Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 1/25/13

One of Sean Payton's apparent priorities now that he is back as the New Orleans Saints head coach was to overhaul the defense, and in one fell swoop, he let go of DC Steve Spagnuolo and secondary coach Ken Flajole, the team announced Thursday. He also says he's going with 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 on the team's website. “Philosophically we are changing our defense to a 3-4 alignment and right now is the best time to accomplish this transition.” Spagnuolo was Gregg Williams' replacement when Williams took the job in St. Louis, before the bounty scandal broke. He was hailed in 2007 as the architect of the New York Giants defense won that Super Bowl, but that probably seems almost like a lifetime ago for Spags, who's out of job as of today. var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});

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