5 keys to a successful New Orleans Saints offseason

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Nov 15, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan reacts on the sidelines against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 47-14. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Continue the coaching changes

The first step to this process was firing defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, a move that could have been done earlier following a miserable 2014 campaign.  But it was only fair he was given another shot after an epic uplift for this defense in 2013.

Since the 2015 regular season came to a disappointing end, the coaching department has already seen several changes.  Secondary coach Wesley McGriff, who needed to go, was hired by Auburn, paving the way for the hiring of Aaron Glenn.

The Saints also parted ways with offensive line coach Brett Ingalls.  Dan Roushar, who was the tight ends coach in 2014, will be assigned to the offensive line — his specialty.  Former Miami Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell was hired as the assistant head coach/tight ends.

Quarterbacks coach Mike Neu left for the Ball State head coaching job and offensive assistant Kyle DeVan went with him.  Joe Lombardi has returned to coach the quarterbacks after an offensive coordinator stint with the Detroit Lions.

With a number of coaching changes in the books, there will likely be more to come.  With the hiring of Campbell as assistant head coach, it could mean linebackers coach Joe Vitt, who also held the assistant position, could be on his way out.  He needs to be — the linebacker production has been horrible.  Defensive line coach Bill Johnson and special teams coach Greg McMahon are two more on the hot seat.  Defense and special teams have been a disaster in almost every area.

Next: 1. Money well spent?

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