New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - The New Orleans Saints announced Thursday
that they have parted ways with both defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and
secondary coach Ken Flajole.
Both coaches were released as New Orleans head coach Sean Payton confirmed he
plans on switching to a 3-4 defense for next season.
"I personally want to thank Steve and Ken for their contributions during what
was an unprecedented 2012 season," Payton said. "Philosophically we are
changing our defense to a 3-4 alignment and right now is the best time to
accomplish this transition."
The Saints were ranked the worst team in opposing rushing yards per game
(292.6) and second-worst in passing yards per game (147.6) last season.
Spagnuolo served just one season with the Saints, after three seasons as head
coach of the Rams. He was 10-38 during his tenure with the St. Louis,
including a league-worst 2-14 in 2011-12. He also roamed the sidelines as the
defensive coordinator for the Giants in 2007-08.
Flajole also served just one season with the Saints, after three years as
defensive coordinator of the Rams.
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