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Saints fire five assistant coaches

On Thursday, the Saints fired five assistant coaches, including linebackers coach Joe Vitt, who served as head coach when Sean Payton was suspended in 2012. Special teams coordinator Greg McMahon was also fired. Neither of these firings come as a huge surprise given the significant struggles of the Saints’ special teams and defense this past season. The Saints ranked 27th in and 30th respectively according to Football Outsiders. Defensive line coach Bill Johnson, assistant special teams coach Stan Kwan and defensive assistant/linebackers James Willis were also fired.

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