John Morton is the new New Orleans Saints wide receivers coach replacing Henry Ellard who was cut after last season. Morton was part of Sean Payton’s original staff as an offensive assistant before he left to become a receivers coach and eventually offensive coordinator at the University of Southern California. After USC, Morton then spent the four years in San Francisco. Morton had previous ties to then 49es head coach Jim Harbaugh with whom Morton had worked with in the past at the Raiders and the University of San Diego.
He is a 12-year NFL coaching veteran. The New Orleans Saints position is a lateral move for Morton who did not follow Harbaugh to Michigan. During his tenure with San Francisco, he was part of a team that saw three appearances in the NFC Championship and a berth in Super Bowl XLVII. He coached the likes of Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree when with the 49ers.
John Morton also has player experience. He signed with Oakland as an undrafted rookie wide receiver in 1993 and for the next two seasons, he was on the Raiders practice squad. 1993 saw a stint with the Green Bay Packers. And in 1195, he was in training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars and returned to the Raiders for training camp in 1996. Morton also played for the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts in 1995 and 1996, and later with the World League’s Frankfurt Galaxy in the spring of 1997.
Morton played at Western Michigan for two seasons (1991-92), where he left in 10th place on the school’s all-time receiving list (78 receptions) and eighth in receiving yards (1,278), earning All-Mid-American Conference honors as a senior, in 1992. He later received a bachelor’s degree in general studies from Western Michigan in 1997. Morton came to Western Michigan after two years (1989-90) at Grand Rapids (MI) Community College, where he received his associate’s degree in 1990.
He, like Greg Lewis, will bring coaching experience and player experience to his coaching job with the New Orleans Saints.