Originally written on NFL Injury Report  |  Last updated 11/20/14

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)
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton was recently reinstated by the National Football League, and he hasn’t waited long to make his presence known. Yesterday Payton and the Saints announced that they were parting ways with defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and switching to a 3-4 defense. "I personally want to thank Steve and Ken for their contributions during what was an unprecedented 2012 season," Payton said in a statement released by the Saints. "Philosophically we are changing our defense to a 3-4 alignment, and right now is the best time to accomplish this transition." The Saints hired Spagnuolo last offseason, and the formerly highly-touted defensive coordinator only lasted one year before getting the axe. The New Orleans’ defense appeared to get worse under Spagnuolo, and he was called out at the end of the year by an anonymous player in the Saints’ locker room. Spagnuolo made a name for himself as the New York Giants defensive coordinator. He ran that unit when the Giants won their first Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, and he ultimately turned it into a head coaching opportunity with the St. Louis Rams. Follow @TheNFLInjuryRpt !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://www.thenflinjuryreport.com//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-34100676-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();
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