Originally written on Pro Football Zone  |  Last updated 10/25/14
According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, an anonymous Saints player told him that defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo needs to be fired.One Saints player, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said a “resounding” yes when asked if he thought Spagnuolo should be fired after just one season in New Orleans as the Saints broke the single-season record for most yards allowed.“Trust me all the guys were being politically correct this season when answering questions,” the player said. “It’s bad.”The player added: “To give up what we gave up can’t be all talent. Look at where his units (have) been ranked before. I think one top 10?”The Saints finished last in the NFL in total defense, last in run defense, 31st in pass defense, 31st in points allowed and tied for 29th in sacks.“Players have no say in anything,” the player said. “It was (a) complete opposite from before where it was a simple D that players had lot of control and say. We couldn’t suggest (expletive)…Nothing ever changed. It was his way only.“Don’t even get me started on lack (of) ability to adjust during games. Bad, bad, bad.”The player also said every position group on defense was frustrated with Spagnuolo’s scheme all season. “(It was) tough putting on a supportive, everything-will-be-OK face, for you guys (the media) all the time,” the player said.The player said it wasn’t just wasn’t Spagnuolo’s scheme that rubbed players the wrong way. It was Spagnuolo as a coach and a person.“He does have that good-guy persona, but he is a control freak and treats people like crap,” the player said. “(Spagnuolo has) no patience and zero personality. (He) has a way of pissing players and our defensive coaches off with how he says and does things. (I) think it’s even harder after having (former defensive coordinator) Gregg (Williams), who guys enjoyed.”It’s very interesting to hear this because when Spags was the Giants’ defensive coordinator his players loved him and I’m sure wouldn’t mind having him back.I also find it interesting that this player says the Saints’ defensive issues this season shouldn’t fall completely on the players.  With all of the missed tackles and blown coverages that I saw from the Saints’ defense this season, I can’t put muchof the blame on Spagnuolo. Need NFL Tickets? var _CI = _CI || {}; (function() { var script = document.createElement('script'); ref = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; _CI.counter = (_CI.counter) ? _CI.counter + 1 : 1; document.write(''); script.type = 'text/javascript'; script.src = 'http://widget.crowdignite.com/widgets/27484?_ci_wid=_CI_widget_'+_CI.counter; script.async = true; ref.parentNode.insertBefore(script, ref); })(); sr_adspace_id = 1000005525107; sr_adspace_width = 300; sr_adspace_height = 250; sr_ad_new_window = true; sr_adspace_type = "graphic";
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