Posted January 24, 2013 on AP on Fox

ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 26: Head coach Steve Spagnuolo of the St. Louis Rams looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins at the Edward Jones Dome on September 26, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Redskins 30-16. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
The New Orleans Saints have fired defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo after one season. New Orleans ranked last in the NFL in total defense and run defense. Head coach Sean Payton, who returned to work this week after a season-long suspension, announced Thursday that Spagnuolo was being released. Payton also fired special teams coordinator Ken Flajole. The Saints went 7-9 this season and allowed 454 points; only Tennessee gave up more. New Orleans also yielded the most yards (7,042) ever in a single season Payton said New Orleans will switch to a 3-4 defense in 2013 ''and right now is the best time to accomplish this transition.'' --- Online: and
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