Saints dismiss Spagnuolo after one year

Posted: January 25, 2013

The New Orleans Saints have fired defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo after one season - a record-setting year in the wrong way.

New Orleans ranked last in the NFL in total defense and run defense, yielding the most yards (7,042) ever in a single season. The Saints went 7-9 this season and allowed 454 points; only Tennessee gave up more.

Coach Sean Payton, who returned to work this week after a season-long suspension, announced Thursday that Spagnuolo, a former Eagles assistant and Rams head coach, was being released.

GM faces tough calls

New York Jets general manager John Idzik said that decisions on the status of quarterback Mark Sanchez or whether to trade all-pro cornerback Darrelle Revis are premature, and that competition will determine the roster.

Idzik, 52, was hired last week to succeed Mike Tannenbaum after six seasons as the Seattle Seahawks' vice president of football operations. After helping build a team that reached the playoffs with an 11-5 record this season, Idzik takes control of the Jets, who went 6-10 and missed the postseason.

Brady fined $10,000

The NFL has fined New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady $10,000 for an "aggressive slide" in Sunday's AFC championship game against the Baltimore Ravens.

On a first and goal near the end of the second quarter, Brady was forced out of the pocket to his left. He ran for 3 yards but slid before he could be tackled. In the process, he raised his right leg and kicked defender Ed Reed in the thigh.

- Inquirer wire services

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