Originally Posted by eriadoc
Didn't Sean Payton hire Spagnuolo as the DC last year and then fire him in the offseason? One of the guys on 1560AM was saying that Spagnuolo never actually DC'ed a game under the guy who hired him.
And from what has been passed around from within (obligatory grain of salt), he had no intention of firing him and giving him another opportunity since last year should or could not be held against him.
When Payton showed up at the first meetings, the support from defensive personnel was low and they were not pleased with Spags, his coaching, his style, his scheme, etc. Then during the actual meeting, Spags lost his mind and started attacking the other defensive coaches, people Payton had known for a long time. Spags began throwing one person or coach or player under the bus without taking much (if any) responsibility of his own. And I watched all the games and some (if not much) of the criticism was legitimate.
All in all, it was a toxic situation and Payton didnt feel that Spags was going to be a good fit moving forward and was irate at his attitude and response and let him go. Even though that is not initially what he planned on doing.