February 16, 2013

Saints Move Ingalls to O-Line Coach; Hire Roushar

Their runningbacks coach since 2009, Bret Ingalls will succeed Aaron Kromer as the Saints' offensive line coach in 2013.

Ingalls joined the Saints in 2009 as the runningbacks, then also replacing Aaron Kromer, who was himself promoted to offensive line coach in 2009.  Kromer took the offensive coordinator job this offseason in Chicago.

Arriving like many Saints coaches from Northwestern University in 2009, Ingalls was the running game coordinator and offensive line coach, arriving there in 2006 the year after Saints RT Zach Strief graduated from Northwestern.

Ingalls has helped the Saints platoon runningbacks over the past four seasons, helping the Saints rotate three and four-headed rotations at the position for one reason or another.  The Saints have had 13 different runningbacks gain at least 200 yards in the past four seasons.

Replacing Ingalls at runningbacks coach will be Dan Roushar, last year the offensive coordinator and tight ends coach for Michigan State University.  Like many hires by Sean Payton, Roushar has decades of collegiate coaching experience, having served as offensive coordinator at five different universities.

Roushar was a quarterback at Northern Illinois in the early 1980's and has been coaching in the college ranks since 1984, including a season at the Univeristy of Illinois where he coached alongside Sean Payton under Lou Tepper.  Roushar was the offensive coordinator the past two seasons for the Spartans, before that coaching the offensive line.

Roushar was the runningbacks coach and later offensive coordinator at Illinois when Saints RB Pierre Thomas played significant time as a freshman and sophomore.

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