Michigan State offensive coordinator Dan Roushar(image courtesy of 24/7sports.com)
The New Orleans Saints have reportedly filled a major coaching vacancy by hiring Michigan State University offensive coordinator Dan Roushar as their new running backs coach.
The following is a part of a statement from Roushar Michigan State University released on his decision to join the Saints staff:
"The New Orleans Saints and Michigan State are built on similar models, with a focus on character and people. New Orleans has won a Super Bowl, and over the last five years, the Saints have been one of the winningest organizations in the NFL. I’ve had an opportunity to work for Mark Dantonio – in my opinion, the best college football coach in America – for the last eight years, including the last six seasons at Michigan State. Now, I have an opportunity to work for arguably the best coach in the NFL, in Sean Payton. Professionally, this is an opportunity I simply couldn’t pass up. Now as a running backs coach, I have the chance to learn the interworking of the NFL."
This move to hire him as the running backs coach is a little surprising since he has mainly been an offensive line coach in his career, an area the Saints just filled with Bret Ingalls who was the team’s running backs coach.
Ingalls will take the spot Aaron Kromer vacated when he left to join the Chicago Bears to become their new offensive coordinator as well as their offensive line coach.
Roushar does have some running backs coach experience during his two years at Illinois University during the 2003 and 2004 season. This ironically was also when Roushar coached a young running back who would make a name for himself as a Saint, Pierre Thomas.