Sean Payton says no changes to Saints coaching staff
NEW ORLEANS - Saints Head Coach Sean Payton squashed rumors Monday that there would be a coaching change in New Orleans during his Monday morning meeting with the press.
Payton began by lamenting Sunday’s game against Washington, saying he and his staff had reviewed the tape and were beginning to work through what was a “disappointing loss.”
He wrapped up his initial comments with statements about injuries, treatment schedules and overall corrections that needed to be made with the squad.
The first question from the press when Payton opened up the press conference to questions was about defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s status with the team. Payton was quick to say that no coaching roles would be changed as of this time.
"Continuing on this same course, is something we're not going to do," he said. Payton said Ryan was still a member of the staff, but he did not offer support to the embattled coach.
FOX Sports/NFL reported earlier Monday that the Saints would possibly fire defensive coordinator Rob Ryan after Sunday's dismal performance. Facing one of the league's worst offenses, the Saints gave up nearly 400 yards in the first half alone and allowed quarterback Kirk Cousins to have a perfect passer rating in the 47-14 rout.
Payton spent the rest of his time with the press addressing game mechanics and mistakes from Sunday’s game that needed to be addressed, saying he wouldn't answer any more questions about "speculation" with his coaching staff.