While the New Orleans Saints continue to complete their coaching staff, the latest position was filled by Dan Roushar. The former Michigan State offensive coordinator has been hired as the Saints running back coach.
This move reunites Roushar with Saints head coach Sean Payton, who coached together at Illinois back in 1996. The familiarity likely helped Roushar land the job over at least two other candidates who were vying for the position.
The vacancy was created when former running backs Brett Ingalls was re-assigned to take over the open offensive line coach position, which was previously filled by Aaron Kromer. When Kromer departed for the Chicago Bears’ offensive coordinator job this off-season, the series of swaps went into motion.
“I’ve had an opportunity to work for Mark D’Antonio – in my opinion, the best college football coach in America,” Roushar said in a statement. “Now, I have an opportunity to work for arguably the best coach in the NFL, Sean Payton. Professionally, this is an opportunity I simply couldn’t pass up.”
In 2012, Roushar helped Spartans running back Le’Veon Bell assert himself as one of the most dominant ball-carriers in college football. Bell amassed 1,793 yards on the season, the second-highest single-season total ever by an MSU back. He’ll look to bring his running back prowess to the Saints, who are in desperate need of a boost from their ground game.
D’Antonio gave Roushar a glowing review as his former offensive coordinator heads for the NFL.
“Dan Roushar has been a loyal and dedicated assistant for the last eight years, including the past six seasons at MSU,” D’Antonio said. “He’s a great teacher and a tireless recruiter. Dan certainly played a critical role in helping build a solid foundation here. We’re grateful for the effort and energy he’s invested in our program.”
The addition of Roushar should provide a significant boost for the New Orleans running game. With a new positional coach in the mix, the Saints are hoping to get the most out of their talented group of runners.
Maybe Mark Ingram can even start to live up to his billing as a first-round talent…