Giants targeting next defensive coordinator

The New York Giants have been planning for the day that defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo would leave since last season, at least.

When the Redskins targeted Spagnuolo last season, the Giants made plans to potentially hire former Panthers and Texans head coach Dom Capers.

Once Spagnuolo accepted the Rams’ job Saturday, those plans came right back into play, even though Capers was wrapping up a visit in Green Bay with the Packers to potentially become their next defensive coordinator.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin and Capers have a long history. They were the first head coaches for the two expansion franchises that came into the league at the same time in 1995, Jacksonville and Carolina. They also coached together in Jacksonville.

During the summer of 2003 when Coughlin was out of work, Capers invited him to spend some time at the Texans’ training camp while Houston was scrimmaging the Denver Broncos. The two men long have admired each other, and soon enough, they could be working together.

It would be just Green Bay’s luck. The Packers brought in Mike Nolan to become their defensive coordinator, and he got the Broncos’ job. Then the Packers brought in Gregg Williams to become their defensive coordinator, and he got the Saints’ job. Now they have brought in Capers. The league waits to see his next move.

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