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Payton won't comment on potential staff changes

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Rob Ryan's defense in New Orleans had given up scores of 49, 39, 34 and 31 coming into Sunday. In that 49-point game against the Giants, they surrendered 416 total yards, 329 of which were through the air.

It couldn't get any worse, right?

On Sunday in an embarrassing 47-14 loss to Washington, the Saints were gouged for 513 total yards. Kirk Cousins hurled four touchdown passes and rookie Matt Jones caught three passes for 131 yards and one touchdown.

So with the Saints approaching their bye week, is a change in coordinator on tap?

Via NOLA.com, Sean Payton won't go there -- at least at a postgame news conference on an afternoon when negative emotions are probably at an all-time high.

A switch in coordinators would not be extremely difficult considering Dennis Allen, a former defensive coordinator and head coach, is on the staff. Joe Vitt has also been a long-time NFL position coach and interim head coach who could very easily slide into the roll.

Keeping Ryan in place would be an extreme example of patience by the Saints, all things considered. Ryan was trying something revolutionary with his personnel and deployment over the last two seasons but has seen the Saints finish 29th in total defense in 2013, second in 2014 and 31st in 2015.

Heading into Sunday's game, the Saints were giving up 414.8 yards per game. That number got marginally worse thanks to Cousins.

From a fan's perspective, seeing Ryan go would be unfortunate. Like his brother, Rex, he pumps more life into an NFL game than just about any coach in football.

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