Defensive coaching responsibilities will be split among the remaining coaches after assistant head coach and defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen and defensive assistant Brian Young were the latest to test positive, the club announced Saturday.
Six coaches tested positive on Tuesday after the Saints’ Week 1 “hogar” juego contra el Empacadores de Green Bay. Receivers coach Curtis Johnson, tight ends coach Dan Roushar, running backs coach Joel Thomas, offensive analyst Jim Chaney, offensive assistant Declan Doyle and special teams assistant Phil Galiano will all be absent on Sunday.
Wideout Michael Thomas, who was already on the PUP list, had also been placed on the COVID-19 list.
Head coach Sean Payton said all the coaches who tested positive were vaccinated. Mientras tanto, he’s taken a more hands-on approach with the team and the players are embracing it.
“Pudimos experimentar uno de los mejores entrenadores en jefe de mente ofensiva en el juego uno a uno como una reunión de personal dirigiendo el equipo.,” quarterback Jameis Winston told reporters on Wednesday. “I’ve never been in that room of watching tape with Sean, of going through situations with Sean and voicing how he would like something done.”
“He’s running around. He’s coaching every position,” left tackle Terron Armstead said, vía ESPN. “He’s never one to use any situation as an excuse, and that type of approach rubs off on a team.”
The Saints have also been training in Texas after being displaced by Hurricane Ida. They will return to New Orleans for their second home game on Oct. 3.
The Associated Press contribuyó a este informe..