Dan Roushar enters his third season with the Saints and his first in the capacity of tutoring the tight ends after serving his first two years as running backs coach. He has 30 years of coaching experience and has served as an offensive coordinator at the collegiate level.
A 31-year coaching veteran, including two stints as an offensive coordinator, Dan Roushar takes over as offensive line coach in his fourth season with the Saints after tutoring running backs and tight ends the past three seasons. It will be a natural transition for Roushar, who has extensive experience tutoring offensive linemen.
After tutoring running backs from 2013-14, Roushar became the team’s tight ends coach in 2015 and his position group played an integral role in the NFL’s second-ranked offense. As a unit, they combined for 101 receptions for 1,021 yards with 11 touchdowns. In his third season in New Orleans and first as the club’s featured tight end, Benjamin Watson set career-highs in receptions and receiving yardage and tied a career-best in scoring grabs, when he made 74 grabs for 825 yards (11.1 avg.) and six touchdowns. Josh Hill and Michael Hoomanawanui, acquired early in the season in a trade with New England, combined for an additional five touchdowns.
In 2014, Roushar helped guide a running attack that gained 1,818 yards and improved in league rankings from 25th to 13th. Under Roushar’s tutelage, Mark Ingram enjoyed a breakout season as he was selected to the first Pro Bowl of his four-year career, leading New Orleans with 964 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Roushar also continued to lead Khiry Robinson in his development as he carried 76 times for 362 yards (4.8 avg.) and three touchdowns.
Under Roushar’s guidance in 2013, the Saints running backs helped the team finish ranked fourth in the NFL in offense. Pierre Thomas (77) and Darren Sproles (71) became the first running back duo in franchise history to each record at least 70 receptions, as Thomas led the league among running backs and Sproles ranked fourth. Thomas led the team in rushing with 549 yards and finished with 1,062 total yards from scrimmage. Roushar also helped foster impressive development and late season production out of Ingram and Robinson, who were the club’s leading rushers in the postseason.
Roushar came to New Orleans following a six-year stint at Michigan State, the final two as offensive coordinator/tight ends coach. In 2012, the Spartans enjoyed a productive campaign running the ball as running back Le’Veon Bell won the Big Ten rushing title with 1,793 yards, the second-highest single-season total in MSU history, as he was selected first-team All-Big Ten and a first-team All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com. The passing offense ranked fourth in the conference. In Roushar’s first season as coordinator in 2011, the Spartans averaged 31.0 points per game, ranked third in the conference, setting school records for most points (434) and passing yards (3,535), while finishing second in net yardage (5,466). Prior to his promotion, Roushar served four seasons as the Spartans’ offensive line coach.
In four seasons coaching the offensive front, Roushar’s linemen earned All-Big Ten recognition on eight occasions. In 2010, the Spartans established their running identity early, rushing for more than 200 yards in five of the first six games. In 2009, his unit surrendered only 14 sacks, the fewest amount of any team in the conference. The previous year, the offensive line blocked for the nation’s fourth-leading rusher in running back Javon Ringer, while allowing only 24 takedowns. Upon his arrival in East Lansing in 2007, Roushar had to juggle the starting lineup with eight different offensive line combinations, but he led his unit to be one of the most productive in the Big Ten as the Spartans ranked fourth in the conference and 25th in the NCAA in rushing with 198.2 yards per game.
Prior to arriving in East Lansing, Roushar served two seasons as offensive line coach at Cincinnati from 2005-06. A two-year letterman as a quarterback at Northern Illinois, he began his coaching career as a student assistant at his alma mater in 1984 and also spent time as an assistant at Butler (1986-92), Rhode Island (1993), Ball State (1994) and Illinois (1995-96). Roushar then spent six years as offensive line coach/offensive coordinator at Northern Illinois before returning to Champaign for a two-year stint in 2003.
PLAYING CAREER: Northern Illinois, 1982-83.
COACHING CAREER: Northern Illinois, 1984; Butler, 1986-92; Rhode Island, 1993; Ball State, 1994; Illinois, 1995-96; Northern Illinois, 1997-2002; Illinois, 2003-04; Cincinnati, 2005-06; Michigan State, 2007-12; New Orleans Saints, 2013-.