Officially back on the job for just a few hours, Sean Payton returns to the New Orleans Saints with two vacancies on his coaching staff.
Assistant special teams coach Mike Mallory was named the new special teams coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars by new coach Gus Bradley on Tuesday.
Mallory has spent 27 years in coaching including 22 years at the collegiate level prior to coming to New Orleans under Payton in 2008 to work with special teams coordinator Greg McMahon. In 2011, Mallory served as assistant secondary coach before returning to special teams in 2012.
An standout linebacker at Michigan, Mallory was a finalist for the Butkus award for the Wolverines in 1985. He was the team MVP in 1984.
Mallory is the son of former Colorado, Indiana, Miami of Ohio and Northern Illinois head coach Bill Mallory. His youngest brother, Curt, is the secondary coach under Brady Hoke at Michigan while his brother, Doug, is the defensive coordinator/assistant head coach at Indiana.
Former interim/interim head coach and offensive line coach Aaron Kromer departed Payton's staff last week after five years in New Orleans to become the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach of the Chicago Bears under new head coach Mark Trestman.
Payton is heading to Mobile for the Senior Bowl, a little later than he would have liked but going, which was not possible under the previous ruling on his suspension that would have kept out of commission until after the Super Bowl on February 3. He will scout potential players and aggressively field interest and likely interview candidates for the vacancies.
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