Change is taking place in New Orleans.

The Saints have fired assistant head coach/linebacker coach Joe Vitt, defensive line coach Bill Johnson, special teams coordinator Greg McMahon, assistant special teams coach Stan Kwan and defensive assistant/linebackers coach James Willis, sources informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The move indicates that head coach Sean Payton will stay there, Rapoport added.

Alex Marvez of SportingNews.com first reported the development.

“Of course there’s still open speculation with Sean Payton eyeing with some potential job opportunities at least with the Rams and some other places,” Rapoport said on Up to The Minute Live on Thursday. “But the fact that he seems to be making some staff changes, making decisions for the Saints in 2017 does indicate more strongly than his words ever could is that he’s staying in New Orleans for at least one more year.”

Vitt was with the Saints for 11 seasons. Vitt came to the Saints after serving as interim head coach for the final 11 games in St. Louis in 2005.

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