Saints Fire 5 Assistant Coaches in Staff Shakeup


After missing the playoffs for the fourth time in five years, the New Orleans Saints are shaking up their coaching staff — though all of the assistants from the top-ranked offense will be retained.

Defensive line coach Bill Johnson, assistant special teams coach Stan Kwan, special teams coordinator Greg McMahon, assistant head coach/linebackers Joe Vitt and defensive assistant/linebackers James Willis were all fired Friday.

“I would like to thank all of these coaches for the work they have done for this club,” head coach Sean Payton said in a statement. “Specifically, Bill, Greg and Joe played a key role on teams that helped create a very special time in franchise history. They played an instrumental role in the development of countless players both on and off the field. I appreciate the contributions that these men have made to this team and wish them continued success.”

Vitt also served as interim head coach in 2012, the year Payton was suspended as part of the Bountygate scandal.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Nate Davis