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Tony Oden
Secondary
College:
Baldwin-Wallace
Hometown:
Cleveland, Ohio

Entering his sixth season with the Saints, Tony Oden takes over as secondary coach after assisting with the defensive backs for the past five campaigns.

Oden helped oversee a revamping of the secondary over the past two seasons that has paid dividends. Since 2009, the Saints have allowed the fewest touchdown passes (28) in the NFL, have the most interception return yards (848), the highest average yardage per return (24.2) and are tied for the most interception returns for touchdowns (7).

 

Entering his sixth season with the Saints, Tony Oden takes over as secondary coach after assisting with the defensive backs for the past five campaigns.

Oden helped oversee a revamping of the secondary over the past two seasons that has paid dividends. Since 2009, the Saints have allowed the fewest touchdown passes (28) in the NFL, have the most interception return yards (848), the highest average yardage per return (24.2) and are tied for the most interception returns for touchdowns (7).

In 2010, the secondary played a key role in the defense’s improvement from 25th to fourth in NFL opponent net yardage rankings and from 26th to fourth in opponent net passing yardage. The Saints allowed a league-low 13 touchdown passes. Oden assisted Malcolm Jenkins in a successful conversion from cornerback to safety, where he made a club-best four takeaways. Roman Harper became the first safety in franchise history to be a two-time Pro Bowl selection.

In 2009, Oden helped a revamped secondary finish third in the NFL with 26 interceptions and fifth in touchdown passes allowed (15). A league-leading five of the picks were returned for TDs. The group saw S Darren Sharper lead the team and tie for first in the NFL in interceptions (9) and picks returned for a touchdown (3). Oden assisted with CB Tracy Porter’s continued development, who in his second year had four interceptions in the regular season and two postseason picks, a total of two returned for touchdowns. In Oden’s first season with the Saints  in 2006, the club ranked third in the NFL in defending the pass.

Oden arrived in New Orleans after spending the previous two seasons with the Houston Texans in a similar capacity. In 2004, his efforts were rewarded when Houston’s secondary intercepted 18 passes, with CB Dunta Robinson leading all NFL rookies with six.

Oden tutored the defensive backs in 2003 at Eastern Michigan. He worked at East Carolina prior to his season at EMU, serving as outside linebackers coach in 2000, secondary coach in 2001 and safeties coach in 2002. Each year he also assisted with the special teams.

Before his stint at East Carolina, Oden spent two seasons at West Point as Army’s assistant secondary coach. He also led the junior varsity program in 1999 after serving as its defensive coordinator in 1998.

In 1997, Oden coached wide receivers as a graduate assistant at Boston College. His first college coaching job came at Millersville (Pa.), where he was assistant secondary/ assistant special teams coach.

Oden also acquired NFL experience by twice serving as a summer coaching intern, first for Green Bay (1999) and then for Cleveland in 2001.

A two-time all-conference selection at linebacker at Baldwin-Wallace, Oden was the Yellow Jackets captain as a senior. He earned All-America recognition and Co-Defensive MVP honors in college.

A native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Oden and his wife, Amanda, have a son, Jaylen and a daughter, Ryan.

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