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Former Saints Lineman Zach Strief Has Brand New Perspective as Coach

Adam Taylor McKillop
Former Saints lineman Zach Strief has a brand new perspective as he begins his coach career.
Former Saints lineman Zach Strief has a brand new perspective as he begins his coach career. / Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Zach Strief enjoyed a lengthy 12-year NFL career with the New Orleans Saints. So much so, that Strief immediately joined the Saints coaching staff following his retirement after the 2020 campaign.

As Strief enters his new career as an assistant coach, he's doing so with a brand new perspective. In fact, he even kicked off this transition with an apology to all of his old coaches.

“You start realizing just how much thought, time, effort, energy goes into the decisions that are made in a game plan. It’s so easy to walk in on Wednesday and open your playbook and go ‘Aww, what are you doing?’ And I was totally that guy.... so I apologized to all my old coaches. I think my big coaching transition realization was that I shouldn’t have been bitching, for lack of a better word.”

Zach Strief

Looking at the situation from a fan's perspective, you never would have guessed that Strief viewed himself as a pain for his Saints coaching staff. That may be a strong description, but clearly Strief began this new chapter of his life with an apology - and that's saying something.

Strief spent all 12 years in New Orleans and started more than 90 games as a combo tackle/guard. He'll bring that expertise to the Saints offensive-line, which ranked as the 8th-best unit in the league according to ProFootballFocus.

Currently, New Orleans owns +2700 odds to win Super Bowl LVI, according to the latest NFL odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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