NFL Offseason 2012: New Orleans Saints Hire Steve Spagnuolo to Coach Defense

Zayne Grantham@ZPGSportsContributor IIIJanuary 19, 2012

New Orleans Saints fans around the world can rejoice with the latest news involving their coaches.

The Saints have recently lost Gregg Williams, Curtis Johnson and Tony Oden. They also may lose offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael and offensive line coach Aaron Kromer before all is said and done.

However, some great news came out for the Saints recently. ESPN's Chris Mortensen has reported that Steve Spagnuolo has agreed to become the defensive coordinator for New Orleans.

Spagnuolo will take the place of former defensive coordinator Williams, and he should be able to get immediate results from the Saints defense. A contract has not been signed yet, so the deal is not official, but the important part is that Spagnuolo has agreed to join the Saints.

Spagnuolo is known for getting the most out of defensive line players, and that is exactly what the Saints need. They have talented players on the line, but none have been exactly dominated.

Defensive ends Will Smith, Cameron Jordan and Junior Galette are all expected to be back in New Orleans next year and each can improve in individual areas of their game.

The Saints are currently pretty deep in the defensive tackle spot with Sedrick Ellis, Tom Johnson, Shaun Rodgers and Aubrayo Franklin currently on the roster. Rogers and Franklin will both be free agents soon, but the Saints may look to bring back one or both of these guys.

Regardless of who will be playing on the defensive line in 2012, Spagnuolo will likely be able to get a ton of effort from these guys.

If Spagnuolo is able to get immediate results from his defensive line in New Orleans, then it will immediately help the linebackers and defensive backs of the Saints. Both of those units have talent to be some of the best in the league.

Spagnuolo is expected to bring a 4-3 scheme to New Orleans and that will be no change to the Saints' defensive players. The new defensive coordinator will come in to a pretty good situation in New Orleans.

The Saints have talented players all over the defensive side of the ball, and Spagnuolo is certain to increase their skills quickly. He likes to get pressure from his four down linemen, and that will be big for the Saints.

I look for the Saints defense to improve dramatically next season, especially with Spagnuolo calling the shots.

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