During the first few weeks of the off-season, we’ll see more news unfold as we get closer to free agency. However, there is a big move for the Saints to report to you today around the coaching staff.
Mike Triplett | ESPN.com | Saints to hire Mike Neu as QB coach
The New Orleans Saints are bringing a familiar name back to their coaching staff — Tulane quarterbacks coach Mike Neu. ESPN.com confirmed that Neu will be hired as the Saints’ quarterbacks coach. The Times-Picayune first reported that Neu would join the Saints’ staff.
Neu, 42, is a natural choice to fill the job that was vacated when Joe Lombardi left last month to become offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions.
Neu was the former head coach of the AFL New Orleans Voodoo from 2004-2008. In 2006, Neu would work as a professional scout for the Saints, while the Voodoo operations were suspended for the year. He’s no stranger to the Saints organization, and this will be a great pairing. Neu worked with Nick Montana, hall of fame quarterback Joe Montana’s son, at Tulane.
Mike Triplett | ESPN.com | Ranking Saints needs: No. 2 Linebacker
This may not seem like one of the Saints’ most glaring needs since Lofton and Hawthorne played so well this past season. But look how thin the list gets behind those two veterans. I think it would be especially helpful for the Saints to look at this group in the draft since they need to inject youth and athleticism — someone who could rotate into the mix right away and develop into a future starter.
There is no doubt that the Saints will need to have linebackers for next season. In a 3-4 scheme, you must have an ample supply of linebackers. We know that Galette is technically a hybrid DE/OLB that gets the outside spot, and David Hawthorne/Curtis Lofton do a fine job in the middle. However, after that? It’s really hazy. I would like to see Parys Haralson come back next season, and Ramon Humber. However, the Saints may have to look at getting some talent via the draft. One person possibly forgotten from this list would be Rufus Johnson.
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Topics: Curtis Lofton, David Hawthorne, Jonathan Vilma, Junior Galette, Kevin Reddick, Mike Neu, New Orleans Saints, New Orleans Saints Daily News, Parys Harlason, Ramon Humber, Rufus Johnson, Saints Linebackers, Will Herring, Will Smith