Monday, March 14, 2011
Saints make tweaks to coaching staff
By Pat Yasinskas
Lockout or not, the New Orleans Saints aren’t sitting still.
The team announced a few minor changes to its coaching staff Monday afternoon. Tony Oden will be the new secondary coach, replacing Dennis Allen, who left for a coordinator’s position in Denver. Oden previously had been the assistant secondary coach for the last five years.
Mike Mallory, who had been the assistant special teams coach, now will become the assistant secondary coach. John Bonamego has been hired as assistant special teams coach.
Bonamego previously was New Orleans’ special teams coordinator in 2006 and ’07 before spending the last three seasons as special teams coordinator with the Miami Dolphins.
There also have been reports former kicker John Carney could join the New Orleans coaching staff in some capacity. General manager Mickey Loomis told reporters at LSU’s pro day that Carney joining the staff could happen at some point later in the offseason.