STAFF - Coaching Dennis Allen – Defensive Coordinator Back in New Orleans after four years away, 2017 marks Dennis Allen’s second full season as the team’s defensive coordinator and his eighth campaign with the club. In 2016, Allen molded a young defensive unit into a run-stopping force, surrendering only 90.6 rushing yards per game to rank sixth in the NFL over the final 13 games of the season. With Allen’s guidance, DE Cameron Jordan led the team with 7.5 sacks. LB Craig Robertson was on the field for nearly every defensive snap and exploded for a team-high and career-high 131 tackles, one sack, one interception, five passes defensed and two fumble recoveries. Missing the first seven games of his rookie season due to a leg injury, 2016 first-round draft pick DT Sheldon Rankins still posted
26 tackles (17 solo), four sacks and one forced fumble over nine games played. In the secondary, the safety trio of Vonn Bell, Jairus Byrd and Kenny Vaccaro combined for 274 tackles, two sacks, four interceptions, 13 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. A native of Hurst, Texas, Allen earned four letters for Texas A&M as a safety from 1992-95 and started the final 21 games of his career. PLAYING CAREER: Texas A&M, 1992-95. COACHING CAREER: Texas A&M, 1996-1999; Tulsa, 2000-01; Atlanta Falcons, 2002-05; New Orleans Saints, 2006-10, Denver Broncos, 2011, Oakland Raiders (Head Coach), 2012-14, New Orleans Saints 2015-.
Bradford Banta – Special Teams Coordinator Bradford Banta becomes the New Orleans Saints’ special teams coordinator in 2017, his 10th season as an NFL assistant after an 11-year career in the league as a tight end/long snapper. In 2016, Banta was the assistant special teams coach for the Washington Redskins. That season, Washington ranked fourth in the NFL in punt return average, while K Dustin Hopkins ranked third among kickers in scoring. A fourth-round pick (106th overall) by the Colts in 1994 out of Southern California, the Baton Rouge native and former University High School standout spent six
seasons in Indianapolis and established himself as one of the league’s best long snappers. He joined the New York Jets for the 2000 campaign, before playing three seasons with the Lions from 2001-03. He finished his 11-year playing career with Buffalo in 2004. PLAYING CAREER: Southern California, 1989-93; Indianapolis Colts, 1994-99; New York Jets, 2000; Detroit Lions, 2001-03; Buffalo Bills, 2004. COACHING CAREER: Tennessee-Chattanooga, 2007; Detroit Lions, 2008-13; Washington Redskins, 2014-16; New Orleans Saints, 2017-.
Joseph Brady – Offensive Assistant Joseph Brady, a four-year coaching veteran, joins the New Orleans Saints in 2017 and will assist the team’s offensive staff in all aspects of game preparation. Brady comes to New Orleans after serving as a graduate assistant at Penn State from 2015-16. He previously served as a defensive assistant at William & Mary, his alma mater, from 2013-14, where he worked with the linebackers.
Brady was a wide receiver for the Tribe from 200912, after transferring from the Air Force Academy, garnering academic All-Conference distinction in 2011 and 2012. PLAYING CAREER: William & Mary, 2009-12 COACHING CAREER: William & Mary, 2013-14; Penn State, 2015-16; New Orleans Saints, 2017-.
Charles Byrd – Assistant Strength & Conditioning After serving as an assistant his first two seasons, Charles Byrd was promoted to assistant strength and conditioning coach in 2010. His responsibilities consist of assisting Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Dan Dalrymple in implementing the team’s year-round program. Byrd is in his 12th season as a coach and 10th in the NFL after stints on the offseason and training camp rosters of the Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins and New York Giants from 2005-06 as a defensive back, while also playing for the Arena Football League’s Las Vegas
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Gladiators in 2006. He started as a strength and conditioning intern at Miami University (Ohio) in 2006, becoming a graduate assistant in his final year with the Redhawks before coming to New Orleans. Byrd graduated from Morehead State University with a bachelor’s degree in university studies, where he played in the secondary and as a kickoff returner from 2001-04. PLAYING CAREER: Morehead State, 2001-04; Las Vegas Gladiators (Arena Football League), 2006 COACHING CAREER: Miami (Ohio), 200607; New Orleans Saints, 2008-.