Lions defensive coordinator Glenn talks to Saints
Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said the club remained “in the middle” of their coaching search after interviewing three candidates – including former Miami coach Brian Flores – whom Loomis described as “all very impressive in themselves”.
Loomis also said Flores informed the Saints of his NFL discrimination lawsuit after speaking with the club on Tuesday about the coaching job created last week when Sean Payton retired after 16 years in New Orleans.
“He was very impressive and we had a great interview,” Loomis, who was in Mobile, Alabama, for the Senior Bowl, said of Flores. “It went well.”
Loomis was less open about the particular attributes he liked about Flores.
“Just a lot of things. I don’t want to go into details,” he said.
Flores, who was an assistant on four New England championship teams, was fired after coaching Miami to a 9-8 record last season, his second in a row with a winning record.
The Saints also interviewed former Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson, who coached the 2017 Eagles to a Super Bowl championship, and Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn, who coached the Saints defensive backs for five seasons before leaving to join Dan Campbell, one of the best Saints. assistant before his hiring as head coach of the Lions.
Campbell, who is in Mobile this week coaching in the Senior Bowl, spoke enthusiastically about Glenn’s credentials.
“I love AG. I don’t want to lose AG. That’s how much I think of him and what he brought to us and the life he gave to our defense,” Campbell said. “The guy is going to be a home run as a head coach. He’s passionate. He’s smart. He’s got a good sense of people.
“And then it’s organized,” Campbell continued. “He is thorough. He’s a kind of chess player.
Loomis said the Saints have also scheduled talks with two of their own coordinators: Dennis Allen, who has overseen the Saints’ defense since the end of the 2015 season, and Darren Rizzi, who leads New York’s special teams units. -Orleans since 2019.
Loomis, who pointed out Allen’s credentials last week, did so again on Wednesday.
“First of all, he’s a great coach and he’s been in our building for a long time,” Loomis said, adding that Allen helped foster the “culture” of the club during Payton’s time and was ” much of the success we’ve had over the years.
Loomis also noted that Allen already has head coaching experience. It didn’t go well, however. He won eight games in his first two seasons with the Oakland Raiders in 2012 and 2013 and was fired in 2014 after an 0-4 start.
As for the hiring schedule, Loomis said the Saints intend to be more deliberate than hasty.
“You always want to do it as quickly as possible, but getting it right is much more important than being quick. So we’re going to take our time,” Loomis said. “We’re just going to go through the process and however long it takes, that’s what we’ll take.”
However, Loomis also said a coach would be hired and a staff set up before the club determined their quarterback of the future.
Jameis Winston, who went 5-2 with New Orleans last fall before a serious knee injury ended his season, was on a one-year contract. Taysom Hill is under contract until 2025, but has spent most of his career as a utility player with limited experience as a starting QB.
Loomis said choosing the next QB will be “a collaborative decision” with the next coach.
“We have internal candidates and guys who have been with us and there may be other candidates,” Loomis said, hinting at the possibility of acquiring a QB through the draft, a trade or free agency. “We will find a collective preference.”
AP Sports Writer John Zenor in Mobile, Alabama, contributed.