It wasn’t supposed to end this way, not for the hard-fighting Minnesota Vikings facing the New Orleans Saints in 2009 NFC Championship Game. They had Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson in the offensive trenches along with wide receiver Greg Lewis. The Vikings were carrying ten Pro Bowlers on their roster along with four All-Pros. Former Vikings coach Bud Grant was the honorary captain. But the Vikings fell that day to the New Orleans Saints. One would think Greg Lewis would never find the confines of the Mercedes Benz SuperDome a welcoming place. But he will this NFL season.
Greg Lewis has a new chapter with the New Orleans Saints as a wide receivers coaching assistant. He is an eight-year NFL veteran who played with the Philadelphia Eagles (2003-08) and Minnesota Vikings (2009-10). His career totals were 152 catches for 1,992 yards (13.1 avg.) with eight touchdowns. He comes to the Saints with three years of coaching experience–as the wide receivers coach at the University of Pittsburgh (2014), San Jose State (2013) and the University of San Diego (2012).
He serves under John Morton as the wide receivers coach and brings with him the perspective of both coaching experience and NFL play. In a February 20, 2015, article by Katherine Terrell, Mickey Loomis said:
“(Payton is) looking for fresh, new ideas, energy from some of those positions and I think that he and I both feel like having some ex-players on our staff is a good thing.”
Saints linebacker Parys Haralson who played against Lewis said
“A young, fresh perspective can never hurt … I think sometimes having some players around that have actually done it is good. They’ve actually been out there in the fight.”
In a Post-BountyGate world, stranger bedfellows cannot be found than Greg Lewis coaching the New Orleans Saints wide receivers but then maybe it wasn’t such a big deal for the players after all.