Saints Add Mike Westhoff To Coaching Staff
The New Orleans Saints hope they have added some help for their less than stellar special teams unit.
The 69-year old Westhoff, who retired in 2012 after 12 seasons as the special teams coordinator for the New York Jets, is being added as an extra member of the staff, with special teams coordinator Bradford Banta and assistant Kevin O'Dea still in place.
Westhoff also was on the staff of the Miami Dolphins from 1986-2000.
The Saints, who have won 7-straight games, and are currently 7-2 on the season, have had few weaknesses this season, with special teams being a glaring exception.
In terms of defending kicks and punts, the New Orleans special teams unit hasn't performed well, allowing 25.9 return yards per kickoff, which ranks 27th in the league, and 11.4 yards per punt return, which ranks 26th.
When it comes to returning kickoffs and punts, things have been even worse, with the Saints are averaging 19.4 yards-per-kickoff return, which ranks 28th, and 5.2 yards-per-punt return, which ranks 28th.