It didn’t take long for the New Orleans Saints Sean Payton to begin a housecleaning. Apparently, watching his defensive unit, one that was never strong statistically, but in 2009 was ballhawking enough to generate turnovers and carry them to a Super bowl, deteriorate into the worst defensive team in the history of the NFL, was simply too much for him to bear. And so Payton didn’t waste any time. Mere days after his reinstatement by the NFL, Payton sent Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo packing after a single season.
There are no arguments about this decision. The Saints gave up 454 points, second most in the NFL. Yardage wise it was a historic season as New Orleans allowed opponents over 7,000 yards. The Saints finished 32nd in defense out of 32 teams, which is a shame because it completely wasted the talents of a very good offensive team run by Drew Brees.
And the fallout from Bountygate continues. Gregg Williams is still jobless and has very little chance of catching on elsewhere.
Elsewhere in the NFL its’ the same old story, as change sweeps the team who fell short of winning seasons and for some, even small incremental improvements. Eight NFL coaches fell to the axeman this season, a quarter of the jobs available. It’s a tough business.
The New York Jets are reportedly looking to trade Cornerback Darrelel Revis, considered by many to be the best shutdown corner in the NFL. The knock on Revis is money in this case and the potential to use Revis as a means of quickly improving a Jets roster that dramatically underperformed has to be a tempting thought for new GM John Idzik.
Reports are out that Rob Ryan has escaped from Scapegoat City and has been hired as the new Defensive Coordinator for the St. Louis Rams.
While Ray Lewis has decided to hang up his cleats it seems Ed Reed still has some juice left and will return in 2013.