Could Curtis Johnson return to New Orleans Saints now that he has been fired from his head coaching job at Tulane University? He had a consistently losing record but his players played hard for him. (Johnson went 15-34 in four seasons, including 3-9 in each of the past two years). Tulane did not seem to have consistent quarterback play but its defense was often very fierce. His players have made their way into the NFL whether it is Ryan Griffin, Cairos Santos, Ryan Grant, Lorenzo Doss, Sean Donnelly or Taurean Nixon. In all likelihood, OT Arturo Uzdavinis will draw draft interest. The quality development of players has been an exciting component of Johnson’s tenure. The NFL has rarely knocked on Tulane’s door since Matt Forte found his way onto an NFL roster in the 2008 draft.
Could Curtis Johnson Return to New Orleans Saints
Prior to his Tulane tenure, Johnson was the wide receivers coach for the New Orleans Saints. He was one of the first coaches hired by Sean Payton in 2006. Johnson had an impressive resume before his time with the Saints.
He is a native New Orleanian and played wide receiver in college for Idaho. His first college assistant was with Idaho.
In the assistant jobs that followed, he developed a reputation for recruiting as well as position coach. He coached at San Diego State alongside Sean Payton and recruited Marshall Faulk.
Before he spent the next decade at Miami, he also coached Darnay Scott and Bobby Shaw.
He was part of the Miami staff that went to nine bowl games and won the 2001 National Championship. There he coached Andre Johnson, Santana Moss, and Reggie Wayne. He was also credited with recruiting standout safety Ed Reed, another native New Orleanian.
With the Saints, he coached Marques Colston, Devery Henderson, Robert Meachem, and Lance Moore. He was part of the Saints Super Bowl winning team.
At present, the wide receivers position coach for the Saints is John Morton. John Morton joined the coaching staff in 2014. Morton, a 12-year NFL coaching veteran, who also spent five years in the college ranks, spent the last four seasons in the same position with the San Francisco 49ers. He returns to New Orleans after spending the 2006 season as the club’s offensive assistant/passing game coach when they advanced to the NFC Championship Game. (Source: New Orleans Saints website).
Morton has done a good job with the five Saints wide receivers on the roster. But could Curtis Johnson return to New Orleans Saints if a position could be found for his talents? It is known Sean Payton thinks the world of Curtis Johnson, and Johnson has shown an ability to develop raw talent to NFL heights. It would seem probable he may find himself back in the coaching ranks. Hopefully, it will be with the New Orleans Saints.