New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Are you pleased with the progress made by Greg Romeus?
“Yes. Greg has been out there. It is nice to see him healthy. I remember him coming out of college, having that great junior year and then (suffering) all of those injuries. I have heard Joe (Coach Vitt) say that last year was a little like a redshirt year for him. This is when I am sure he would like to shine and so far, so good.”
Did you overlap with Brodrick Bunkley in Philadelphia?
“Yes. He was there as a rookie. He got off to a slow start but then, being in the division (with the New York Giants), I watched him as I left there and I thought he really bloomed into a good football player. He had a good year in Denver and now we are glad he is here. I think he is glad too. I know the rest of the players feel his presence there, so that’s a good thing. In any team sport, you have to be strong down the middle. Certainly in this sport and with our defense, it begins with the two tackles and the Mike linebacker.”
Do you think the change from going from Philadelphia to Denver was good for him?
“I guess the expectations are whatever you put on yourself. I am not into stats and all of that. I am just glad he is here. I am not really interested in going back on what he did or didn’t do. I am glad he is with the New Orleans Saints.”
What is it that stands out about him?
“He is a detailed guy. He has a high motor for a big guy. He is strong as an ox. Even Dan (Dalrymple) recognized that right away in the weight room. He is a worker. He stepped right in here and didn’t skip a beat. I’ve learned real quick that what Sean (Payton) has built with Joe (Vitt), Mickey (Loomis), and the rest of the coaches here is a group that works hard no matter what they are doing. Bunk just kind of fell in place.”
How much did you need to look at the defensive tackle position when joining the team?
“I would go back to what I said (earlier), down the middle is where you are going to be strongest. We are always going to look at that first. You can see the moves we made with the tackles and the Mike linebacker. It has worked out. I said this a couple weeks ago but it is hard to fully get the feel without the pads because especially on defense, this game is a physical one. Hopefully it all pieces together when we do that.”
What did you like about Elbert Mack?