Jason La Confora is reporting the Saints have added special teams coach Mike Westhoff to the coaching staff.

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This is a good move for the Saints because they’ve been struggling mightily on special teams.  Not so much in the kicking of field goal and extra points (need help there, too), but in the punting and kicking coverage units as well as the punting and kicking return units.

According to PFREF, the Saints are 28th in yards per kick return, 30th in yards per punt return, 28th in yards per kick return allowed, and 27th in yards per punt return allowed.  That’s not getting it done, not for a team with playoff / Superbowl aspirations.  The winning streak has masked some of the deficiencies on special teams, but not from Sean Payton.  Props to Coach Payton for recognizing the weakness and taking a pro-active step to correct it.

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