Former New Orleans Saints player returns to be new offensive line coach
By Bob Garcia
Zach Strief returns to his old haunting grounds as the newest addition to the Saints’ staff
Zach Strief, a New Orleans Saints’ legend, announced last week that he has decided to leave WWL (WWL-870 AM/105.3 FM), where he was a regular Saints announcer, in order to become the assistant offensive line coach for the Saints. The team’s play-by-play announcer for the past three seasons will now be mentored by the New Orleans’ offensive line coach since 2016, Dan Roushar. In the last season, the Black and Gold finished as the sixth-best offensive in the NFL, after leading the league in rushing touchdowns (30) and averaged 141.6 yards-per-game on the ground.
After having a 12-year playing career with the Saints as an offensive tackle, Strief decided to join WWL Radio. He was in charge of replacing local broadcasting icon Jim Henderson, who retired three years ago. Strief collaborated with Saints’ all-time leading rusher Deuce McAllister to bring fans a dynamic perspective to Saints games and shows on the flagship station. He also became one of a few former players capable of learning the required skills to be a play-by-play announcer and held different hosting duties throughout the WWL talk radio platform.
Strief said last Friday, “Fortunately, I won’t be far away. My love for the game of football and my connections with the Saints simply called me to this job. I played for Coach (Sean) Payton for 12 years and worked for Mr. and Mrs. Benson and Mickey (Loomis). I have learned so much from all of them and want to continue to grow as a professional. The opportunity to help the Saints bring another World Championship is just too great for me to pass up. It’s time for me to go home.”
All the formal announcements regarding coaching moves are expected to be shared by the team at a later date.