"I personally want to thank Steve and Ken for their contributions during what was an unprecedented 2012 season," Payton said in a statement released by the Saints. "Philosophically we are changing our defense to a 3-4 alignment, and right now is the best time to accomplish this transition."
"He does have that good-guy persona, but he is a control freak and treats people like crap," the player said. "(He) 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."
Spagnuolo's defensive schemes didn't help the Saints much, but talent remains the bigger problem. Their pass rush and outside linebacker group could be the worst in the NFL.
This move is more about Payton taking control of the Saints again. He clearly didn't like how Spagnuolo handled things while he was gone.