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Saints Sean Payton says should be “a week” before new defensive coordinator is hired


Jan 23, 2013; Mobile AL, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and assistant head coach Joe Vitt (left) watching the Senior Bowl north squad practice a day after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (not pictured) reinstated New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton after his season long suspension. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton was on ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning on Wednesday and stated that much to the heavily reported rumor by the same network, the Saints are going to take a bit more time with hiring a new defensive coordinator.

In fact Payton said that they would know “in about a week” who their new hire would be and that they would bring in “2 to 3 candidates” to interview for the position.  However, not even 30 thirty seconds later, Payton said that they Saints would bring in “2 to 4 candidates.”

Payton did say that Ryan would be one of the interviews which is said to be scheduled for the end of this week.  A second interview is reportedly coming for Georgia Bulldogs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

If there is at least one other candidate who interviews, San Francisco 49ers defensive line coach Jim Tomsula has been another name kicked around over the past several weeks and would be one that is highly welcomed.

During the interview, Payton spoke of the challenge with interviewing potential candidates because of having to ask permission from respective clubs and that there are other requests from the Saints to other teams to speak with different position coaches.

This could mean that the Saints possibly do have Tomsula on their radar and are simply waiting on word from the 49ers to either grant permission or to deny them that.