Reports have surfaced today that the New Orleans Saints are looking at LSU running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson to fill their vacant wide receivers coach position.
The Saints lost former receivers coach Curtis Johnson locally to Tulane University, where he took over as the school’s new head coach once New Orleans season ended with their playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Wilson, a New Orleans native, spent the 2009 season as Tennessee’s receivers coach before moving on to LSU in his current role in each of the last two seasons.
Widely considered one of the top recruiters in college football, Wilson has also brought success to LSU’s running back group.
Last season Michael Ford and Spencer Ware combined for 1,455 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns under his tutelage.
In 2010 running back Stevan Ridley, now with the New England Patriots, rushed for 1,147 yards and 15 touchdowns on his way to earning first team All-SEC honors thanks to Wilson’s coaching.
New Orleans may also still look internally to fill out the role on the coaching staff, but Wilson is a prime candidate if he decides he is ready to leave LSU and join up with the Saints.
Steve Spagnuolo was hired to become the teams new defensive coordinator in the wake of Gregg Williams departure to the St. Louis Rams, and he must rebuild a unit that ranked 24th in league last year in total defense.
Spagnuolo has already started the process by hiring his former defensive coordinator with the Rams, Ken Flajole, to join him in New Orleans as the teams new secondary coach.
Flajole replaces Tony Oden, who was allowed to walk and join the Jacksonville Jaguars staff, after spending only one year as the full time secondary coach where he guided the pass defense to a poor 30th overall ranking.