Saints hire former Michigan State OC as new RB coach
Bret Ingalls was the New Orleans Saints running backs coach for last four season, before being moved to the offensive line, vacating his former position for incumbent Dan Roushar.
After interviewing with the New Orleans Saints two days earlier, Dan Roushar beat out two other candidates for the running backs coaching job. It will be Dan Roushar’s second stint as running backs coach in his entire 27-year coaching experience, after serving at the same position at Illinois from 2003-2004. Dan Roushar will be reunited in New Orleans with Saints head coach Sean Payton, with whom he worked during his first stint at Illinois in 1996.
“The New Orleans Saints and Michigan State are built on similar models, with a focus on character and people,” Dan Roushar said in a prepared statement released by the Michigan State University. “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 (Michigan State head coach) – 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.”
The 44-year-old Dan Roushar spent the first four seasons as Michigan State offensive line coach (2007-2010) , before being promoted to the Spartans’ offensive coordinator by Mark Dantonio in 2011. However, Dan Roushar drew heavy criticism from the Spartan fans after Michigan State finished 95th nationally in total offense and 108th in scoring last season.
It will be interesting to see whether Michigan State looks externally for a hire or opt to promote someone from the coaching staff to take helm of the offense next season. Nonetheless, Dan Roushar added that he expects Michigan to have a “tremendous year in 2013.”
“Dan Roushar has been a loyal and dedicated assistant for the last eight years, including the past six seasons at Michigan State. He’s a great teacher and a tireless recruiter,” said Mark Dantonio in a prepared statement. “Dan certainly played a critical role in helping build a solid foundation here at Michigan State. We’re grateful for the effort and energy he’s invested in our program.”
In New Orleans, Dan Roushar will have an opportunity to work with a deep group of running backs comprising of – Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram and Chris Ivory – who despite all failed to reach their true potential, while relying mostly on quarterback Drew Bree’s accuracy. With a potential revitalization of the running back corps in place, Dan Roushar could help get together a versatile group of runners so that the New Orleans Saints can land back in Super Bowl contention.