The New Orleans Saints have hired on a new secondary coach in Ken Flajole.
James Varney of The Times-Picayune announced that the Saints brought in Flajole on Thursday. No official announcement has been made from the Saints, but Flajole is expected to start work immediately.
This hire by the Saints makes a ton of sense. New Orleans hired Steve Spagnuolo last month to take over as defensive coordinator and Flajole held that position in St. Louis when Spagnuolo was the head coach of the Rams. Flajole spent three seasons as the defensive coordinator in St. Louis.
Most coaches have certain people that they like to bring along with them. This is natural in most sports because coaches understand they can trust a coach whom they have worked with before. Flajole falls in that category for Spagnuolo.
Most of the time, coordinators are allowed to pick their positional coaches, but at they very least they have a ton of input when it comes to selecting those guys. There is no doubt Spagnuolo must have put in a good word for the Saints to bring in Flajole.
Overall, it is a pretty good hire for the Saints organization.
It is a bit troubling that during three years in St. Louis, Flajole never had the Rams' defense ranked higher than 19th in the NFL. Granted, the Rams did not have a ton of defensive talent and Flajole will just be working with the secondary in New Orleans. The Saints have a large amount of talent in their secondary, so there is no reason that Flajole cannot succeed with that unit.
Before holding the coordinator spot in St. Louis, Flajole held various other jobs with NFL teams. He coached the Carolina Panthers' linebackers from 2003-2008 and the Seattle Seahawks' linebackers in 2000. Flajole was also the secondary coach for the Seahawks in 1999 and 2001-2002.
Flajole also coached with the Green Bay Packers and a couple different schools in the college ranks.
Despite what he was able to do (or unable to do) in St. Louis, his track record his good. The Seahawks had some pretty good defenses in the early 2000s, as well as the Panthers, and Flajole had a big hand in that.
I am confident in his abilities and excited to see what he can do in New Orleans. If Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton have enough faith in Flajole to bring him in, we should not second-guess his talents.