Spagnuolo Saints New Defensive Coordinator

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - A person familiar with the decision says

former St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo has agreed to take

over as defensive coordinator for with the Saints.

The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition

of anonymity because the Saints have not announced the hiring.

The 52-year-old Spagnuolo was head coach in St. Louis the past

three seasons and was fired in January after going 10-38 with the

Rams. Before that he was defensive coordinator for the New York

Giants, a stint that included a Super Bowl upset of the New England


Gregg Williams, who was New Orleans' defensive coordinator the

past three seasons, has joined Jeff Fisher's staff in St. Louis.

Spagnuolo's Rams was one of three teams to beat New Orleans

during the regular season.