July 19, 2024

New Orleans Saints Face Big Decision With Offensive Line Coach Doug Marrone

Whoever the Saints hire as offensive coordinator faces a huge decision not just on how to fix the offensive line, but who will coach the group.
Meet the New Orleans Saints coaches: Doug Marrone

As the New Orleans Saints search for a new offensive coordinator continues, one big problem, among several, faces the new hire before they even accept the job. No, it’s not at quarterback. Granted, Derek Carr certainly didn’t play consistently well in his first year with the team. However, Carr played noticeably better down the stretch and showed a much better grasp of the system.

A much bigger issue the new Saints coordinator will face is fixing the offensive line, one of the worst in the league last year. Moreover, the new coach must make a decision on whether to retain offensive line coach Doug Marrone.

The Saints have moved on from longtime offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, as well as WR coach Kodi Burns and senior offensive assistant Bob Bicknell. Running Back coach Joel Thomas also left the team to accept the same position with the New York Giants. Two notable names that have been retained, at least so far, are Marrone and QB coach Ronald Curry.

Marrone, 59, just finished his second season in his second stint with the Saints. He was the offensive coordinator for Sean Payton’s first staff in New Orleans back in 2006, serving three years in that role. Over those three seasons, the Saints twice ranked first in both total offensive yardage and passing production while finishing with a top-5 scoring offense twice.

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