Sean Payton back for Saints, but Steve Spagnuolo is gone

Head coach Sean Payton has returned to the New Orleans Saints and has now fired the defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

This happened on the same day that Ken Flajole, secondary coach, was fired and Payton announced the team was going to start using a3-4 defense.

The Saints’ Twitter account posted what Payton had to say about it. On the 3-4 defense Payton said, “Philosophically we are changing our defense to a 3-4 alignment.” When it came to the firing of Flajole and Spagnuolo he said, “I personally want to thank Steve & Ken for their contributions during what was an unprecedented 2012 season.”

Spagnuolo was hired a little over a year and his results with the Saints were far from good. The defense under Spagnuolo was worst in NFL history in giving up most total yards. Per game the Saints gave up 440.1 yards.

Which is truly shocking since Spagnuolo’s defense for the New York Giants dominated over the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in 2007.

However after the Senior Bowl, Payton made it pretty clear that there were going to be changes. CBSSports reports that when he was asked about his coaching staff his response was, “Most importantly, are we asking the players to do what they do best? … To answer your question specifically on defense, that’s the one thing that keeps me up at night right now.

“In other words, getting back here and visiting with the staff. Today, we’re going to read defensive evaluations. … We’re going to go through personnel, scouts, coaches.”

It will be interesting to see what other changes Payton makes for the Saints for the 2013-2014 season.

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