Steve Spagnuolo would ‘love’ another head coaching job, remains happy in K.C.

Ralph Vacchiano

NFC East Reporter

LAS VEGAS — It has been 12 long years since Steve Spagnuolo’s disastrous run as head coach of the St. Louis Rams ended, and he hasn’t stopped dreaming about getting another chance. He’s just not obsessing about it, even as the coaching carousel keeps spinning without him.

Turns out, being the defensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs is a pretty good job.

“I would love [being a head coach again], just because I think you always want another chance at it,” he said this week after his Chiefs arrived for Super Bowl LVIII. “And I loved having a whole team.

“But I’m OK if we keep going to Super Bowls. It’s tough to get a head job when you keep playing in the playoffs this late.”

That certainly could be one reason why Spagnuolo can’t seem to even get an interview for a head coaching job, but he knows it’s probably not the big one. It surely has a lot more to do with how his previous experience went. He knows he can never outrun his 10-38 record in his three seasons in St. Louis, especially since it included seasons of 2-14 and 1-15.

Still, even at age 64, it’s hard to believe that “Spags” hasn’t even gotten an interview for a head coaching job in recent years. His last known one came in 2018 when he was interviewed by the New York Giants — a courtesy after he went 1-3 as their interim head coach in the last month after Ben McAdoo was fired.

He took a year off from the NFL after that, but since his return he’s built a resume that might be better than any current coordinator in the game. He’s used his innovative, blitzing defensive schemes to help turn the Kansas City defense into one of the best units in the NFL. They ranked second in the league this season and at times have carried the Chiefs on their Super Bowl run.

Now he’s about to coach in his fourth Super Bowl in his five years as their defensive coordinator. And if the Chiefs win, Spagnuolo — the former Giants defensive…


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