Steve Spagnuolo assailed by New Orleans Saints player

  • Updated: Jan. 2, 2013 at 03:54 a.m.

An anonymous New Orleans Saints player said defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo should be fired, calling Spagnuolo "a control freak" who "treats people like crap," the Times-Picayune reported late Tuesday.

"Trust me, all the guys were being politically correct this season when answering questions," the player said. "It's bad."

The Saints defense set the NFL record for most yards allowed this season with 7,042. The unit was 31st in scoring this season, giving up 28.4 points per game. It was Spagnuolo's first season with the Saints after a three-year stint as head coach of the St. Louis Rams.

"Players have no say in anything," the player complained. "...Nothing ever changed. It was his way only.

"Don't even get me started on lack (of) ability to adjust during games. Bad, bad, bad."

Spagnuolo was the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants in 2007, when the team won the Super Bowl, and 2008.

"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."