It would be fair for you to suspect things are fairly chaotic in Saints camp right now.
But new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said things are much smoother than they appear, and he’s encouraged by what he’s witnessed thus far.
Steve Spagnuolo joined WIP radio in Philadelphia with Rickie Ricardo and Ike Reese (via SportsRadioInterviews.com), and said he’s been impressed with his new team and how adaptable they are.
“You guys may not believe me when I say this, but very, very smooth,” Spagnuolo said. “And I think it’s a testament not only to the leadership at the top, . . . but really the players and the coaches that have been there. If you go back to last season, there was a little bit of a dry run with this when Sean Payton injured his knee on the sidelines.
“Now, nobody ever wants to go into a season or an offseason without their head coach. There’s a great deal of love and respect for Sean. . . . I look forward to being with him next year, but I really feel like this organization, more than anyone I’ve ever been with, just really has a way with being able to adjust.”
And while the bounty scandal has created personnel losses in the coaching staff and on the roster, Spagnuolo said he can sense a quiet sense of resolve in those who remain.
“It’s not a talked about every day thing,” he said. “My guess is, underneath, I would think that we’re all prideful men, that maybe there is a little bit of that. If it’s used as a rallying cry and it helps us win, I’m all for it. But I think that we’re all, right now, just focused on training camp, what training camp’s all about, building a foundation.”
They got off to a good start, in a 7-6 loss to New England Thursday night. And when you look at certain aspects of the game, it’s clear they could exceed expectations. Bounty suspension aside, they might have upgraded at linebacker from Jonathan Vilma to Curtis Lofton, and if Spagnuolo can get a consistent pass rush from his front four, they have the opportunity to surprise people.