NFL Latest News: New Orleans Saints Fire Five Assistant Coaches, Including Coach Vitt And Coach McMahon

By Richard Rickss, Posted: 01/06/17 04:00AM EST

The New Orleans Saints are making some major changes to their coaching staff. The latest news is reporting that Payton has fired five assistant coaches, including coach Vitt and coach McMahon.

NFL Latest News: New Orleans Saints Assistant Coaches Fired

NFL News reported that the New Orleans Saints have fired assistant coach Joe Vitt, special teams coordinator Greg McMahon, assistant special teams coach Stan Kwan, defensive line coach Bill Johnson, and defensive assistant/linebackers coach James Willis. The Saints also said that the moves indicate that head coach Sean Payton will stay with the Saints.

Coach Vitt, who was also the assistant coach, has been on Payton's staff since 2006. Vitt served as an interim head coach in 2012 during Sean Payton's season-long suspension, leading the Saints to a 5-5 record in the final 10 games of the season, finishing 7-9 season. Vitt, 62, also served a six-game suspension that year related to the bounty scandal.

McMahon had also been with the Saints since 2006. McMaho'sn future was put in doubt as soon as the team hired veteran special teams coach Kevin O'Dea during the season.

NFL Latest News: New Orleans Saints Made The Right Decision

According to CBS Sports News, the changes that the New Orleans Saints made makes sense, considering the Saints just wrapped up their third straight 7-9 season. It also makes sense that all of the changes pertain to the defense and special teams.

Led by the efficient as always Drew Brees, the Saints ranked second in the NFL with 29.3 points per game, but the defense struggled again, allowing 28.4 points per game. Special teams also had its share of issues as the Saints averaged 16.5 yards per kickoff return, which was the second-worst average in the league, and allowed 22.5 yards per kickoff return.

The Saints haven't made the playoffs since 2013. And with Brees now 37 years old, possibly nearing retirement, the Saints can't afford to waste any more time.

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