"Well, yeah, teams knew we were going to be in a blitz 90 percent of the time, and they reacted accordingly," defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis said Friday. "It started to be where everything was three-step drop. I feel like people started to know exactly what was going on."
"The scheme is drastically different," veteran linebacker Scott Shanle says. "Under Gregg, it was man blitz, or you're playing Cover 2. Now it's three-deep and a lot of zone blitzes - everything is opposite, really. And 'Spags' isn't a big rah-rah guy, which Gregg obviously was."
(Love that last part. Perhaps the understatement of the decade.)
Don't be surprised if Spagnuolo's new approach yields better results for the Saints, and perhaps, another head-coaching gig down the line.