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November 11, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Jonathan Vilma (51) against the Atlanta Falcons prior to kickoff of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The 2012 season for the New Orleans Saints was hard enough with the bounty drama and 7-9 finish.  All the team and fans wanted to do was end this dreadful ride and wipe the slate clean to start over again in 2013.  It looks like this won’t happen do to an anonymous voice in the Saints locker room.

The story broke late yesterday night as the uneventful Orange Bowl was coming to a close and had put most football fans to sleep.  It came from Saints beat writer Larry Holder who cited one player that thinks Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo should be fired.

This debate began raging after the Saints fell to 0-4 at the beginning of the season and opponents seemed to be able to impose their will on the Saints defense especially in the run game.

Who Dat Nation became split with some saying Spagnuolo should be fired with others saying give the new scheme a chance since it was much more complex than former coordinator Gregg Williams blitz-heavy one.

The Saints defense ranked as one of the worst in the NFL all season and all time.  They surpassed the 1981 Baltimore Colts and gave up a record 7,042 yards for the season.

The player spoke to Holder on the condition of anonymity and had some very harsh words to say about Spagnuolo including saying that “yes” he should be fired.

"“Players have no say in anything,” the player said. “It was (a) complete opposite from before where it was a simple D that players had lot of control and say. We couldn’t suggest (expletive)…Nothing ever changed. It was his way only. “Don’t even get me started on lack (of) ability to adjust during games. Bad, bad, bad.”"

While this is only one player saying it, the bad part is that he suggests that he isn’t the only one who feel this way saying that numerous players and coaches in every position group feel the same way.

"“He does have that good-guy persona, but he is a control freak and treats people like crap,” the player said. “(Spagnuolo has) no patience and zero personality. (He) has a way of pissing players and our defensive coaches off with how he says and does things. (I) think it’s even harder after having (former defensive coordinator) Gregg (Williams), who guys enjoyed.”"