Former St. Louis head coach and New Orleans defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has been hired by the Ravens to serve as a senior defensive assistant, Stacey Dales of the NFL Network first reported and the team later confirmed.
“Steve had a number of opportunities in the league right now, and we’re excited he picked the Ravens,” coach John Harbaugh said. “He comes to a staff that we believe is very strong, and he makes us even better. His wealth of NFL coaching experience speaks for itself, and he’ll help us across the board. We think he can help with every position on the defense, and we’ll take full advantage of his knowledge and excellent teaching abilities. The Ravens got better today with the addition of an outstanding coach and person like Steve.”
Spagnuolo spent three seasons with the Rams before being let go in 2011, then spent one season with the Saints and was fired in 2012. He comes to the Ravens now to join a staff with which he is familiar, having spent eight seasons with Harbaugh on staff in Philadelphia.
As ProFootballTalk points out, there is no word on what exactly Spagnuolo will be doing with the Ravens, but he will be working alongside defensive coordinator Dean Pees on the Baltimore sidelines. During his career as an NFL coach, Spagnuolo has been a part of six division title teams and has appeared in five conference championship games. His one Super Bowl appearance came with the New York Giants in 2007.