The Saints are making several changes to their coaching staff.
The team is adding Dan Campbell, Joe Lombardi and Aaron Glenn to the staff, as first reported by ESPN, which will plug a couple vacancies and bolster the team in other areas.
Campbell, who finished the season as the Miami Dolphins’ interim head coach, received interest from several other teams, but felt he received the best offer from the Saints. After interviewing with New Orleans on Tuesday, he will become the Saints’ tight ends and assistant head coach.
Dan Roushar is currently the tight ends coach and Joe Vitt, who also coaches linebackers, is currently listed as the assistant head coach. It is not yet known how the hirings will impact their positions.
Lombardi, who previously served as the offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions before being let go in October, will return to New Orleans as the quarterbacks coach. The position opened when Mike Neu left to become the head coach at Ball State.
Aaron Glenn will serve as the secondary coach. He previously served in the same role on Mike Pettine’s staff in Cleveland. Pettine was relieved of his duties earlier this month.
The opening Glenn will fill was created when Wesley McGriff left to become co-defensive coordinator at Auburn following the conclusion of the season.
All three coaches have previous ties to Sean Payton, particularly Campbell, a former NFL tight end, who played under the Saints coach in three different cities.
Campbell played for the New York Giants when Payton served on the coaching staff from 1999-2002. The pair then landed in Dallas in 2003 and remained there through 2005.
Campbell then signed with the Saints in 2009 but was placed on injured reserve prior to the start of the season.
Prior to becoming Miami’s interim head coach, he served as the Dolphins’ tight ends coach from 2011-2015.
Lombardi got his start in the NFL in Atlanta during the 2006 season, but left to become an offensive assistant in New Orleans in 2007. He eventually took over as the quarterbacks coach and served in that role until his departure.
With Lombardi at the helm, Detroit finished 19th in total offense in 2014. The Lions ranked 26th in offense at the time of hisfiring.
Glenn was an NFL quarterback for 15 seasons and ended his career with the Saints in 2008. He also played for the New York Jets (1994-2001), Houston Texans (2002-2004), Dallas Cowboys (2005-2006) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2007).
Glenn made the Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams in 1997, 1998 and 2002.
In New York, Glenn played under Payton’s mentor, Bill Parcells, from 1997-98, and crossed paths with Payton in Dallas for one season. Parcells was the head coach in Dallas both seasons Glenn was there.