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Payton thanks fired coaches for their service in team statement

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The Saints on Friday formally announced the firing of five assistant coaches. The announcement on Friday included a statement from head coach Sean Payton on the firings.

“I would like to thank all of these coaches for the work they have done for this club,” Payton said. “Specifically, Bill [Johnson], Greg [McMahon] and Joe [Vitt] 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 was the team’s assistant head coach and served as the interim head coach in 2012 when Payton was suspended. McMahon was the special teams coach for the last nine seasons, and Johnson had coached the defensive line since 2009.

Also fired were defensive line coach Bill Johnson and assistant special teams coach Stan Kwan.

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9 Responses to “Payton thanks fired coaches for their service in team statement”
  1. babygaga19 says: Jan 6, 2017 3:36 PM

    Translation: Ownership is making me fire you so I can save my azzz. Adios.

  2. lightcleric says: Jan 6, 2017 3:45 PM

    Really shocked by the Joe Vitt firing in particular but there had to be some changes after going 7-9 for three straight years.

    I just hope those changes include not massively overpaying for free agent busts like Byrd and Fleener but I doubt it…

  3. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 6, 2017 3:51 PM

    ……hey guys, you’ll thank me later….see ya all in LA !….Sean

  4. donbat67 says: Jan 6, 2017 4:05 PM

    Don’t worry Drew Brees is going to set them up in his Pyramid Scheme .

  5. thenoffer says: Jan 6, 2017 4:22 PM

    Can they fire Rob Ryan again?

  6. whodat5150 says: Jan 6, 2017 4:24 PM

    If only he could fire Mickey Loomis!

  7. wolfman55h says: Jan 7, 2017 9:12 AM

    Any coach who throws over his staff is a weasel and should lose all respect in his locker room. But then knocking up cheerleaders and going 7-9 three years straight would ordinarily do that as well.

  8. tremoluxman says: Jan 7, 2017 11:49 AM

    The old “Here’s your hat; what’s your hurry?” treatment.

  9. silentcount says: Jan 8, 2017 12:13 AM

    With any other special teams coach the Saints would have been 10-6.

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