The New Orleans Saints names Michael Hodges as linebackers coaches
The Saints are making preparations early to have a strong 2020-21 season
A new name will be now leading the linebackers’ team for the New Orleans Saints. Head Coach Sean Payton just announced that Michael Hodges had been promoted from assistant linebackers’ coach to linebackers’ coach. He has been immersed in the coaching field for the last eight years and he also has experience as a linebacker at Texas A&M from 2008-11. He has been part of the Saints coaching team since 2017 and, now that Mike Nolan was hired by the Dallas Cowboys as defensive coordinator, he will assume Nolan’s position.
From 2017 to 2018, Hodges functioned as a defensive assistant and, in 2019, he was moved to be the assistant linebackers’ coach during this time he was assisting Nolan. Hodges’ work has been noticed in the past three seasons and the improvement of Saints defense can be attributed, on some level, to the work done with the linebackers. Saints’ defense ended up ranked in the top five in the NFL for opponent rushing yards per game, for the past two seasons.
Hodges has previous experience with linebackers and during three seasons (2014-16), he coached the linebackers for Eastern Illinois. This San Antonio, Texas native also served as co-defensive coordinator for the team coaching safeties during his final season in Charleston. He started his career back in 2012 when he coached the inside linebackers at Fresno State. As a player, he also gained some recognitions and during his college career at Texas A&M, Hodges earned second-team All-Big 12 honors as a senior in 2011. He led the Aggies in tackles as well as getting an honorable mention as a junior right after his career began.