New York Giants add defensive line coach Sean Spencer to coaching staff

New York Giants, Sean Spencer
BLOOMINGTON, IN - OCTOBER 20: Penn State Nittany Lions Defensive Line Coach Sean Spencer looks on during the Big Ten Conference college football game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Indiana Hoosiers on October 20, 2018, at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The New York Giants have reportedly dipped into the college ranks to fill their vacant defensive line coaching vacancy.  The Centre Daily Times out of State College, Pennsylvania, is reporting that Penn State assistant head coach and defensive line coach, Sean Spencer, will be joining Joe Judge and the Giants.

What to know about Sean Spencer

Sean Spencer, nicknamed “Coach Chaos,” is a native of Hartford, Connecticut, where he played high school football with former NFL head coach Eric Mangini.   He has been with Penn State since 2014, following current Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin from Vanderbilt.  With Penn State, Spencer led the defensive line he deemed the “Wild Dogs,” to some very impressive seasons.

Deemed the “Wild Dogs,” the Nittany Lions defensive line has been one of the best units in college football since Spencer’s arrival.  In 2014, out of more than 120 qualifying teams, PSU finished third in the country in rushing defense (100.5) and second in total defense (278.7).  Spencer helped current San Francisco 49er Anthony Zettel record a first-team All-Big Ten season.

During the 2015 season, Penn State’s defensive line led college football in sacks per game (3.5), were sixth in tackles for loss  (8.2), and 14th in total defense (324.5).  This helped walk-on Carl Nassib break a single season PSU record for total sacks (15.5) and receive four defensive awards on the season.

The Wild Dogs didn’t stop there.  In 2016, the team finished seventh in the nation in tackles for loss (8.1) and 19th in sacks per game (2.86) on their way to a Big Ten Title.  During the 2017 season, the defense was 17th in total defense and seventh in team sacks with 42.  In the 2018 season, the defensive line led the country in sacks per game with 3.62 and was fourth in tackles for loss with 8.2 per game.

This most recent season, Spencer helped do it again, with Penn State having a top-five rushing defense and seventh in sacks per game with 3.46.

Moral of the story.  Coach Sean “Chaos” Spencer will get the most out of the Giants’ defensive line.


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