans. His masterminded beatdown of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 42 ensures the love will keep flowing from the Big Apple for Spags.

That’s probably why he was given a free pass by the Big Blue faithful for last season’s defensive debacle. Returning as defensive coordinator after ill-fated stints with the St. Louis Rams and New Orleans Saints, before stopping off for some damage repair with the Baltimore Ravens, Spagnuolo oversaw the NFL’s flimsiest defense last season.

The Giants ranked last in total yards and passing yards, along with surrendering the 30th most points in the league. But still, Spagnuolo was excused.

A lack of talent was the most common caveat applied to the dismal showings on the gridiron. There were also extenuating circumstances like premier rush end Jason Pierre-Paul deciding to play with fireworks without adult supervision.

But there’s no more excuses for Spagnuolo after general manager Jerry Reese engaged in a trolley dash on the opening day of free agency. The result? Spagnuolo has been given a quartet of defensive talents, including the returning Pierre-Paul, to make his creative aggression philosophy work.

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Free Agents Who Can Fill the Terrance Knighton-Shaped Hole on the Washington Redskins’ D-Line

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So the “Pot Roast” experiment lasted just one season at Redskins Park, after Terrance Knighton confirmed via Twitter he’ll be leaving Washington and entering free agency:

The move is something of a surprise, even if Knighton didn’t exactly do the job he was hired to do last season. Despite his massive frame and well-earned reputation as one of the NFL’s toughest run stoppers, the Redskins still ranked 26th against the rush in 2015.

Still, waving goodbye to Knighton so soon does create a rather large hole at the heart of Washington’s D-line. A 6’3″, 354-pound (at least) hole to be exact.

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