Travis Jones hired as defensive line coach

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  • Anyone know anything about this guy, other than the fact that he was an assistant D-line coach?
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  • Here's what they have to say about him on the Saint's site:

    Entering his eighth year in the NFL, Travis Jones works with defensive line coach Bill Johnson in developing a talented defensive front that possesses a mixture of youth and experience. Known for his dedication to the fundamentals and his teaching skills, Jones begins his fifth season in New Orleans.

    Jones has been part of significant improvement in the Saints run defense over the past three seasons, where their NFL ranking against the run has improved from 21st in 2009 to 12th in 2011.

    In 2010, Jones helped tutor a line that contributed to the defense finishing in the top ten in the NFL in yards per game (fourth) and points per game (seventh). DT Sedrick Ellis broke out with career-highs in tackles (78) and sacks (6). His takedown total led the team and tied for third among NFL defensive tackles.

    In 2009, DE Will Smith enjoyed his finest season as he ranked fifth in the NFL with 13 sacks, while the trio of Ellis, Anthony Hargrove and Remi Ayodele provided a solid pass rush on the interior of a line that played an important role on the Super Bowl XLIV champions.

    Prior to arriving in New Orleans, Jones spent three seasons with the Miami Dolphins, his first year as assistant defensive line coach and his final two seasons tutoring the outside linebackers and defensive ends.

    During his Dolphins tenure, the line recorded 92 sacks. DE Jason Taylor was selected to the Pro Bowl each year and was named the 2007 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. The Dolphins ranked second in the league in sacks in 2005 and third in 2006.

    Before arriving in Miami, Jones spent 2003-04 at LSU, where he was the defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator. In his first season, the Tigers’ defensive front recorded 31 of the team’s school-record 44 sacks, while also limiting opponents to 67 yards rushing per game – ranking third in the nation and first in the SEC.
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  • Interesting...I'll have to wait and see how this plays out. I really have no strong feelings about this one way or the other.
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  • Oh great hopefully the Aints defense (the worst in the league this year) was because of other coaches and he was the only good coach an a terrible terrible defense coaching group.
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  • Anyone brought in from the Saints defensive staff this year does not excite me.......hope I'm wrong.
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  • rainger wrote:Oh great hopefully the Aints defense (the worst in the league this year) was because of other coaches and he was the only good coach an a terrible terrible defense coaching group.


    Yeah, I'm sure this front office would hire a scrub.
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  • FlyingGreg wrote:
    rainger wrote:Oh great hopefully the Aints defense (the worst in the league this year) was because of other coaches and he was the only good coach an a terrible terrible defense coaching group.


    Yeah, I'm sure this front office would hire a scrub.

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  • I'm sure he brings a bounty of knowledge to the table.
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  • Well, with a top notch d line guy like Quinn acting as DC, I suppose it's not a terrible idea to bring in a young guy to apprentice under him (cuz if we keep this up, it's only a matter of time before before Quinn starts getting interviewed for his own HC job).

    Colour me cautiously optimistic over this hire.
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  • SalishHawkFan wrote:
    FlyingGreg wrote:
    rainger wrote:Oh great hopefully the Aints defense (the worst in the league this year) was because of other coaches and he was the only good coach an a terrible terrible defense coaching group.


    Yeah, I'm sure this front office would hire a scrub.

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    Was Whitehurst a coach...? No.
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  • Foghawk wrote:I'm sure he brings a bounty of knowledge to the table.


    Nice play on words!!!
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  • Foghawk wrote:I'm sure he brings a bounty of knowledge to the table.

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  • FlyingGreg wrote:
    SalishHawkFan wrote:
    FlyingGreg wrote:
    Yeah, I'm sure this front office would hire a scrub.

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    Was Whitehurst a coach...? No.

    Nope, but he was a scrub. And they hired him.
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  • SalishHawkFan wrote:Nope, but he was a scrub. And they hired him.


    Alas, this thread isn't about Whitehurst. It's about the new defensive line coach, and the point is they have made good hires in coaching on the "D". Hence, they wouldn't hire a scrub.

    It's just funny when people knock a move like this. I'm pretty sure they know what they wanted to do.

    P.S. We don't "hire" players....we trade/sign/draft. 8)
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  • I'm just saying, not even this FO is above making a bad move now and then - see Charlie Whitehurst. So one has to judge this latest hire on his own merits, not on a belief that the FO is infallible. In P&J I Trust, but I can't say I'm too excited about this guy.
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  • I watched a few saints game this year, there pass rush is not a strength on that team.
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  • Axx wrote:I watched a few saints game this year, there pass rush is not a strength on that team.


    He'll fit right in here...

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  • Might help bring DT Sedrick Ellis (former Trojan) to Seattle.
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  • FlyingGreg wrote:
    Axx wrote:I watched a few saints game this year, there pass rush is not a strength on that team.


    He'll fit right in here...

    :sarcasm_off:

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  • rainger wrote:Oh great hopefully the Aints defense (the worst in the league this year) was because of other coaches and he was the only good coach an a terrible terrible defense coaching group.


