Who Should Be Fired for Saints' Defensive Performance?

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Who Should Be Fired for Saints' Defensive Performance?
Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Through four games, the New Orleans Saints have put themselves on pace for some not-so-lofty company in terms of defensive performance over the course of one season.

Based off the numbers, New Orleans is on track to break the NFL record for yards allowed in a season (6,793 by 1981 Baltimore Colts) with 7,412, having allowed 1,853 through a quarter of this season. 

The Saints are also on dangerously pace for a number of other records, including points (on pace for 520 points, record is 533 by '81 Colts), rushing yards (2,988 yards, record is 3,228 by 1978 Buffalo Bills) and passing yards allowed in one season (4,424 yards, record is 4,796 by 2011 Green Bay Packers). 

Of course, four games does not a season make. The Saints have 12 games to turn around what has been an unmitigated disaster defensively. 

What if, however, the 2012 Saints' defense is a historically bad unit? What if this continues for the next 12 games and we're placing the Saints right alongside the 1981 Colts as the worst defenses ever? 

Well, heads would roll, and justifiably so.

Given the problems of the first four games, the following slides break down who's job would be the first to go. 

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