Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Anonymous Saints player takes Spagnuolo to task

Posted By on Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spaguolo did not have a good first season with the Saints.

It’s never a dull moment when it comes to the 2012 New Orleans Saints season. A Times Picayune report quoted an anonymous member of the Saints defense saying that blame for their lack of performance this year has to be shared by defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

"Trust me all the guys were being politically correct this season when answering questions (this season)," the player was quoted as saying in the article written by Larry Holder for the paper. "It's bad."

This season was trying on many fronts and when the defense gives up an NFL record breaking 7,042 yards of total offense there is bound to be finger pointing as to the cause. What’s different is that the Saints locker room has historically been one to keep differences in-house.

So when a player comes out and says that the scheme was too complex, that Spagnuolo wasn’t as receptive to player input as previous defensive coordinator Gregg Williams it is news.

Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma took exception to the report in that the player chose to remain anonymous “say who said it,” Vilma said on Twitter.

Fans on message boards voiced displeasure on the report and the comments the player had to say about the defensive coordinator.

In the Sean Payton era, it’s been rare if at all that players have said disparaging remarks t the media about other players or coaches on the staff.

I attribute the comments to the end of a long season that clearly didn’t go according to plan and the lack of leadership that exists with Sean Payton not being in the building. The good thing for fans is that the 2012 season is over with and that hopefully a repeat performance won’t be coming in 2013.

COACHING SEARCH

Seven NFL teams are looking for new head coaches. Arizona, Buffalo, Cleveland, Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia and San Diego all parted ways with their head coaches back on Monday.

ProFootballTalk.com reported that the Bears interviewed Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. Wednesday evening. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport also reported the news citing a league source. Last season, Carmichael interviewed for the Raiders vacancy and the Bears are expected to go with a coach with more of an offensive mind than that of Lovie Smith a defensive coach.

Doug Marrone, the Saints offensive coordinator from 2006-2008, and currently the Syracuse head coach is also a candidate for a pair of teams. Marrone is said to be interviewing with Buffalo and Cleveland soon.

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