There was a great deal of buzz yesterday with the New Orleans Saints, as several front office moves were made.
It was first reported early in the morning that the team was bringing back a familiar face, Dennis Allen, as a senior defensive assistant to Rob Ryan. Then, news broke from ESPN’s Adam Schefter that former Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland was joining the black and gold.
However, nothing official was announced by the Saints organization, specifically general manager Mickey Loomis. Ireland even said that he wasn’t hired, but did speak to the Saints and wanted to work for them.
Rick Reiprish, who was the director of college scouting for the Saints, was informed that he was fired yesterday despite being in attendance at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. This ultimately opened the door for Ireland to come in.
Today, everything became official, as Loomis announced the hiring of Ireland to become the new director of college scouting.
Ireland gained most of his fame for his work with the Dallas Cowboys from 2001-2005, as he was a national talent scout for the organization. Four players were selected during this time frame that were future Pro Bowl players: safety Roy Williams, tight end Jason Witten, center Andre Gurode, and cornerback Terence Newman.
After his stint in Dallas, Ireland served as general manager for the Dolphins for six seasons before being fired January 7, 2014. He’d find a home in Seattle to serve as draft consultant in April, but his time there was extremely brief. Ireland left the team after a month.
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