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Payton’s in no hurry to hire a new defensive coordinator


With the 2013 hiring cycle nearing a conclusion, the Saints are just getting started in their search for a new defensive coordinator.

But coach Sean Payton isn’t concerned about that.  He says that the team will take its time in finding someone to run its new 3-4 defense.

“This one’s different because of the timing and because of the uniqueness of the situation. There’s not any one candidate in mind,” Payton tells Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I know it appears to people that it’s late in the process.  But I don’t think it is.  We’ll be fairly patient, take our time in this decision.  Obviously, it’s going to involve philosophically a change, as well.

“We’re going to want to be deliberate, look at our league closely.  And I wouldn’t discount looking at the college game as well.”

Payton explained that the success of the 3-4 system has drawn him to it.

“For me and Mickey [Loomis] as well, some studies we’ve done and just seeing some of these teams weekly and the two teams playing in the Super Bowl, just having to attack it. It presents issues in running game, presents protection issues. I just know coaching on offense what it does to you . . . really from my own experience, when we played against a 3-4 teams a handful of teams.”

Still, Payton didn’t get to where he is without having a good plan.  And there’s no reason to expose that plan publicly now, especially with teams like the Eagles still searching for a coordinator.  Eventually, the Saints will make a hire — and it’ll likely be the guy they wanted all along.

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28 Responses to “Payton’s in no hurry to hire a new defensive coordinator”
  1. randolph32 says: Jan 25, 2013 9:24 AM

    Just because the Saints have problems with the 3/4 doesn’t mean everyone does….

  2. hoops737 says: Jan 25, 2013 9:27 AM

    Go After Kirby Smart!!

  3. dexterismyhero says: Jan 25, 2013 9:33 AM

    7-9 and they blame it on Roger.

  4. tvguy22 says: Jan 25, 2013 9:48 AM

    Gregg Williams – LOL

  5. bigalhebdman says: Jan 25, 2013 10:08 AM

    The best defense the Saints ever had was the vaunted Dome Patrol. It was a 3-4 coached by Jim Mora, Sr. Of course they had Hall of Famer Ricky Jackson, Pat Swilling and Sam Mills at LB. Too bad we can’t pear those guys with the current offense

  6. vtopa says: Jan 25, 2013 10:13 AM

    My guess is that Payton is targeting either Romeo Crennell or one of the defensive coaches from the two SuperBowl teams (probably Ed Donatell from the Niners) which explains why he “isn’t in a hurry.”

    Although, he sure did seem to be in a hurry to fire Spagnuolo…

  7. wludford says: Jan 25, 2013 10:18 AM

    I’m not sure the Saints know what defense is, let alone a defensive coordinator.

  8. nolaisadump says: Jan 25, 2013 10:19 AM

    Does not matter who they hire. Atlanta owns the division.

  9. xxwhodatxx says: Jan 25, 2013 10:20 AM

    Lovie Smith?

  10. pickledgringo says: Jan 25, 2013 10:36 AM

    He’s waiting on Fangio and bringing his 3-4 scheme

  11. larrydavid7000 says: Jan 25, 2013 10:39 AM

    just saying Payton I hear Greg Williams is looking for work.

  12. daknight93 says: Jan 25, 2013 10:47 AM

    Lovie Smith runs a 4-3…Lovie will not be in Nola

  13. really2011 says: Jan 25, 2013 10:48 AM

    randolph32 says:
    Jan 25, 2013 9:24 AM
    Just because the Saints have problems with the 3/4 doesn’t mean everyone does….


    Some people are really funny – will say anything even if it doesn’t make sense. Let’s try it this way… One of the best/most creative Offensive minds in football (Top 5 Offense for 6 years running and until this year the winningest coach over that time period) is saying that this defense is more difficut to deal with than others. Also, 6 of the top 10 Def’s in 2012, 8 of the 12 playoff teams, and both SB participants were 3-4s.

