Former New Orleans Saints secondary coach Aaron Glenn was a preferred staffer, with an enormous persona and competitiveness that always manifested itself into truckloads of trash speak throughout apply and drills.
With Glenn having moved on to Detroit as defensive coordinator for former Saints tight ends coach Dan Campbell, former Tremendous Bowl champion Kris Richard joined the workers this offseason. Richard was with Seattle as cornerbacks coach (2011), defensive backs coach (2012-14) and defensive coordinator (2015-17) when the Seahawks received Tremendous Bowl XLVIII in 2013, and superior to Tremendous Bowl XLIX in ’14.
“I believed Aaron Glenn did an awesome job with the secondary, and I am glad for him that he had a chance to maneuver on and name the protection,” Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen stated Wednesday. “I believe it was a well-deserved alternative for him, so I am excited for him and that chance.
“However I believe Kris Richard is a man that, clearly, I had a whole lot of respect for. I’ve admired his work. He was a part of that Legion of Growth (secondary in Seattle) and getting that arrange. After which, the 2 years there in Dallas (in 2018-19), we had a few defensive battles by way of these video games. Each had been actually low-scoring video games and having a chance to look at them go to work.
“He is extremely aggressive. He is extraordinarily clever. He brings a pedigree with him – a championship pedigree with him – that offers him prompt credibility inside that room. Simply being round him for the previous few months, after which actually the final couple of weeks with the vast majority of our gamers, it is actually been enjoyable for me to be round him. And look, we sort of come slightly bit from completely different backgrounds by way of scheme and so, I am studying from him, hopefully there are some issues that possibly he may be choosing up from me. I believe it may be addition to our teaching workers.”
ON THE MOVE: Second-year receiver Marquez Callaway made a big influence as an undrafted rookie in 2020, with 21 catches for 213 yards, 11 punt returns for 122 yards, 4 kickoff returns for 94 and two fumble recoveries on particular groups. The factor he observed most in regards to the season?
“It goes by quick,” Callaway stated. “And all people is loads greater and stronger than in school, I realized that fast. Aside from that, it goes by quick. You have to hurry up and study, the playbook goes by quick. You have to bounce on board, or the ship’s gonna depart with out you.”
He stated the sport slowed down as his enjoying time elevated.
“That is when the olders guys sort of took me beneath (their wings) – much more beneath than what had been already doing,” he stated. “I do know (working again) Alvin (Kamara) was an enormous a part of that. He used to inform me, each sport, proper earlier than we might go on the market, simply be myself, go on the market and make a play. He’d inform me that each sport – make a play. Go make a play. So that is what I do, go on the market, if I make a play with the ball or with out the ball, simply doing one thing to alter the course of the sport.”
THE CAM PLAN: Three-time All-Professional defensive finish Cam Jordan stated an space for which he is searching for enchancment is forcing turnovers, maybe particularly whereas the offense settles in with a brand new beginning quarterback.
“Extra compelled fumbles,” stated Jordan, who has 11 compelled fumbles in his profession. “It is time to create these turnovers. With extra turnovers, it offers our offense a greater likelihood to place extra factors on the board. It looks as if this minicamp there’s going to be an emphasis on getting this ball again.
“I really feel like our protection has made strides the previous few years – we have got leaders on each place. When it comes right down to it, I believe our protection goes to need to be a energy this yr, extra so than it has been in earlier years.”
CHANGE IS THE CONSTANT: The Saints misplaced a number of substantial contributors defensively this offseason. However, Allen stated, that typically is just a part of the enterprise.
“Yearly is completely different, and there is at all times going to be a certain quantity of change,” he stated. “Definitely, the standard of participant that we misplaced was important by way of, you take a look at the linebacker place and Kwon (Alexander) and Alex (Anzalone), and then you definately take a look at the defensive deal with place and you have Sheldon (Rankins) and Malcom (Brown), after which clearly Jackrabbit (Jenkins) over on the left nook. So, yeah, there is definitely been some important, key contributors to our success defensively that we have misplaced.
“However but, that’s the nature of this sport. I believe we have achieved an awesome job of drafting right here in the previous few years and there is going to be some younger guys which are going to need to step up and tackle important roles. We’re enthusiastic about this subsequent step and the following chapter in what we’re attempting to perform right here, and perceive that there are challenges that go together with it. But in addition enthusiastic about getting the prospect to see a few of these younger guys develop.”