KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was 2007 when Steve Spagnuolo's New York Giants defense stopped Tom Brady and the New England Patriots from the NFL's first 19-0 season.
“Every game is different," Spagnuolo said. "The game has changed a little bit from when we played back there in '07, the quarterback we’re playing is still the same."
Brady had three Super Bowl rings before Super Bowl XLII, and as he looks for his seventh at Super Bowl LV, Spagnuolo's defense is back to wreak havoc.
“That’s always the challenge when you go against what I call a cerebral quarterback," Spagnuolo said, "and we know Tom is like that. He has total control. He gets them out there in time to change things. We’re going to have to be really good on the back end not to show him things, or, as we say, don’t let him read our mail."
Spagnuolo is the only offensive or defensive coordinator in NFL history to win a Super Bowl with two organizations.
If a Spaggs defense can take down Brady once again, add "beating Brady" to his resume.
“I’m hoping that if anything we can just mix it up enough that you know, we can be one or two steps ahead of Tom on a couple of plays here and there, and they will be successful ones for us because in this game, having been in the middle of it, it might just be a play here or there that makes all the difference in the world," Spagnuolo said.