一位年轻的球迷上前Spagnuolo，问他的照片。 After the youngster got his picture, he said to Spagnuolo, “Thanks for making our defense better.”
教练Spags是他第二次担任巨人队防守协调员。 He certainly gave the defense something in 2016 as they allowed only 284 points (17.8 points per game). Only the Super Bowl champion新英格兰爱国者允许较少的点。
Spagnuolo不禁是进入2017年赛季兴奋一点。 After all, the defense is returning nine of 11 starters. There is a little personal vindication as well, though he won’t comment on it too much.
Spagnuolo的第一个任期（2007-08）是由超级杯战胜十八和一个爱国者突出。 He returned to the Giants in 2015 after forgettable stints as head coach of the then-St. Louis Rams, defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints, and senior defensive assistant/secondary coach of the Baltimore Ravens.
巨人队的防守是所有时间差在’15，放弃在NFL历史上第三大码。 General manager Jerry Reese spent nearly $200 million to upgrade the defense. The result was a Giants defense that surrendered 138 fewer points in ’16 than they did in ’15.
Spagnuolo没有时间去反思在赛季中，他正在做的工作。 It didn’t really occur to him until after it was over.
“这很有趣，我不觉得它在赛季中间，”他说。 “Because all you’re doing is grinding and as soon as one game’s over, if it happened to be a good one, it’s just onto the next one. It’s just how this league is, and you got to put it to bed.”
“It wasn’t until the season was over—well, it took a couple of weeks after the season was over, because of the way it ended, nobody was happy with (the Wild Card Game loss to the Green Bay Packers), we certainly weren’t defensively.
“但是，我们有机会做深呼吸，是的，它确实感觉不错。 I just believe in what we were doing. I believed in the guys. I believed that was gonna happen. We’ve had a lot of success in this system in Year 2. It’s always been like that, every time I’ve done it.”
进入2017年，Spagnuolo说，有一个舒适的水平，他并没有前两年有。 Now, he knows exactly what he’s getting from his unit.
“第一年，我在这里，在2015年，我真的不知道要我们了。 JPP had the accident,” he said, referring to defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul’s fireworks accident. “Last year, we really didn’t know, because we brought in a lot of new people. This is the first time in the three years I’ve been here you feel comfortable.
“哪里有在知道我们是，我们是谁，球员相互合作，玩家与玩家，与教练的教练，教练与球员的舒适程度。 So there’s a comfort level there. It doesn’t guarantee success but I think if we stay healthy we’ll be ok.”