Saints show heavy interest in CJ Stroud's quarterback coach for offensive coordinator

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The New Orleans Saints have a vacant seat in the coaches room, and have zeroed in on a sought after candidate to fill it that could really help the Saints.

While the New Orleans Saints decision to retain head coach Dennis Allen was met with some groans from Saints fans, the same can't exactly be said for the franchise's decision to relieve offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael of his duties.

Carmichael's performance as offensive coordinator was something of a lightning rod issue amongst Saints fans, and with his departure, a position is open. The team isn't trying to waste too much time, and have a popular candidate in their sights.

It's no surprise that more than one assistant coaches on DeMeco Ryan's Houston Texans staff are on the fast track for head coaching jobs. Their turn around in just one year has been nothing short of remarkable, and the most noteworthy contributor of that was rookie quarterback CJ Stroud.

With Johnson serving as his quarterback coach working so closely with Stroud in his rookie season, one that will no doubt go down in history, it's safe to say he was instrumental in the young quarterback's success.

In the case of the Saints, they need to get all out of their quarterback play they can considering the talent they have on their roster and the state of the division. That didn't happen in 2023, but doesn't mean all hope is lost. A young, fresh face serving as offensive coordinator could be a solution to some of their woes. The key word there is "some" but that's a whole other can of worms.

If the New Orleans Saints do end up hiring Jerrod Johnson to be their new offensive coordinator, it could certainly be classified as a "splash" hire considering what he did in a short period of time during the 2023 season. We have a long way to go, but there's reason for excitement.