Saints lose secondary coach Wesley McGriff to Auburn
According to Brandon Marcello of AL.com, the Auburn Tigers are bringing on New Orleans Saints secondary coach Wesley McGriff as their co-defensive coordinator.
The move was announced on Thursday, as newly appointed defensive coordinator Kevin Steele brought on his McGriff as his first defensive assistant. McGriff, who joined the team in 2013 after serving with Ole Miss for the 2011 season, spent three seasons with the New Orleans Saints.
"“I’m really excited to be working with Coach Malzahn and his staff at Auburn,” McGriff said. “I’ve always had a high regard for Auburn and the football program and I’m looking forward to helping them win championships.”"
McGriff was one of my five coaches I didn’t believe that should be back with the team in 2016. This year’s Saints defense set an NFL record for the most passing touchdowns allowed in a single season, and they finished as the 31st worst ranked passing defense with 4,544 yards allowed. Prior to the 2015 season, it was rumored that McGriff was heading for Vanderbilt as the team’s defensive coordinator. However, he stayed with the Saints.
There were far too many times where the secondary looked confused with their assignments, roles, and communication. In three years, the Saints were only able to muster up 33 interceptions, which as you’d imagine was towards the bottom of the league.
The Saints will likely have their second vacant coaching position this week. An earlier report said that quarterbacks coach Mike Neu was heading for his alma mater Ball State as the team’s head coach.