Chiefs Sign Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo to Contract Extension

Chiefs Sign Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo to Contract Extension

The Kansas City Chiefs are celebrating their Super Bowl LVIII victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday, but the squad has another cause to be happy. According to a team announcement on Wednesday morning, Kansas City has extended defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s contract.

 

 

To say Spagnuolo had a significant impact on the team’s performance this season would be an understatement. The experienced coordinator oversaw a unit that was among the best in the NFL during the regular season and playoffs, ultimately helping the team win on the greatest stage.

 

 

Under Spagnuolo, this year’s Kansas City defense ranked second in points and yards allowed while dominating in EPA per play, success rate, pressures, sacks and more.

 

 

Spagnuolo, who recently completed his fifth season with the Chiefs, has transformed a team that was holding the franchise back before he arrived. Now that superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes is at the helm, Kansas City’s defense can match his talent. Thanks to Spagnuolo, the Chiefs’ defensive ranks this season were among their finest in decades.

During Super Bowl LVIII’s Opening Night, defensive tackle Chris Jones commented on Spagnuolo’s lack of consideration for available head coaching positions during the recent hiring cycle:

 

 

“Yeah, it was very surprising that literally he wasn’t interviewed for any head coaching vacancies,” Jones said. “I think he still is not getting the respect he deserves around this league with the success he’s had, not only as a defensive coordinator. You look at his resume, he’s the only defensive coordinator to win two Super Bowls with two different teams. As long as we keep him, we’ll continue winning, man.”

 

 

Despite the dearth of reported interest in Spagnuolo as a head coach, the Chiefs are eager to keep him on long-term. Signing an extension for him (and, reportedly, defensive line coach Joe Cullen) ensures that one of the league’s youngest defenses can continue to develop in the coming years. As Kansas City looks to make a three-peat, having a coach like Spagnuolo leading the way is a huge advantage.

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