Dan Roushar. Photo - Michael C. Hebert - New Orleans Saints
Roushar is entering his eighth season with Saints
Dan Roushar is entering his eighth season with the New Orleans Saints, and fifth as offensive line coach. During his tenure, tackles Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk were named All-Pros and interior linemen Andrus Peat (left guard), Larry Warford (right guard) and Max Unger (center) were selected for the Pro Bowl. And this year, he'll help mold two promising young linemen – second-year center/guard Erik McCoy and rookie center/guard Cesar Ruiz. The Saints' offensive line consistently has been among the league's best, and Roushar wants to make sure it remains in the upper echelon of NFL units.
Q: How significant has the adjustment been to not seeing players, not having an offseason program?
Roushar: It's certainly been a challenge, but I think it's been a welcome challenge, with the idea that we've been restricted in our ability to be in-person contact with the players. Each morning for the last three weeks, we've had what we're considering virtual meetings, and we've really involved the young players and the guys that are new to the program. And we spend about an hour-and-a-half each morning with them going through the installations. And as we teach them the system and go through things, we have film to back up what we're talking about. It's really become kind of an interesting process. Because of our lack of ability to put them on the field and go through things, it's been a lot more communication back and forth, many, many more questions as we've watched others execute it – the players that have done this before them. But asking questions about, 'How would you handle this situation? ...
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