Defensive Line Coach is the First to Go

According to the Times-Picayune, defensive line coach Ed Orgeron is leaving the New Orleans Saints to coach with the Tennessee Volunteers. Orgeron will be working with Lane Kiffin, former coach of the Oakland Raiders, who Orgeron had worked with while at USC, and Monte Kiffin, former defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The article describes Orgeron’s departure as a relief for Coach Sean Payton with Orgeron spending more time looking for another coaching job than being concerned about their upcoming opponents. Although there is no press release on the New Orleans Saints official website, Orgeron’s name has already been removed from the list of coaches.

The article speculates that Payton is interested in replacing Orgeron with former Denver Broncos defensive line coach Bill Johnson. Johnson has spent the last two seasons with Denver. Previously, he had coached for six years with the Atlanta Falcons.

Orgeron began coaching in the NFL last season after being fired from Ole Miss and he had been influential in the decision to draft DT Sedrick Ellis, who he had worked with while an assistant coach at USC.

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