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Old 01-07-2009, 04:29 PM   #404
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Posted by Aaron Wilson on January 7, 2009, 6:50 p.m.

The New Orleans Saints fired defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs on Wednesday, jettisoning him from the coaching staff after finishing in the bottom third in total defense for two consecutive seasons under his leadership.

The Saints had the 11th-ranked defense during Gibbs’ first season in New Orleans. They fell to 27th in 2007, and showed little improvement in 2008, finishing 23rd in total defense.

In 2008, New Orleans allowed 339.5 yards of offense per game.

“This was a very difficult decision to make,” Saints coach Sean Payton said in a statement, per the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “Gary Gibbs is a fine man and football coach who has worked diligently during his tenure with the Saints. I thank him for the many contributions that he has made to this team and wish him continued success in his career.”

The Saints ranked 23rd in passing defense (221.7 average) and 17th in rushing defense (117.8 average) this season. They registered just 15 interceptions and 28 sacks.

Gibbs was part of Payton’s original staff, arriving from the Dallas Cowboys in 2006.

No immediate replacement for Gibbs was named or rumored.
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