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This is cool: the New Orleans Saints announced two coaching interns will be joining Dennis Allen’s staff for training camp, and they’re awful familiar. One of them is former Saints right guard Jahri Evans — a six-time Pro Bowler who earned four consecutive nods to the All-Pro first team with New Orleans. The other coaching intern is Ty Warren, a 10-year NFL veteran who won two Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots, and who recently coached defensive line for the USFL’s Houston Gamblers.
Evans specifically is a welcome addition to Saints camp. Who is better suited to help Cesar Ruiz get right than the guy who built a Hall of Fame resume playing the exact same position?
Sure, bringing in Evans won’t magically fix Ruiz’s flaws. His main focus in these practices will be watching and learning himself. But he’ll still be a positive influence on the third-year pro, noting in the Saints’ post-practice media availability that Ruiz needs to get more aggressive with his hands off the snap. He’ll be a useful asset for offensive line coach Doug Marrone and his assistant Zach Strief (who, Evans laughed, is basically his new boss after they spent years holding down the right side of the line together).
It’s good to see the Saints still lending a hand to former players who are starting their coaching careers. Longtime left tackle Jermon Bushrod and former Saints cornerback Sterling Moore were both on hand as interns last summer; Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell and defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn also each rose to prominence as position coaches in New Orleans after previously suiting up there as players. Maybe Evans and Warren are headed for similar success.