  14. kaferwerks says: Jan 25, 2013 10:48 AM

    I wonder if he tries to make a run at John Chavis from lsu. 6 lsu defensive players are entering the draft. Chavis on staff and few players from lsu would be a good step.

  15. really2011 says: Jan 25, 2013 10:49 AM

    xxwhodatxx says:
    Jan 25, 2013 10:20 AM
    Lovie Smith?


    Whodat – you do understand that Lovie is a Tampa 2 guy (4-3) and said he would only accept a HC job?

  16. tobeard04 says: Jan 25, 2013 10:50 AM

    Todd Grantham DC Georgia

  17. sb44champs says: Jan 25, 2013 11:17 AM

    Spags is gone, that’s addition by subtraction..

  18. saintsfan1981 says: Jan 25, 2013 12:28 PM

    @nolaisadump thanks for that. I needed a good laugh to make my day better. Atlanta owns the division! Hahaha!! To good man.

  19. nawlinsmitty says: Jan 25, 2013 12:47 PM

    Chokelanta with Matty Freeze (during big games) owns the division? What a joke!!!

  20. SeenThisB4 says: Jan 25, 2013 1:12 PM

    Atlanta owns the division?! LOL! They were 3-3 in the division. That’s how well they owned it.

  21. chattanola says: Jan 25, 2013 1:41 PM

    In his welcome back press conference the other day, I heard Payton say that he had been in touch with Bill Parcells during his suspension. (The Saints had brought Parcells in to discuss being interim coach for the 2012 season.)

    I wonder what they talked about?

    Crennel and Mangini were under Parcells and are 3-4 coaches. Parcells would also know a handful of other 3-4 coaches who Payton would find to be a good fit.

    Bet the next DC comes from the BP tree.

  22. ultimatesaintsfan says: Jan 25, 2013 2:03 PM

    I may get blasted for this but i would absolutely like to see Mangini as our new DC.

    Thou the guy failed at being a HC he knows how to evaluate Def talent. And he lives in the film room.

  23. eballa1 says: Jan 25, 2013 2:11 PM

    Watch, it’ll be Winston Moss from the Packers. He coached in NOLA before

  24. blackngoldsuperbowl says: Jan 25, 2013 2:52 PM

    nolaisadump says:Jan 25, 2013 10:19 AM

    Does not matter who they hire. Atlanta owns the division.


    I think the thumbs down says it all dude. ATL currently has to be the least feared team when in the playoffs. 2 – #1 seeds during the Matty Melted Ice era and nothing to show for. And dude i know you are a homer, but you need to know that I truely believe the ATL locker know this too.

  25. chachanola says: Jan 25, 2013 3:22 PM

    haha owned the division….bhahaha. Yeah right…bout scared of Atlanta as a hrandna with glacoma carrying a gun….not so much. Lets just say you leased the Division and well the lease is up.

  26. olesaintnick says: Jan 25, 2013 3:46 PM

    The Saints are 11-3 against the dirty birds since payton and brees took over that says it all NFC South is OWNED by the Who Dat Nation…..the only reason the dirty birds won it this year is the Saints had 2 different interim coaches and the falcons STILL couldn’t sweep the Saints. The falcons should have an asterisk by there division title but oh well they should enjoy there little banner to hang up in Atlanta. Hope they enjoyed it, Payton’s back now its time to show who REALLY owns this division, WHO DAT

  27. seveninc2000 says: Jan 25, 2013 3:59 PM

    You guys really need to leave the Atlanta fan alone, I hear after the Matt Ryan melt down, Authur Blank is considering bring in the Atlanta airport worker that threw eggs at the Saints team bus, he feels the employee can benefit the falcons QB prblems at a fraction of Ryan’s cost

  28. olesaintnick says: Jan 25, 2013 4:06 PM

    Sean I think you need to give mike singletary a call, and as for DB coach the one and only Mr. Darren Sharper. Think about it

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