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Stan Kwan
Assistant - Special Teams

Stan Kwan enters his fourth season with the New Orleans Saints as assistant special teams coach.  It is Kwan’s 26th year as an NFL coach and he will again assist coordinator Greg McMahon in all aspects of coaching the Saints’ special teams units.

Stan Kwan enters his fourth season with the New Orleans Saints as assistant special teams coach.  It is Kwan’s 26th year as an NFL coach and he will again assist coordinator Greg McMahon in all aspects of coaching the Saints’ special teams units.

In 2015, the Saints special teams unit provided a spark in several games. The punt return game was effective as Kwan helped McMahon tutor rookie RB/RS Marcus Murphy, who returned the first punt for a touchdown by a Saint since 2011. The units also blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown, blocked two kicks, returning one for the first defensive two-point conversion since the NFL’s 2015 rules change and also picked off a two-point conversion attempt. In Week Seven, a 24-yard completion from holder Luke McCown to TE Benjamin Watson to the Colts one-yard line on a fake field goal attempt set up a touchdown. After joining the Saints in Week Eight, K Kai Forbath made two game-winning field goals in his ten games with New Orleans last season.

Kwan joined the Saints after spending three seasons (2010-12) in the same capacity with the Buffalo Bills. In 2012, the Bills ranked first in the NFL in punt return average (17.1 avg.) with two touchdowns and were fourth-best in kickoff return average (27.0 avg.). In 2011, the Bills kickoff coverage units held opponents to 20.4 yards per return, the best in the NFL. The punt return unit finished tied for tops in the AFC and third in the NFL (12.7 avg.).

Kwan joined the Bills after six seasons with the Detroit Lions. In his second stint with Detroit from 2004-09, the unit blocked 16 kicks, second-most in the NFL over the six-year time span. Kwan served as Detroit’s special teams coordinator from 2008-09. In 2009, the Lions ranked fifth in the NFC in average drive start (27.0) and tied for fourth in the NFL with three special teams turnovers. In 2008, the Lions had an NFL-high five special teams turnover recoveries, with their plus four turnover margin also leading the league. The kickoff coverage unit allowed the league’s fourth-lowest average drive start following kickoffs (25.5) and ranked second in the NFL in percentage of drives forced inside the 20-yard line following kickoffs (23.81).

Prior to joining Detroit for his second stint with the club in 2004, Kwan served as a special teams assistant/defensive quality control coach for the Arizona Cardinals from 2001-03. He spent 1997-2000 with the Lions as an offensive and special teams assistant. He entered the NFL in 1991 as a coaching assistant with the San Diego Chargers. He served as an offensive and special teams assistant with the Chargers from 1991-1996.

Kwan played baseball at San Diego State University for three years and earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Prior to attending San Diego State, he spent one year at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix where he was the first freshman to be named captain of the baseball team. Kwan attended Phoenix Camelback High School where he set school career records for batting average, runs scored, stolen bases, on-base percentage and walks. In his junior year, Camelback was the top-ranked team in the state and was ranked 16th in the nation. He earned all-state honors twice as a shortstop and doubled as the school’s quarterback, where he set the school single-game passing record (327 yards).

COACHING CAREER: San Diego Chargers, 1991-96; Detroit Lions, 1997-2000; Arizona Cardinals, 2001-03; Detroit Lions, 2004-09; Buffalo Bills, 2010-12; New Orleans Saints, 2013-.

 

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