The Saints have filled their vacancy at linebackers coach by promoting Michael Hodges.
Hodges spent last season as an assistant linebackers coach after working as a defensive assistant from 2017-2018. The role he is moving into was created when Mike Nolan, who joined the staff in 2017, departed to become the defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys.
A source confirmed this news to NewOrleans.Football after Dan Hatman of The Scouting Academy first reported it.
Hodges previously coached at Eastern Illinois from 2014-2016. He coached the linebackers his first two seasons and was the co-defensive coordinator in 2016. He spent his first two years as a coach working as a graduate assistant at Fresno State, where he coached the inside linebackers.
A walk on at Texas A&M, Hodges earned second-team All-Big 12 honors as a senior after leading the Aggies in tackles. He earned honorable mention as a junior.
Do you think this is a good move? I’m always happy when we promote from within especially as our LBs have been performing well the last 2 seasons
He’s well regarded. Payton has been particular and deliberate when making hires since cleaning house.