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Steve Spagnuolo, who was fired as the New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator in January, was hired by the Baltimore Ravens as a senior defensive assistant, the team announced Friday.

Spagnuolo spent three seasons as the St. Louis Rams head coach, where he was 10-38, before he was dismissed by the Rams and hired by the Saints prior to the 2012 season.

The Saints set an NFL record for most yards allowed in a season in 2012.

Spagnuolo has always worked with a 4-3 defense, while the Ravens employ a 3-4 alignment.

"Steve had a number of opportunities in the league right now, and we're excited he picked the Ravens," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said in a statement. "He comes to a staff that we believe is very strong, and he makes us even better. His wealth of NFL coaching experience speaks for itself, and he'll help us across the board. We think he can help with every position on the defense, and we'll take full advantage of his knowledge and excellent teaching abilities. The Ravens got better today with the addition of an outstanding coach and person like Steve."
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