Newsflash: the familiarity they're talking about is long gone. Other than secondary coach Dave Merritt, there is no one left from his 2008 defensive coaching staff, the last season Spagnoulo was here. It was so long ago, none of the players from that team are still here, either.
Sure, Tom Coughlin likes familiarity, but that has worked against him as much as it's worked for him. There is a wide field of candidates to choose from right now. Don't get me wrong, I like Spags, but his recent track record is too spotty for me.
The Giants may need to bring in a fresher approach on defense. Pepper Johnson may be worth a try. He was around Bill Belichick for a long time and he's Giant royalty. He knows how to win, knows how to adjust. He may be the type of coach the Giants need right now.
Jim Schwartz is still rough around the edges, but he's a solid coach. The Giants should look into him after he cuts ties with Buffalo.
Mike Smith, who joined the Jaguars after Coughlin left in 2003, is also an interesting candidate but his last two seasons as the head coach in Atlanta did not go well. He is rumored to be following his old head coach, Jack Del Rio to Oakland.
Former Raider head coach Dennis Allen is also in the mix. The Giants had him in for an interview on Tuesday.
I say there is no need to rush into things here. The Giants should - and will - make the right choice. It just may not be the one everyone thinks.