    Aints? C'mon dude. Those days are long gone and I'm sure you know it.

    Axx wrote:I watched a few saints game this year, there pass rush is not a strength on that team.


    :13:

    Yeah, our front 4 was just atrocious this year with the exception of Cam Jordan and rotational players Junior Galette and Akiem Hicks. Will Smith just couldn't get any pressure off his side the line while Bunkley and Sedrick Ellis couldn't plug the A and B gaps.

    MontanaHawk05 wrote:Might help bring DT Sedrick Ellis (former Trojan) to Seattle.


    I'll help him pack his bags... :lol:
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  • IronSaint wrote:[
    MontanaHawk05 wrote:Might help bring DT Sedrick Ellis (former Trojan) to Seattle.


    I'll help him pack his bags... :lol:


    So what's your opinion on why he started off well in his first three seasons, then tapered off?
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  • SalishHawkFan wrote:Nope, but he was a scrub. And they hired him.

    Awesome, you named one bad personnel move this team has made in 3 years! Which literally has NOTHING to do with the coaching staff Carroll has put together. Kudos :th2thumbs:
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  • SalishHawkFan wrote:
    FlyingGreg wrote:
    rainger wrote:Oh great hopefully the Aints defense (the worst in the league this year) was because of other coaches and he was the only good coach an a terrible terrible defense coaching group.


    Yeah, I'm sure this front office would hire a scrub.

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    LOL! :)

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  • Not so sure about this :|

    But the Saints haven't really had many sacks for years, long before Jones showed up.

    Also of note:
    In 2005, when he joined the Dolphins as Asst. DL coach, they had the 2nd-most sacks per game, up from 21st-most the previous year. In 2006, when he was DB coach, they had 3rd most sacks. In 2007, when he was DE coach, they had 24th most sacks. Of course, this is ignoring many other factors (it appears they lost 2 of their top pass rushers in 2007).

    I still have quite a bit of trust in the front office to make the right decision.
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  • We should fire Pete and John both for letting this happen. How dare they hire someone before asking who the .net wannabes think they should hire! :sarcasm_off:
    I am not saying love everything they do! But I am saying, just because YOU do not see the reasoning does not make it a bad move. It was not that long ago the Flynn lovers were saying Pete had no clue what he was doing. :stirthepot:
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  • Does it really matter when we already have a D-Line specialist like Quinn overseeing the defense? Quinn obviously had a say in this since the two guys have previously worked together on coaching a very successful Miami line. He knows what Jones brings to the table in terms of teaching fundamentals. Got to trust his opinion for now, but either way, it doesn't strike me as something one should get either nervous or overly optimistic about at this point.
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  • FlyingGreg wrote:
    SalishHawkFan wrote:Nope, but he was a scrub. And they hired him.


    Alas, this thread isn't about Whitehurst. It's about the new defensive line coach, and the point is they have made good hires in coaching on the "D". Hence, they wouldn't hire a scrub.

    It's just funny when people knock a move like this. I'm pretty sure they know what they wanted to do.

    P.S. We don't "hire" players....we trade/sign/draft. 8)


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  • Foghawk wrote:I'm sure he brings a bounty of knowledge to the table.


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  • So, of all the teams...we are raiding the Saints' defensive coaching staff huh? :34853_doh:
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  • Would be interesting to see if Jones and Quinn can have Irvin start looking like Jason Taylor. I think they were all three working in Miami at the same time. Wikipedia says JT had 139.5 sacks in his career. ... get them to spend some time together this off season.
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  • If Jones and Quinn can somehow help Irvin make a development jump similar to Aldon Smith's jump from last season to this season it would be awesome!
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  • rainger wrote:Oh great hopefully the Aints defense (the worst in the league this year) was because of other coaches and he was the only good coach an a terrible terrible defense coaching group.

    Oh man, if you'd only used the word "terrible" just one more time, I'd maybe bought in.
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  • Not worried at all. Quinn will still be in control of this D line.
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  • CANHawk wrote:Well, with a top notch d line guy like Quinn acting as DC, I suppose it's not a terrible idea to bring in a young guy to apprentice under him (cuz if we keep this up, it's only a matter of time before before Quinn starts getting interviewed for his own HC job).

    Colour me cautiously optimistic over this hire.

    Didn't he work with Spaghetti-Os on that abomination of a defense last year?
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  • Scottemojo wrote:
    CANHawk wrote:Well, with a top notch d line guy like Quinn acting as DC, I suppose it's not a terrible idea to bring in a young guy to apprentice under him (cuz if we keep this up, it's only a matter of time before before Quinn starts getting interviewed for his own HC job).

    Colour me cautiously optimistic over this hire.

    Didn't he work with Spaghetti-Os on that abomination of a defense last year?


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  • DL recruiting coordinator at LSU from 03-04? I wonder if he'll push to bring Glenn Dorsey in. :th2thumbs:
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