Saints OL coach Doug Marrone thinks Jahri Evans is ‘a great example for younger players’

Saints OL coach Doug Marrone thinks Jahri Evans is 'a great example for younger players'
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Jahri Evans played on the New Orleans Saints offensive line for 11 years.

Now, he’s coaching it.

The Times-Picayune reported Tuesday that the Saints are hiring Evans as their new assistant offensive line coach. The head position coach, Doug Marrone, confirmed that news Wednesday at LSU’s Pro Day in Baton Rouge.

“I think he’ll be a great asset for our coaching staff but more so probably the players,” Marrone said. “I think that a person that’s had a lot of success playing and done everything the right way is a great example for younger players coming into the league of what they need to do. I think Jahri has experience there and is the age where he’s a little bit closer to them where I’m getting a little bit old in the tooth.”

Evans, 39, sported the black and gold uniform from 2006-16. He only ever missed seven regular-season games in his career, tallying a total of 169 starts in 190 opportunities, and saw field time in all 10 postgame appearances the Saints made during his tenure, including the 2009 Super Bowl victory.

Evans spent 2017, the 12th and final year of his career, with the Green Bay Packers.

Between the 2009-14 seasons, Evans was named to The Associated Press’ All-Pro first team four consecutive times and selected to the Pro Bowl six consecutive times. He’s now one of 28 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023.

Marrone was Evan’s offensive coordinator in New Orleans for three years.

“I’ve fallen short for all my players, because if you ever talk to anyone I’ve ever coached, the first thing I tell them is, ‘Whatever you do, don’t don’t be a coach,’” Marrone said. “The reason why I say it: It’s a great profession, but it’s a tough business; you move around quite a bit, and you move around with your family.

“But I think Jahri was into a lot of things when he first got done. He’s very successful. I just think that he started to work with some players and started training some players, and you just have a love for it. You love the game. Now you’re trying to say, ‘OK, how do I get in, how do I see where I fit?’”

Evans interned with the Saints last year during training camp as part of the NFL’s Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship Program, which provides professional experience to minority candidates who hope to make a career out of coaching. He worked under Marrone and then-assistant offensive line coach Zach Strief.

Well, former Saints coach Sean Payton has since hired Strief to his Denver Broncos staff. Strief earned a promotion with the move, becoming the head position coach.

“Zach was ready to be an offensive line coach, so I don’t see it as a surprise at all,” Marrone said. “I see someone that’s extremely smart, extremely attention to detail; someone that’s very good technically, very good schematically, very good in front of the room, very good at explaining and coaching and communicating. So, I think it’s a great opportunity that presented itself for him and one that he had to take.”

That obviously left a void on the Saints coaching roster that needed to be fill.

And Evans, who’s clearly beyond familiar with both the staff and team, just so happened to be looking for a job around the same time the Saints were looking for a replacement.

“We have him back,” Marrone said, “and I’m excited.”

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