February 5, 2006

Only Two Openings Left in Payton's First Coaching Staff

Saints head coach Sean Payton has only two positions left to fill on the coaching staff as of Tuesday, a day after adding four more assistant coaches. Following the trend, three come straight from NCAA Division I level programs and a fourth with collegiate experience making up a large part of this resume.

Terry Malone, the University of Michigan offensive coordinator for the past four years, will serve as the team's tight ends coach. Malone and Payton worked together at the University of Maryland in 1997 but was an offensive line coach for Boston College for ten years prior. Under Malone Michigan has been an NFL offensive lineman factory, turning out an impressive roster including Jon Jansen, Steve Hutchinson, Jeff Backus, Maurice Williams, and Jonathan Goodwin, and tight ends including Jerame Tuman, Bennie Joppru, and Aaron Shea.

Curtis Johnson, the wide receivers coach for the University of Miami, will join the Saints in the same position. Johnson is a New Orleans native who has been with the Hurricanes for ten years, churning out a similarly impressive list of receivers. Payton and Johnson worked together at San Diego State. Like many other assistants on the new staff, Johnson has zero NFL coaching experience, much less at the position he will perform in. Johnson's products include Andre Johnson, Santana Moss, Roscoe Parrish, Reggie Wayne, and five other drafted receivers.

Pete Carmichael Jr. is also getting a promotion with the Saints. Arriving from the Chargers, where Carmichael has been the assistant receivers/offensive quality control coach for the past four years. He will serve as the Saints' quarterbacks coach, a position he held at Louisiana Tech for five years. After leaving Louisiana Tech, Carmichael worked with the Browns, Redskins and Chargers as some form of offensive assistant before working under James Lofton last year in San Diego. His father, Pete Carmichael Sr., is the wide receivers coach for the Bulldogs.

Tom Hayes joins the Saints as a defensive backs coach, moving to the NFL from Stanford University where he was the defensive coordinator last season. Like most of the coaching staff he has extensive collegiate experience, but at 56 years old (57 in March) Hayes is the oldest member of the new staff, outlasting Joe Vitt by five years and Gary Gibbs by three. Hayes coached under Saints defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs at the University of Oklahoma in the early 90's before spending five years at the NFL level coaching defensive backs for the Washington Redskins. In that time Hayes coached Darrell Green, a young Champ Bailey and Chris Dishman. Hayes coached in the college ranks for 18 years before joining the Redskins. Under Hayes this past season Stanford's undermanned and often overpowered defense was 105th in the country.

courtesy of neworleanssaints.com

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton has added four assistants to his staff, it was announced today by the club, including quarterbacks coach Pete Carmichael Jr., defensive backs coach Tom Hayes, wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson and tight ends coach Terry Malone.

"We've worked hard to fill our coaching staff with assistants who know the game and have excelled at educating players on doing the little things that make a difference," said Payton. "All fit the mold of what I've been looking for since the start of this process: Experienced professionals with a history of success; are demanding and know the methods of getting the most out of their group of players because they approach the game as teachers first."

Quarterbacks Coach Pete Carmichael, Jr. spent the last four seasons with the San Diego Chargers as assistant wide receivers/quality control coach. Carmichael joined the Chargers after working in 2001 in a similar capacity with the Washington Redskins. In 2000, he was the tight ends coach/offensive assistant with the Cleveland Browns. Carmichael has previous ties to Louisiana, having served as the quarterbacks coach at Louisiana Tech from 1995-99, with his passers breaking almost every school record while he was with the Bulldogs.

Defensive Backs Coach Tom Hayes was the defensive coordinator/secondary coach at Stanford last season. Hayes has over 30 years of coaching experience, including stints as defensive coordinator for UCLA, Oklahoma and Kansas. He also coached the secondary for the Washington Redskins for six years (1995-2000), working with standouts such as Darrell Green, Cris Dishman and Champ Bailey. During his career, Hayes has tutored 26 defensive backs who made NFL rosters, including five selected in the first round. In 2001 at Kansas, he served as defensive coordinator before becoming the interim head coach for the final three games. In the 15 years before he joined the Redskins, Hayes coached for three of the nation's top college programs, including as defensive coordinator for Oklahoma from 1991-94, working underneath former Sooners Head Coach and recently-hired Saints defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs. He was also assistant head coach/secondary coach at Texas A&M from 1989-1990 and was at UCLA from 1980-88.

Wide Receivers Coach Curtis Johnson has forged a reputation as one of the finest wide receivers coaches in college football over the last 10 years at the University of Miami. While with the Hurricanes, Johnson worked with wide receivers Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne and Santana Moss, all now thriving in the NFL, and developed the skills of at least one all-conference player every season. A New Orleans native, Johnson has been a coach on the college level since 1987, including a five-year stint (1989-93) at San Diego State (1989-93). Johnson also held similar positions with Southern Methodist (1994) and the University of California (1995).

Tight Ends Coach Terry Malone arrives in New Orleans after serving as the offensive coordinator/tight ends coach at the University of Michigan for the last four years. It was part of a nine-year stint with the Wolverines, including coaching the offensive line from 1997-2001. In his first season at Michigan, the school won the national championship. In 2003-04, Malone's offensive unit finished second in the Big Ten. Malone was offensive line coach at Boston College in 1996 and served as offensive line coach, tight ends coach and offensive coordinator during his stretch at Bowling Green from 1986-95. He opened his coaching career tutoring the tight ends at Holy Cross in 1985.

The four new coaches join assistant defensive line coach Dennis Allen, assistant strength and conditioning coach Adam Bailey, special teams coordinator John Bonamego, head strength and conditioning coach Dan Dalrymple, defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs, offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Doug Marrone, offensive assistant/passing game coach John Morton and assistant head coach/linebackers Joe Vitt on Payton's staff.

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