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Saints hire Michigan State’s offensive coordinator as RB coach

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Michigan State’s offensive coordinator has left East Lansing for New Orleans.

The Saints have announced that Dan Roushar, formerly offensive coordinator at Michigan State, has been hired as running backs coach in New Orleans.

“The New Orleans Saints and Michigan State are built on similar models, with a focus on character and people,” Roushar said in a statement, via our friends at CFT. “New Orleans has won a Super Bowl, and over the last five years, the Saints have been one of the winningest organizations in the NFL. I’ve had an opportunity to work for Mark Dantonio – in my opinion, the best college football coach in America – for the last eight years, including the last six seasons at Michigan State. Now, I have an opportunity to work for arguably the best coach in the NFL, in Sean Payton. Professionally, this is an opportunity I simply couldn’t pass up. Now as a running backs coach, I have the chance to learn the interworking of the NFL.”

In New Orleans, Roushar will work with perhaps the deepest group of running backs in the league, with Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram and Chris Ivory.

The Saints have also announced that Bret Ingalls has been moved from running backs coach to offensive line coach.

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12 Responses to “Saints hire Michigan State’s offensive coordinator as RB coach”
  1. megatronn81 says: Feb 16, 2013 7:37 PM

    We’re partying here in East Lansing. Don’t let the door hit ya in the ass on the way out Roushar!

  2. hallcyon says: Feb 16, 2013 7:43 PM

    Finally. Now the Saints need to complete their 3-4 defensive staff, as several position coaching jobs are open (Outside Linebackers, Defensive Backs & Asst. Defensive line).

  3. dino2997 says: Feb 16, 2013 7:48 PM

    Mark Dantonio the best college football coach in America?!? Did he really say that?

  4. harrisbarton says: Feb 16, 2013 8:11 PM

    “The New Orleans Saints and Michigan State are built on similar models, with a focus on character and people.”

    Also with the focus of deliberately maiming and injuring one’s fellow NFLPA members.

  5. tigers182 says: Feb 16, 2013 8:16 PM

    Worst OC ever.

  6. newagerocker says: Feb 16, 2013 8:16 PM

    At first glance I thought the headline read “Saints hire Magician…”

  7. metrocritical says: Feb 16, 2013 9:38 PM

    No offense, but Sparty nation will not be shedding tears tonight. In part because, last year, there was no offense.

  8. vtopa says: Feb 16, 2013 9:38 PM

    He was a lousy OC but is a terrific mind when it comes to running backs. This guy will get the Saints about 2,700 yards rushing this season with about 1,300 of them going to Mark Ingram. Good hire.

  9. therealraider says: Feb 16, 2013 11:22 PM

    I suppose they had to hire somebody .. wait . No they didnt.

  10. randallflagg52 says: Feb 17, 2013 4:56 AM

    The Saints may have the deepest corp of running backs (least drop off in talent between starters/backups) but it is also one of the most mediocre groups of backs. It’s a logjam of backups, much like the Cardinals with their QB situation.

    I’d still say the Ravens corps of Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce is the best in the league.

  11. gator2006 says: Feb 17, 2013 11:29 AM

    Nah- Peterson, [Harvin], Gerhart.

  12. billsfan1 says: Feb 17, 2013 11:42 AM

    if you have 4 running backs, you really only have one….

    not sure id rank them higher than spiller n jackson, AP and whomever Minnesota throws in…

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