NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says there are three strong candidates on the Saints staff to step in as interim coach: defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. and offensive line coach Aaron Kromer.
As the Saints try to regroup from penalties handed down by the NFL for running a bounty program, the person said Thursday it's still too early to tell how reassignments on the coaching staff and in the front office will shake out.
The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Saints have not announced their plans.
The league suspended Sean Payton for a year, general manager Mickey Loomis for eight games and assistant head coach Joe Vitt for six.
New Orleans is figuring out how to move on.