New Orleans Saints begin making changes to the coaching staff

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) - According to various sources three assistant coaches were fired on Friday.  They include: wide receivers coach Henry Ellard, tight ends coach Terry Malone and assistant defensive backs coach Andre Curtis.

For the first time in his coaching rein in New Orleans, coach Sean Payton doesn't have a marquee NFL team. The first sign of things going downhill was the Saints won-loss record inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 3 wins and 5 losses. That's five straight defeats at home.

The Saints were heavyweights whenever they played in New Orleans and now they have lost that title and have become lightweights.  That doesn't sit well with Payton and he's determined to get New Orleans back on track.

Payton said, "It's not something that you want to experience again and it's something that drives you, fuels your fire...if you will.  There's nothing worse."

Payton and GM Mickey Loomis will be spending a busy off-season evaluating players and coaches and it doesn't help that the Saints have salary-cap issues.

Veteran quarterback Drew Brees will be back ion 2015. He's 36-years-old and he's not the same quarterback he was just a few years ago.  He's been throwing too many interceptions, but you can blame some of his misfortune on the Saints offensive line, one that was inconsistent in run and pass that came up too many sacks.

Veteran wide receiver Marques Colston closed out his 9th season in New Orleans with 57 receptions for 851 yards.  However, too many dropped passes and fumbles adds up to speculation that Colston may not be back in that number in 2015.

What happened to tight end Jimmy Graham? The highest paid tight end in NFL history didn't play up to those standards that he established before signing a 40-million dollar deal.  At times it looked as if he was just running through the motions.'

Graham will return in 2015.

Will defensive coordinator Rob Ryan be on the sidelines next season? The defense went from a top 5 ranked unit in 2013 to a bottom of the barrel NFL defense in 2014. Ryan's status is up in the air and he might disappear from the Saints coaching staff in 2015.

So far, he's still a member of the New Orleans Saints coaching staff and many of the Saints defensive players have thrown their support to keep Ryan in New Orleans.

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