The New Orleans Saints are expected to hire Joe Woods as their new defensive coordinator. Let's get to know the Saints new defensive head honcho.
Woods, the 52-year-old coaching veteran of 26 years, has spent the last three seasons as defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. The Browns' defenses under Woods' watch was middle the pack statistically, but held their own in the pass-rush and secondary departments. It's why Woods was the Saints top choice for the job.
Woods specializes in the secondary, serving as a defensive backs coach at the NFL level with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings, then-Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos, and San Francisco 49ers. For those wondering, Woods won himself a Super Bowl ring in 2015, as defensive backs coach for the Denver Broncos' "No Fly Zone" secondary unit of their legendary defense. Woods also served as the Broncos' defensive coordinator in 2017-18 when the staff changed over.
Woods has a pretty impressive resume, especially as the secondary coach for the 2015 Broncos, arguably the best part of that defense. Granted, that was eight years ago, but luckily the Saints have talent on their defense, veteran and young, for a coach like Woods to step in and thrive.
At the end of the day, we still have a long way to go. We don't even know what the starting lineup for the 2023 (and beyond) New Orleans Saints will look like defensively. Still, the team got their main target, and it's someone that both the team, and their fans, should be proud of. The future is certainly looking up, especially considering the present isn't even looking that far down.