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New Orleans Saints coaching moves pay big in 2017

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 29: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints wears Chicago Bears jacket in memory of Fats Domino during the game against the Chicago Bears at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 29, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 29: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints wears Chicago Bears jacket in memory of Fats Domino during the game against the Chicago Bears at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 29, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /
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Dan Campbell and Curtis Johnson

Dan Campbell is the Saints assistant head coach and tight ends coach. While the Saints tight ends are not very prolific in this offense, Campbell’s service is well received. He spent his last NFL season with the Saints in 2009 as a tight end. His coaching ability made him a highly regarded assistant and when the Dolphins fired Joe Philbin after a 1-3 start to the 2015 season Campbell was called upon. He went 5-7 in his interim stint but was not retained by the Dolphins.

From the college head coaching ranks, we had the return of Curtis Johnson. Johnson was known as the guy who got all that talent out of Marques Colston during Johnson’s first stint with the Saints. He’s also known for getting Marshall Faulk all the way out to San Diego State, where Johnson was an assistant coach (recruit him as a DB? Not Johnson). Johnson left the Saints to coach at Tulane, but after 4 seasons came back to the pro ranks, first in Chicago, then back to New Orleans.

Having so many coaches with head coaching experience can either make for a wealth of knowledge or a quagmire of too many chiefs. The Saints seem to have reeled in egos and have all that knowledge working together.

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