PHOENIX — Kenny Stills isn’t worried about the future.
The Saints might have finished a disappointing 7-9, and instead of playing in the Super Bowl, Stills was doing publicity hits there Thursday afternoon.
“I don’t think there’s one singular thing for why the way our season went,” Stills said. “I think the coaches are going to make some changes and are going to do some things to make sure we don’t have the same outcome next year.”
Those changes are already underway. The coaching staff parted ways with wide receivers coach Henry Ellard, assistant secondary coach Andre Curtis and tight ends coach Terry Malone. Director of college scouting Rick Reiprish was also let go.
The team also signed Jeff Ireland to help out with scouting and Dennis Allen to serve as an assistant coach. Their exact roles have not been publicly defined.
It’s not yet known how the departing coaches will be replaced.
Stills was in Arizona to do promotional hits for Vizio. He said he will not stick around for Sunday’s game between the Patriots and Seahawks.
Delvin Breaux inked a three-year deal with the Saints worth $1.587 million, a source said.
The deal contains a $12,000 signing and has $138,000 fully guaranteed for skill, injury and cap for 2015. There are no guarantees beyond the first season.
His base salaries over the next three seasons will be $435,000, $525,000 and $615,000.
Breaux signed with the Saints on Monday after staring at cornerback for the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Delay of game, please
Richard Sherman is hoping to get an early favor from his soon-to-be-arriving son.
“I think he’s going to be a disciplined young man and stay in there until after the game,” Sherman said. “He’s going to do his father his first favor and stay in there for another week or two.”
The child is not expected to arrive until early February, but Sherman is well aware that kids like to do things on their own schedule.
The Seahawks cornerback was then asked if he would leave to be with his girlfriend, Ashley, if the child arrives Sunday.
“We have things in place in case that happens,” he said. “We’ll cross that bridge when we get there. But I didn’t know that was a topic of national debate, honestly. I would not like to miss the birth of my first kid, but hopefully and God willing, we won’t have to cross that bridge.”
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch extended beyond a catchphrase to answer questions Thursday. He issued a statement about why he isn’t answering questions.
“I don’t know what story y’all trying to get out of me,” he said. “I don’t know what image ya’ll trying to portray of me. But it don’t matter what y’all say about me because when I go home at night, the same people that I look in the face — my family that I love, that’s all that really matters to me.
“So y’all can go make up whatever y’all want to make up because I don’t say for y’all to and put anything out on me.”
Lynch then questioned why the same reporters continue to show up to talk to him after being told the previous two days that he had nothing to say.
“Y’all show cameras and microphones down my throat,” he said. “But when I’m at home in my environment, I don’t see y’all, but y’all mad at me. And if you ain’t mad at me, then what y’all here for? I got nothing for y’all, though. I told y’all that.”