Since the New Orleans Saints‘ season came to an early end, the club has been keeping busy. Benson Family drama aside, player signings and staff adjustments have highlighted this ripe offseason for the Black and Gold.
Most of the personnel changes we’ve heard about in reports were never recognized publicly by the team. That is, until today. The Saints have officially announced their coaching additions for 2015.
To be precise, seven new coaches have been acquired for the upcoming season. Of course, Dennis Allen, who spent time with New Orleans as a secondary coach and defensive line coach, has returned to the Big Easy after heading the Oakland Raiders. He’ll be used in what the team is calling a senior defensive assistant role.
The hiring of Arkansas running back coach Joel Thomas was reported Saturday and confirmed by Razorbacks’ head coach Bret Bielema on Monday. Thomas has produced some stout backfields while coaching in the SEC, Big 10 and Pac-12.
The New Orleans Saints have also announced the addition of some other new faces. John Morton was here for Sean Payton‘s first season in 2006 as an offensive assistant when the Black and Gold appeared in their first ever NFC Championship game — he’ll be assuming Henry Ellard‘s (fired) role as wide receivers coach.
James Willis will be taking over as a defensive assistant and linebackers coach after spending the last two seasons coaching the Ragin’ Cajuns at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as the defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach. The hiring of Willis gives the Saints three linebackers coaches now.
New Orleans has appointed Kyle DeVan and Greg Lewis as offensive assistants and Brendan Nugent as a coaching assistant. DeVan played as an interior offensive lineman in the NFL for five years before taking his talents to USC as a graduate assistant in 2014.
Lewis was the wide receivers coach at the University of Pittsburgh in 2014, San Jose State (2013) and University of San Diego (2012). The name may sound familiar — Greg Lewis played wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles (2003-09) and the Minnesota Vikings (2009-10).
Brendan Nugent is taking his talents to the Crescent City after spending the last two years in the Windy City as the Chicago Bears‘ offensive quality control coach.
Here is a look at the complete coaching staff for 2015, released by the Saints on Wednesday (from NewOrleansSaints.com):
Sean Payton – Head Coach
Joe Vitt – Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers
Denis Allen – Senior Defensive Assistant
Pete Carmichael – Offensive Coordinator
Rob Ryan – Defensive Coordinator
Greg McMahon – Special Teams Coordinator
Charles Byrd – Assistant Strength and Conditioning
Dan Dalrymple – Head Strength and Conditioning
Kyle DeVan – Offensive Assistant
Bret Ingalls – Offensive Line
Bill Johnson – Defensive Line
Stan Kwan – Assistant Special Teams
Greg Lewis – Offensive Assistant
Wesley McGriff – Secondary
Jason Mitchell – Director of Coaching Administration
John Morton – Wide Receivers
Mike Neu – Quarterbacks
Brendan Nugent – Coaching Assistant
Dan Roushar – Tight Ends
Joel Thomas – Running Backs
Marcus Ungaro – Defensive Assistant
Rob Wenning – Assistant Strength and Conditioning
James Willis – Defensive Assistant/Linebackers
Brian Young – Defensive Assistant Linebackers
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