The 2012 NFL season will not be one in which the New Orleans Saints will wish to remember. Take away the losing record and failure to make the playoffs, coupled with all of the player and coaching and executive suspensions, and this past season is one to forget in The Big Easy.
Unfortunately, it appears as if the damage control is nowhere near complete for Sean Payton and the Saints.
Payton signed a five year contract extension to remain as the head coach of the Saints, which is great news for the organization. But it appears as if the problems with the defense is still going to be an issue.
We all know the story with former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who left the team and was suspended for at least a season for his role in reportedly orchestrating the bounty program with the team a few years ago. The Saints hired Steve Spagnuolo to take over as defensive coordinator, hoping he could not only restore a top defensive unit, but also the reputation of the players and the franchise.
That mission does not seem as if it has been accomplished. Not according to one anonymous player.
A Saints’ player who wishes to remain unnamed reportedly told the Times-Picayune that Spagnuolo is a “control freak” who “treats players like crap.”
He was not through.
“Trust me, all the guys were being politically correct this season when answering questions,” the player said. “It’s bad. Players have no say in anything. 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. He does have that good-guy persona, but he is a control freak and treats people like crap. (He) has no patience and zero personality.”
It may still be a long offseason in New Orleans.