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Vikings coach Brad Childress was blocked from bringing Steve Spagnuolo with him from Philadelphia when he joined the Vikings. Now Spagnuolo is a hot property as his team prepares for the Super Bowl.

Childress wanted Spagnuolo

He still may not land a top job after this weekend’s Super Bowl, but Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is certainly a hot commodity on the head coaching market.

Spagnuolo has had 19 jobs in 12 cities, and after Super Bowl XLII, he might be in line for a head-coaching vacancy, as the Washington Redskins are reportedly holding off until they get a chance to interview him.

Just a couple years ago, Spagnuolo wasn’t sure he’d get a chance.  After seven seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles as their linebackers coach, new Vikings coach Brad Childress wanted to bring Spagnuolo with him to Minnesota.  But Eagles coach Andy Reid was worried at the time about losing defensive coordinator Jim Johnson.  If Johnson left, Reid wanted Spagnuolo to run his defense, so he did not allow Childress to take Spagnuolo with him to Minnesota.

Childress hired Mike Tomlin, who became the Pittsburgh Steelers head coach after just one season with the Vikings.

A year later, Reid allowed Spagnuolo to join the staff of Tom Coughlin as his defensive coordinator.  Despite a rough start, the Giants finished with the seventh-ranked defense in the NFL.  And with the Giants in the Super Bowl, Spagnuolo is now a hot property for head coach openings.

Childress has been criticized for many things since coming to the Vikings, but his track record when it comes to the staff he has assembled and his evaluation skills of coaches speaks for itself.

He’s assembled an excellent staff with the Vikings.  Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier has been in the running for two head coach vacancies.  He lost Tomlin last season, and one of the guys he originally wanted to hire is also a hot property.  It is also noteworthy that there haven’t been any changes to the current staff since the season ended.

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