Enter Steve Spagnuolo: The recently ousted St. Louis Rams head coach and defensive coordinator of the 2008 World Champion New York Giants is on the Atlanta Falcons' radar to replace Brian VanGorder, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen:
RT @JarvisD_JMC90:Any prospects for Atlanta Falcons DC position? >> I said on @NFL32 Monday Falcons would love to land Spagnuolo #NFL32— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 11, 2012
Spagnuolo's name is considered to be the hottest of available defensive coordinators, and is most often mentioned to replaced the Philadelphia Eagles' Juan Castillo on Andy Reid's staff, reuniting him with his former boss. Spagnuolo has also considered taking a year off from coaching, according to one report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Like VanGorder, Spagnuolo employs a traditional 4-3 scheme, which the Falcons already run and have personnel fit for.
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