Last year it was the players, this year it’s the coaching staff.
The New Orleans Saints have added a total of 5 new coaches to the staff for the upcoming 2016 NFL Season. And Dennis Allen, it appears, will be the new Defensive Coordinator. Last year the Saints ranked 32nd in the league in Points Given Up and 31st in Yards Given Up.
The new coaches are as follows:
Dan Campbell….. Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends
Ronald Curry…. Offensive Assistant
Peter Giunta…. Senior Defensive Assistant
Aaron Glenn…. Secondary Coach
Joe Lombardi….. Quarterbacks Coach.
One of the things that stands out in my mind about these staff changes are the experience that this brings to the Saints organization. Dan Campbell is formerly of the Miami Dolphins were he took over as an interim head coach for the final 12 games of the 2015 season. He finished with a 5-7 record. It’s agreed by many that he was a major component that helped improve the offense greatly while he was there. Campbell had an 11 year NFL career as a Tight End after being picked by the Giants in the 1999 draft.
Peter Giunta has been with 3 different Super Bowl winning clubs in his 34-year coaching career, the latest being the New York Giants. Quarterback coach Joe Lombardi returns to the Saints from the Detroit Lions. Lombardi was with the Saints as either Quarterbacks coach or offensive assistant from 2006-2012. During those years the New Orleans Saints had one of the most productive offenses in NFL history ranking number 1 in total offense 4 of those seasons while quarterback Drew Brees passed for over 5000 yards twice. Brees also threw 244 touchdowns during those 7 years leading the NFL 4 of those seasons.
WWL has posted a very in depth article detailing the the changes and a little bit about these coaches joining New Orleans as well as a run down of the present coaching staff.