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Ryan Nielsen

2019 New Orleans Saints
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Ryan Nielsen

Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line

College: USC

Hometown: Simi Valley, CA


Ryan Nielsen is in his fifth season as New Orleans' defensive line coach in 2021, adding assistant head coach duties reflecting his impact on the team. He has a history of developing players on the professional and college levels and brings abundant experience to the position. Since 2017, New Orleans' 187 sacks ranked third in the league, seven different defensive linemen have produced multi-sack games and the New Orleans defense went an NFL-record 55 regular season and postseason games without allowing a 100-yard rusher between the 2017-20 campaigns.