This former seventh-round draft pick has successfully held down right tackle since 2011, also serving as an offensive team captain for the past four campaigns. In 2015, the former Northwestern standout blocked for an offense ranked second in the NFL in net yards per game (403.8), opening 15-of-16 contests. After serving as a capable reserve at both tackle positions, as a blocking tight end and on special teams for his first five seasons, Strief has been able to use his tremendous size and strength to his advantage as the starter on the right side since 2011. He’s played in 140 career games with 76 starts, and sits at 17th place on the club’s all-time games played list.
NFL CAREER – This former seventh-round draft pick has successfully held down right tackle since 2011, also serving as an offensive team captain for the past four campaigns. In 2015, the former Northwestern standout blocked for an offense ranked second in the NFL in net yards per game (403.8), opening 15-of-16 contests. After serving as a capable reserve at both tackle positions, as a blocking tight end and on special teams for his first five seasons, Strief has been able to use his tremendous size and strength to his advantage as the starter on the right side since 2011. He’s played in 140 career games with 76 starts, and sits at 17th place on the club’s all-time games played list.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Agreed to terms on a five-year contract, 3/17/14; Agreed to terms on a three-year contract, 8/2/11; Re-signed to a one-year contract (RFA), 4/12/10; Re-signed to a one-year contract (RFA), 4/13/09; Signed to a three-year contract, 7/20/06; Selected in the seventh round (210th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft.
HONORS – 2015: The MMQB All-Pro; 2013: ESPN.com All-Pro (John Clayton); 2011: Madden Most Valuable Protectors of the Year (Offensive Line Award); Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award (Week nine, Offensive Line); 2009: Madden Most Valuable Protectors of the Year (Offensive Line Award).
2015 – Started at right tackle in 15 games, missing his lone game of the year, the team’s Week 16 matchup with the Jaguars, due to an elbow injury. Was voted a team captain for the fourth consecutive season, as part of an offensive line that blocked for an offense that gained 403.8 total net yards per game, good for second in the NFL. The offense’s 310.6 total net passing yards per game was the best mark in the league. Vs. N.Y. Giants, Nov. 1, helping block for an offense that did not surrender a sack and gained 608 total net yards, the third-highest total in franchise history. After missing the Week 16 contest, returned to make the start in the team’s season finale at Atlanta, 1/3/16, marking his 140th career game, putting him in sole possession of 17th place on club’s all-time games played list in a win where the club did not surrender a sack. 2014 – One of six season-long team captains. Started all 16 games at right tackle, first time in career he opened every contest. Blocked for NFL’s top ranked offense (411.4 ypg.). 2013 – One of six season-long team captains. Started all 15 games at right tackle and both postseason contests, missing matchup at New England, Oct. 13, due to an ankle injury. Blocked for an offense that ranked fourth in the NFL in net yards per game (399.4)…Helped the offense put together 465 net yards vs. Miami, Sept. 30…Contributed to an offensive line that paved the way for an NFL-record 40 first downs and team-record 625 net yards and helped Mark Ingram rush for a career-high 145 yards vs. Dallas, Nov. 3…In NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at Philadelphia, 1/4/14, blocked for a rushing offense that gained 185 yards, including 97 yards by Ingram. 2012 – One of six season-long team captains. Started all 12 games he appeared in at right tackle and missed three contests (Weeks 10-12) with a groin injury and Week 15 (ankle). Part of an offensive front that gave up only 26 sacks, tied for third fewest in league. Blocked for an offense that finished ranked second in the NFL in offense (410.9 ypg.) and third in scoring (28.8 ppg.)…Helped the offense put together 474 total net yards at Green Bay, Sept. 30…Part of a unit that helped Drew Brees set the NFL record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass (48) vs. San Diego, Oct. 7…Contributed to an offense that gained 458 total net yards without allowing a sack for the first time in 2012 at Tampa Bay, Oct. 21…Helped the rushing attack gain 140 yards vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 5, while yielding just one sack. Part of an offensive line that allowed Brees to complete 74.1% of his passes (20-of-27) while keeping his jersey clean…Contributed to line that paved the way for season-high 562 net yards at Dallas, Dec. 23. 