ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan is reporting that the New Orleans Saints are parting ways with offensive line coach Bret Ingalls.
It’s a move that needed to happen. Two weeks ago, Ingalls was one of my five coaches that I said needed to be gone in 2016. Here’s a snippet of what I had to say:
"The case for Ingalls’ departure is in how many times Drew Brees has been sacked and the amount of pressure he’s constantly under. I bet you might remember that Brees had the most amount of sacks in his career in 2013 with 37 total. It’s crazy to even fathom that they made the playoffs that season. In fact, Brees has now been sacked 96 times in the past 3 seasons. He was sacked 142 times from 2006-2012. At one point in October, Drew Brees was on pace to be sacked for over 50 times."
Bret Ingalls originally started with the Saints in 2009 as the running backs coach, and was moved to coach the offensive line in 2013. His ties with Sean Payton go back to San Diego State, where they served on the same coaching staff.
Per reports, Dan Roushar is expected to assume the role of offensive line coach. Roushar, who joined the Saints in 2013, has an extensive background coaching offensive lines. Most recently, Roushar was Michigan State’s offensive line coach from 2007-2010. He joined the Saints in 2013 as the running backs coach, and was shifted to the tight ends coach position in 2015.
The recent addition of Dan Campbell should address the void at the tight ends coaching spot if Roushar is indeed re-assigned to take over for Ingalls. The Saints have lost several coaches in 2016, but have made some smart moves by adding Joe Lombardi (quarterbacks), Aaron Glenn (secondary), and Dan Campbell (assistant head coach/tight ends).