Last month the Saints promoted assistant secondary coach Tony Oden to the head secondary coach after the departure of Dennis Allen to the Broncos, who took over in Denver as the new defensive coordinatoor in John Fox’s regime.
Today the team has announced that they have moved Mike Mallory from assitant special teams coach to assistant secondary coach in replacement of Oden and hired John Bonamego to take over his role.
Mallory spent two decades coaching in the college ranks before joining the Saints four seasons ago and will now get to prove his chops working with Oden to continue developing the talent in the secondary and improve on last seasons fifth ranked pass defense.
Oden and Mallory both have a relatively young and talent rich group to work with considering the Saints have spent high draft pick over recent seasons to infuse talent into a once struggling secondary. Malcolm Jenkins, Roman Harper, Tracy Porter, Jabari Greer and Patrick Robinson make up one talented group.
Bonamego had a previous stint with the Saints coaching staff having served as special teams coordinator in 2006 and 2007 before making his way to the Dolphins were he held the same position from 2008 to 2010.
Before his time with the Saints Bonamego previously held coordinator roles with the Green Bay Packers (2003-05) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2002).