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Saints Hire Peter Giunta as Senior Defensive Assistant Coach

Giunta will take over Dennis Allen's former position, which might mean Allen is set to officially become the team's defensive coordinator. But does that make Giunta the next defensive-coordinator-in-waiting?

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The New Orleans Saints have hired long-time defensive coach Peter Giunta to help fix their ailing defense, according to Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk.

Giunta has been coaching in the NFL for a long time but took last season off after being fired by the Giants at the end of the 2014 season. Here's a quick history lesson on Giunta, per Florio:

Giunta served as defensive backs coach of the Giants from 2006 through 2014. He was fired by former head coach Tom Coughlin last January.

Previously, Giunta worked as defensive backs coach for the Chiefs from 2001 through 2005. Before that, he served as defensive coordinator of the Rams.

Giunta, 59, also has coached with the Jets and Eagles. He spent 10 years at the college level.

The Saints have not officially confirmed this hiring yet. Perhaps we will learn more tomorrow.

The vague position of senior defensive assistant was Dennis Allen's title when he was hired last year, before taking over as defensive coordinator when Rob Ryan was fired midway through the season. Allen is still listed on the team website as the senior defensive assistant, so perhaps the hiring of Giunta means Allen will officially be named the team's defensive coordinator. Giunta might also be the next defensive-coordinator-in-waiting should things go poorly in 2016, just like Allen was to Ryan.