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Several New Orleans Saints Assistant Coaches Parting Ways With Team, According to Reports


Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receivers coach Henry Ellard during the second half of a game against the Dallas Cowboys at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Cowboys 49-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

According to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network and, several offseason changes have been made in the Big Easy Friday afternoon.  The New Orleans Saints are parting ways with wide receivers coach Henry Ellard and tight ends coach Terry Malone.

It also appears that assistant secondary coach Andre Curtis has been fired by the Black and Gold as well, following a defensive performance that ranked second-to-last in the league in 2014.

Ellard, a Fresno State alumni and former Pro Bowl wideout, has been with the organization since 2012 after stints with the  St. Louis Rams (2001-2008) and New York Jets (2009-2011).

Malone, once the offensive coordinator at the University of Michigan, has been a vital piece to the Saints’ coaching staff, mentoring tight ends like Billy Miller, Jeremy Shockey and Jimmy Graham.  He’s actually one of the original assistants on Sean Payton‘s staff since the savior head coach took his talents to the Crescent City in 2006.

Like Ellard, Andre Curtis has been with New Orleans since 2012, spending time with the Rams and New York Giants before stepping onto the scene in the Superdome.

This news comes just days after secondary coach Wesley McGriff took the vacant defensive coordinator job at Vanderbilt University in the SEC.

After a disturbing 7-9 performance in the horrid NFC South, it was pretty clear that coaching adjustments were just around the corner for the Saints.  This is likely only the beginning — expect more offseason changes to come.

The big question is, what will happen with Rob Ryan?  A 31st ranked defense is absolutely unacceptable, but Sean Payton may decide to give the silver-maned big guy another shot, but no more than one more shot.