NFL: Report: Saints to interview Joe Woods for DC

The New Orleans Saints are interviewing Joe Woods for their defensive coordinator opening, NFL Network reported Thursday.

The Saints lost co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen to the Atlanta Falcons last week and then parted ways with co-defensive coordinator/secondary coach Kris Richard on Wednesday. Nielsen is the Falcons’ new DC.

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Saints head coach Dennis Allen, who is the defensive play caller, has three key spots to fill on his defensive staff.

The Browns fired Woods in early January after three seasons as DC and replaced him with Jim Schwartz.

Woods, 52, was the defensive backs coach under Allen in 2014, when Allen was head coach of the Raiders.

The Saints ranked fifth in total defense and second against the pass in 2022, but just 24th against the run.

–Field Level Media

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