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When you're putting assistant coaches on the hot seat, you have to look at which positional groups, as a whole, have been disappointing and/or awful.
And this "lost" year might be just the opportunity to cut ties with some underperforming heads of units.
The secondary, defensive line and wide receivers have been among the units that have been on my crap list all season long, and I guess you can add special teams to that.
Greg McMahon, the team's ST coordinator, has to go. His unit has rarely put points up on the board, but is not afraid to give them up or big chunks of yardage. Every once in a while, a player will break one, but that is mostly on the player and less on McMahon's scheme.
Ken Flajole, who Steve Spagnuolo brought with him from St. Louis, has not made a positive influence on his unit. But since he was Spags' defensive coordinator with the Rams, I don't see him on the firing range. His unit has made strides recently, but he should work on getting more out of the talent he has there.
Bill Johnson, the team's defensive line coach, had been with Coach Payton and co. for years, but longevity should not dismiss the fact the Saints constantly rank in the bottom third of sack leaders and quarterback hurries. He should be shown the door with a guy he has kind of been joined at the hip with, Sedrick Ellis.
Last, but not least, we get to the great Henry Ellard, who is the head guy in charge of the receivers. Ellard might be a Hall of Fame receiver in his own right, but Curtis Johnson had this unit running like a finely tuned machine and not the drop factory it has become. Ellard won't be going anywhere, but he needs to be put on notice that his job is on the line if those guys don't improve.