The Saints continue to shake up their coaching staff.
The moves continued Friday when New Orleans released Bret Ingalls and said goodbye to offensive assistant Kyle Devan, who will join Mike Neu’s staff at Ball State, a source told The Advocate.
The source also indicated Dan Roushar, who previously coached the tight ends, will slide over to coach the offensive line. Former Miami Dolphins interim coach Dan Campbell, who was hired by New Orleans earlier in the week, will coach the tight ends.
The New Orleans offensive line allowed 124 hurries, 37 hits and 32 sacks last season, according to Pro Football Focus — numbers that weren’t terribly out of line with how the offensive linemen performed since Ingalls took over as the offensive line coach in 2013. Over that span, the Saints have allowed an average of 139 hurries, 38 hits and 33 sacks per season.
However, over the last three seasons the offensive line has allowed an average of 33 sacks per season. Drew Brees was never sacked more than 26 times during the previous seven seasons.
The rushing offense also averaged 3.8 yards per carry in 2015 after finishing with 4.5 yards per carry in 2014.
Roushar brings some experience to the position. He joined the Saints in 2013 as a running backs coach and moved over to the tight ends this season. Before he came to New Orleans, Roushar spent nearly three decades in the college ranks, often as an offensive line coach.
He last coached in college at Michigan State, where he served as the offensive line coach and then moved up to serve as offensive coordinator.
Roushar’s move comes after New Orleans hired Campbell, who was an NFL tight end and coached the position in Miami before being named interim head coach early last season after Joe Philbin was fired.
Campbell will also serve as assistant head coach, a title was previously held by Joe Vitt. It is currently unknown how the change impacts his role with the team.
This continues a flurry of coaching moves that have happened in recent days.
Neu, who previously served as quarterbacks coach, left to become the head coach at Ball State. He will be replaced by Joe Lombardi, who returns to New Orleans after being let go as the Detroit Lions offensive coordinator.
Secondary coach Wesley McGriff left to take a job at Auburn and will be replaced by former NFL player and Cleveland Browns secondary coach Aaron Glenn.