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New Orleans Saints coaching moves pay big in 2017

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 29: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints wears Chicago Bears jacket in memory of Fats Domino during the game against the Chicago Bears at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 29, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 29: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints wears Chicago Bears jacket in memory of Fats Domino during the game against the Chicago Bears at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 29, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /
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The Saints’ performance on the field is off the charts over the last 7 games. These guys, the coaching staff are the reason.

The New Orleans Saints have so much going for them currently. Nothing is static in the NFL and there has been a youth movement on this team. 4 rookies are currently starting or playing major roles. And every rookie the Saints drafted has spent time on this year’s active roster. Much credit has to go to Jeff Ireland and the scouting staff for picking up the right pieces. But there are some other folks to whom much credit must go, particularly with this young team – the coaching staff.

Sean Payton’s current staff is quite different than in years past. He jettisoned a good number of coaches over the last couple of seasons to get his feel right on the sidelines. This is a staff of guys who are probably as hungry as the players for one reason or another. It’s an experienced staff, with parts from many places. Most importantly, this is a staff with several guys who want a second chance.

There are 3 former NFL head coaches, a former college head coach, and several former coordinators. That type of experience on one coaching staff is tough to find. It’s one of the reasons this team has developed their talent so well.

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