2011 – Started all 11 regular season games and both postseason contests he played in at right tackle. Inactive for five games (Weeks 4-8, knee). Part of a line that relinquished only 24 sacks, tied for second fewest in the NFL, giving up only five takedowns in the last eight games. Blocked for an offense that set an NFL single-season record with 7,474 yards, winning the 2011 Madden Protectors Award for the second time in three years…Started the opener at Green Bay, Sept. 8, helping the offense gain 477 total net yards…Suffered knee injury vs. Houston, Sept. 25, which sidelined him for the next five games…Upon his return vs. Tampa Bay, Nov. 6, Strief and the line were awarded the Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award. They surrendered zero sacks and helped the offense rush for 195 yards…Part of effort that allowed zero sacks for the second consecutive week in overtime win at Atlanta, Nov. 13…Helped pave the way for 205 yards rushing and 577 net yards of total offense, while not giving up a sack vs. N.Y. Giants, Nov. 28…Contributed to an offense that put together 573 total net yards at Minnesota, Dec. 18, while holding the ball for a season-best 38:49 and keeping Brees’ jersey clean…Part of an effort vs. Atlanta, Dec. 26, where the line blocked for Brees as he set what was then the NFL’s single-season passing yardage record when he threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns…Vs. Carolina, 1/1/12, contributed to offense gaining 617 total net yards, while not surrendering a takedown…Following week in NFC Wild Card Playoff vs. Detroit, helped the offense set an NFL postseason record with 626 total net yards, making the Saints only team in NFL history to have two 600-yard performances in same season (regular season and postseason). 2010 – Played in 14 games, starting two as a blocking tight end. Inactive for the first two contests (knee)…Also played in NFC Wild Card Playoff at Seattle on special teams and as a blocking tight end. 2009 - Played in all 16 games for the third straight season, primarily on special teams and as an extra blocking tight end and opened two contests at left tackle…Saw extended playing time at left tackle at Buffalo, Sept. 27, after Jermon Bushrod left (ankle) and also played on special teams…Started at left tackle vs. N.Y. Jets, Oct. 4, and helped block for team’s 153 rushing yards and zero sacks allowed in 24-10 victory…Started at left tackle and played on offensive line in a rotation, helping to lead team to a 38-7 win with zero sacks allowed and 183 yards rushing at Tampa Bay, Nov. 23…Played on special teams in first half and took over at right tackle in second half at Carolina, 1/3/10…Played on special teams and as blocking tight end in all three postseason wins. 2008 – Played in all 16 games on special teams and as an extra tight end in short yardage situations. Received starting nod at left tackle at Chicago, Dec. 11 in place of an injured Jammal Brown and saw extended time at left tackle in games at Denver, Sept. 21, vs. Atlanta, Dec. 7 and at Detroit, Dec. 21. Played right tackle in second half after Jon Stinchcomb left with back spasms vs. Minnesota, Oct. 6. 2007 – Played in all 16 games, primarily on special teams. Started at left tackle at Houston, Nov. 18, in place of an injured Brown and saw extended time vs. St. Louis, Nov. 11, when Brown departed in first quarter…Periodically played as a tight end in jumbo offensive packages. 2006 – Played in nine games, making his first career start at left tackle at Tampa Bay, Nov. 5. Didn’t allow a sack and was praised by coaching staff following the contest for a solid performance after seamlessly stepping into the lineup for Brown…Inactive for seven games…Appeared in both postseason games on special teams.
COLLEGE – Anchored Northwestern’s offensive line his final three seasons, starting 40 games at right tackle…Recognized as a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America and was consensus second-team All-Big Ten as a senior…A key performer on a record-setting offense that averaged more than 500 net yards per game and ranked fourth nationally…Second-team All-Big Ten in 2004…Became a full-time starter as a sophomore in 2003…Majored in communication studies and minored in business institutions.
PERSONAL – Attended Milford (Ohio) HS, where he allowed zero sacks as a senior and only one as a junior…Also lettered in basketball and track…Served as a coach in the Louisiana Legislature’s 2015 “Truce For The Troops” charity flag football game, which raised over $20,000 for the families of four national guardsmen who lost their lives in a plane crash on the Florida Gulf Coast…In 2015, served as a panelist/judge for Steve Case’s “Rise of the Rest” New Orleans tour stop to reward local startups…Appeared at Schoeffner Elementary in Destrehan in the 2014 offseason to deliver a life skills message to junior training camp participants…Full name: Zachary David Strief…Born Sept. 22, 1983 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Saints offensive tackle Zach Strief met with media Thursday, Oct. 13 and talked about the challenges of playing a division opponent as they get ready to face the Carolina Panthers this Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans Saints Video)
Saints offensive tackle Zach Strief met with media Wednesday, Sept. 28 and talked about how its the "next man up" with players banged-up along the offensive line (New Orleans Saints Video)
Saints tackle Zach Strief met with media Thursday, Sept. 22 and previewed the Saints Monday Night game vs the Atlanta Falcons and what it was liek when they played them 10 years ago for the reopening of the Superdome (New Orleans Saints Video)
Saints offensive tackle Zach Strief met with media following the Saints season opened vs the Oakland Raiders and talked about the offensives lines play vs the Raiders front seven (New Orleans Saints Video)