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RockyMountainSaint 02-25-2013 08:10 PM

Saints Hire Wesley McGriff as Secondary Coach
 
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The New Orleans Saints have hired Wesley McGriff as the teamís secondary coach, Head Coach Sean Payton announced Monday.

McGriff comes to the Saints after serving as co-defensive coordinator/cornerbacks at the University of Mississippi in 2012.

McGriff, a 22-year coaching veteran in the college ranks, helped the Rebels improve from a 2-10 campaign in 2011 to a 7-6 record in 2012 including a 38-17 victory over Pittsburgh in the 2013 BBVA Compass Bowl and three more Southeastern Conference victories than the previous season.

Under McGriffís direction in the regular season, Mississippi finished second in the SEC and in the top 15 in the NCAA in tackles for a loss per game (7.7) and sacks per game (2.8). LB Denzel Nkemdiche was named to the Football Writers Association of America All-America Team. DT Isaac Gross earned SEC All-Freshman honor from league coaches and was named to the Freshman All-America first team by CollegeFootballNews.com.

The Tifton, Ga. native has a proven track record for developing defensive backs on the collegiate level including New York Giants S Kenny Phillips, Green Bay Packers DB Sam Shields, Houston Texans CB Brandon Harris and New York Jets DB Yeremiah Bell.

Prior to joining the Rebels, McGriff spent one year at Vanderbilt where he served as defensive backs coach/recruiting coordinator and helped the program to its fifth bowl appearance. His secondary produced 12 interceptions, three returns for touchdowns, and more than 20 pass breakups. He spent four years at the University of Miami coaching defensive backs before moving to the Commodores, where he tutored Harris, Phillips and Shields. The 2010 Hurricanes defensive unit finished ranked second in the nation in pass defense. He served as recruiting coordinator/defensive backs at Baylor from 2003-06 and enjoyed his first major college stint at the University of Kentucky from 2001-02.

As the secondary coach at Eastern Kentucky in 2000, McGriff tutored Bell, who was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 2003 in the sixth round. He also previously held the role of defensive coordinator at Kentucky State and at his alma mater, Savannah State.

McGriff played outside linebacker at Savannah State for three seasons and was named 1989 conference Male Academic Athlete of the Year. He received his bachelorís degree while graduating cum laude from Savannah State in 1900 and earned a masterís in public administration from Georgia Southern in 1993.

New Orleans Saints Hire Wesley McGriff as Secondary Coach

PLEASE COACH EM UP!!!!!!!

|Mitch| 02-25-2013 08:46 PM

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Seems like a good pick-up! Maybe he places a strong emphasis on fundamentals!

Seer1 02-25-2013 09:01 PM

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We shoulda got one of these defensive backfield thingy coaches last year!

RockyMountainSaint 02-25-2013 09:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Seer1 (Post 482003)
We shoulda got one of these defensive backfield thingy coaches last year!

^^^^^:itsgood:^^^^^

B_Dub_Saint 02-25-2013 09:17 PM

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Now all we need is some defensive backs to coach up and we are all set.

FinSaint 02-25-2013 09:22 PM

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He definitely seems to have the pedigree, so here's to hoping he and Andre Curtis can get the most out of the Saints' DBs.

CharityMike 02-25-2013 09:34 PM

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Originally Posted by RockyMountainSaint (Post 481996)
He received his bachelorís degree while graduating cum laude from Savannah State in 1900

Holy crap!! This dude must be a skeleton by now. :dunce:

saintsfan1976 02-25-2013 09:34 PM

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Only YOU can prevent plays of 20 yards or more.




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AllSaints 02-25-2013 09:46 PM

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^^^^^
LMAO

Rugby Saint II 02-25-2013 10:21 PM

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Oh boy! Someone who develops talent.............now there's a new twist. :cool:


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