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Offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak and staff teaching New Orleans Saints basics of the new offense

'Starting from scratch and not assuming anything, just trying to be really good with the details'

The foundational portion of the process has begun for the New Orleans Saints offensively, and Coach Dennis Allen likes what he has seen early from coordinator Kliff Kubiak, entering his first year choreographing the Saints' offense fresh off a season in which he was passing game coordinator for San Francisco, which reached the Super Bowl last season.

"I think the offensive staff in general is doing a really good job," Allen said. "They're doing a good job of implementing the system, both with these rookies and also with the vets in the building.

"We've got a lot of work to do, but I think it's been a good start and guys are working really hard. All of them – players, coaches, everybody. It's been fun to see."

The visual this week has been presented at the Saints' rookie minicamp. Kubiak, who also was offensive coordinator for the Vikings in 2021 and passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach for Denver in 2022, will have three days (Friday through Sunday) to get a first look at a collection of rookies and tryout players at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center.

The implementation of a new system will require a measure of patience, especially this early in the process.

"It's been good," Kubiak said. "Two practices in, guys have a lot to learn, mainly just how to practice and how to stay up (on their feet). But we've been really pleased with it thus far.

"It's been real fun, it's been really rewarding to work with really good people, starting with Coach Allen. We've got some really good coaches on our offensive staff, so we're gelling together as a staff as well as getting our players better."

Too, veteran players have been on the premises getting a head start on verbiage.

"This time of year, it's all teaching," Kubiak said. "Installation and trying to slow it down, starting from scratch and not assuming anything, just trying to be really good with the details and understanding that there's first-year guys and there's rookies, and we've got 13-year veterans. So we're just going to keep it simple initially and just make sure it's detailed."

Helpful to the process is the fact that New Orleans has a veteran quarterback returning. Derek Carrwill be entering his 11th season, and finished last year by completing 131 of 176 passes (74.4 percent) for 1,343 yards and 15 touchdowns and three interceptions in the last six games, with the Saints winning four of them.

"We're a West Coast offense, whatever that means to everybody," Kubiak said. "We're going to be probably as wordy as the quarterback can handle, and I think our quarterback is a very smart player.

"He can handle a lot. So I think we're going to challenge him this time of year during the offseason – him and his teammates – and see what they can handle.

"It helps tremendously (that Carr is a veteran). Derek has had a really good offseason thus far. He's putting in the work, he's here after hours, just really studies his tail off. His teammates see how hard he works and he brings their level of play up as well."

Kubiak said the message for everyone is the same this time of year.

"We're just stressing to players this time of year to be smart, tough and dependable," he said. "Regardless of the scheme and what that brings, if we can just start with that we'll be in good shape come training camp as we keep working."

New Orleans Saints players continued with Day 2 of 2024 Rookie Minicamp practice workouts at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center on May 11, 2024.

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