Sean Payton committed a heinous crime Thursday evening.
He fired defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and secondary coach Ken Flajole just one season after a desperate pursuit to bring in a more schematically sound and solid defense.
In Payton’s year away from New Orleans, the results were not pretty. Upon resurrection from his NFL death, he reverted back to 2007-08 Payton—a man with zero patience who makes rushed decisions.
Time will tell if Payton’s decision to rush Spagnuolo out the door and transform the defense to a 3-4 is a sound one, or truly a 2007-08 decision as it seemed upon the announcement.
One thing is certain: It completely and utterly changes the draft prognosis for the Saints. While the Saints possess a few players who seem like good fits for a 3-4 defense, there are more pieces necessary to make it even a solid unit in 2013.
Unfortunately, this is one of the least 3-4 friendly drafts in recent memory. The Saints possess only one pick in the first two rounds—where the majority of quality 3-4 players can be plucked from.
What direction the Saints head in is unsure of course. But the 2013 Senior Bowl may help give us some answers. As with any college All-Star Game, it should be understood that scouts likely couldn't care less about the actual game.
The weekday practices—and specifically Monday through Wednesday—are the basis for scouts’ and personnel people’s grades for the week.
There are great players not at the Senior Bowl this week who should be given serious consideration on the Saints’ draft board.
Here are the scenarios at play for each draft slot the Saints currently reside in. All options will be brought to life, before a final decision is made.