The eyeball-catching change the Saints made at defensive coordinator might not be the only shift New Orleans implemented during the bye week.
Sean Payton wanted to take a look at everything.
New Orleans headed into its bye week stumbling to 4-6 after showing promise that the Saints could get back in the playoff race. Faced with that inconsistency, Payton decided to take a closer look at more than just Rob Ryan.
“The point is, we’re not just going to continue on status quo,” Payton said. “That would be madness, right? We’re going to look closely at each position, what we’re coaching, how we’re coaching them, evaluate it, and make sure we’re giving ourselves the best chance to win.”
But the changes might be small in nature, rather than matching the headline-grabbing decision to turn the defense over to Dennis Allen.
Eleven weeks into the season, there aren’t any free agents available to instantly upgrade a certain spot. The Saints did sign pass rusher Phillip Hunt on Monday, but those mid-week moves are generally made more for depth than impact.
New Orleans will make its changes with the roster the Saints already have.
“Within the framework of your base package, your nickel package, those are some things that we would tinker with,” Payton said. “At this point in the season, you’re not waiting for the next guy to walk in the building. It’s going to come from within.”
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