Saints name Cowboys coach Gibbs as defensive boss

METAIRIE, La.-- The New Orleans Saints announced
Monday that they have hired Gary Gibbs as defensive coordinator.

Gibbs, the linebacker coach for the Dallas Cowboys for the last
four seasons and a 23-year coaching veteran, has been a
coordinator three times, including at Louisiana State in 2001.

The 53-year-old is the initial hire by new coach Sean Payton,
who spent the last three years in Dallas as an assistant with

"When I was introduced last week I said that I wanted to bring
teachers in who were looking to work hard, enjoy their work and
be part of a team with everyone moving in the same direction,"
Payton said. "Gary defines that description. He is extremely
dedicated and getting him in New Orleans sets the tone for the
rest of the additions to my coaching staff."

Gibbs joined Bill Parcells' staff in Dallas in 2002 after
serving as the defensive coordinator at LSU in 2001 and the
University of Georgia in 2000.

"Gary stresses the fundamentals and has a sound philosophy on
what he expects from a defense," Payton said. "But he doesn't
allow that to take away from aggressiveness that you look for
that is necessary to make plays."

Gibbs had a 23-year stint at the University of Oklahoma as a
player, assistant and coach. He was the coach of the Sooners
from 1989-94, posting a record of 44-23-2.