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Chiefs DC Spagnuolo becomes first coordinator to win 4 Super Bowls

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs’ back-to-back Super Bowl wins give the coaching staff an elite status.

Head coach Andy Reid earned his third Super Bowl win with the Chiefs pushing him further into rare air.

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He’s the fifth head coach all-time to win three or more Super Bowls, joining Patriots’ Bill Belichick (6), Steelers’ Chuck Noll (4), 49ers’ Bill Walsh (3) and Redskins’ Joe Gibbs (3).

Chiefs’ defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo also rewrote history with the win.

He’s all alone at the top as the only coordinator (defensive or offensive) to ever reach four Super Bowl wins. Spagnuolo won Super Bowl XLII with the New York Giants as defensive coordinator in the 2007 NFL season before rattling off the three with the Chiefs since the 2019 season.

Before Super Bowl LVIII, he was tied at three with former Washington Redskins DC Richie Petitbon and three coaches from the Bill Belichick tree in New England: OC Charlie Weis, OC Josh McDaniel and DC Romeo Crennel.

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Crennel and Weis won additional Super Bowl rings as Giants assistant coaches in non-coordinator roles.

Spagnuelo, also known as “Spags” is known for his elite pass-rushing defenses that have sometimes exposed his secondaries to being gashed for big plays.

He was brought into Kansas City after the Chiefs let go of DC Bob Sutton in 2018 and won Super Bowl LIV in his first season in KC with his quarterback-wrecking philosophy.

Spags’ defenses in the first three Super Bowl appearances with the Chiefs were inconsistent at times as the offense was the clear strength with quarterback Patrick Mahomes at the helm.

That changed in the latest stanza as the Chiefs proved in the 2023 season to be one of the best defenses in the NFL.

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The secondary in particular had elite corners like L’Jarius Sneed and Trent McDuffie that gave Spags’ patented blitz a lot of time to get to the quarterback. They stuck to receivers like glue, batted down passes and kept offenses out of the end zone all season long.

Backend production gave Chiefs safety Justin Reid the idea to make “In Spags We Trust” T-Shirts to honor a coach who doesn’t get a lot of credit compared to Andy Reid and his players.

“We just have full trust and belief in what coach Spags puts together no matter what happens,” Reid told FOX4 at the end of January. “Even if they score, say a touchdown on the first drive, we’re going to live and die by the game plan because we know it’s going to work.”

That trust was key to pushing Spags into a category of his own as the only coordinator to ever capture a fourth Super Bowl ring.

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