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Saints hire Henry Ellard to coach receivers

Lost in the drama recently engulfing the New Orleans Saints was the fact that the team had no yet hired a receivers coach.

During the 2011 season, former Saints receivers coach Curtis Johnson accepted a job as the head coach at Tulane.  Since then, a replacement had not been named.

On Wednesday, the Saints announced that former NFL receiver Henry Ellard has been hired.  He most recently served as receivers coach with the Jets.

“We conducted a thorough search to fill the wide receivers coaching position after Curtis Johnson accepted the head coaching position at Tulane,” coach Sean Payton said in a team-issued release.  “Henry Ellard is one of the greatest wide receivers in the history of the NFL and has gone onto a successful career as an assistant coach, first at his alma mater, then with the St. Louis Rams and most recently with the New York Jets.  He’s worked in a variety of different systems and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our coaching staff.  We’re excited to have him and know that he will be a teacher, a leader and an asset to the New Orleans Saints.”

Ellard’s first year with the Saints will be memorable, for a variety of reasons.  Apart from the penalties expected to be imposed this week on the Saints for using a three-year bounty program (which could result in a suspension of Payton to start the 2012 season), quarterback Drew Brees could choose to stay away from offseason workouts, training camp, and the preseason — and, ultimately, up to half of the regular season.

Then again, Ellard has plenty of experience with dysfunction.  He was the position coach for Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress in 2011.

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10 Responses to “Saints hire Henry Ellard to coach receivers”
  1. brenenostler says: Mar 14, 2012 6:44 PM

    Took them long enough to find someone

  2. athoula707 says: Mar 14, 2012 6:47 PM

    Teach him bounty rules.

  3. ascensionparish says: Mar 14, 2012 6:49 PM

    Despite repeated media reports, there’s little dysfunction at Saints headquarters. Winning is our business, and business is good.

  4. docboss says: Mar 14, 2012 6:51 PM

    While in STL he was the consumate professional and handled a bad situation with class.

  5. jackntorres says: Mar 14, 2012 6:59 PM

    Haters gon’ hate

  6. conewalker says: Mar 14, 2012 7:06 PM

    Henry Ellard was a sweet receiver back when receivers would get hit over the middle and held at the line of scrimmage (aka back when the NFL was for men and not over-policed by tiny-weiner Goodell).

    Ellard and the LA Rams 4 life.

  7. fusion3450 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:56 PM

    i’ve noticed that no matter what the article is about, as long as saints are involved, there always is going to be a douche to make some smart ass bounty remark. thats ok though. haters can hate my team all the way to another superbowl win

  8. rgee3 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:30 PM

    he knows a thing or two about route rubn

  9. ceh14 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:53 PM

    Fusion come and join reality your team is a mess, losing players, cant sign your QB and the punishment for CHEATING is coming saints wi ll not be winning in the near future.

  10. lilrob10201 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:09 PM


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