Michigan State Football: Dan Roushar leaves Spartans for the New Orleans Saints

It’s official, Michigan State offensive coordinator Dan Roushar has accepted the job as the running backs coach of the New Orleans Saints.

Roushar, who has been a part of the MSU coaching staff for the past six seasons, left these comments:

“The New Orleans Saints and Michigan State are built on similar models, with a focus on character and people. New Orleans has won a Super Bowl, and over the last five years, the Saints have been one of the winningest organizations in the NFL. I’ve had an opportunity to work for Mark Dantonio – in my opinion, the best college football coach in America – for the last eight years, including the last six seasons at Michigan State. Now, I have an opportunity to work for arguably the best coach in the NFL, in Sean Payton. Professionally, this is an opportunity I simply couldn’t pass up. Now as a running backs coach, I have the chance to learn the interworking of the NFL.

 “Michigan State is poised to have a tremendous year in 2013. I’ve been incredibly blessed to have worked alongside Coach Dantonio, a talented coaching staff and gifted players. The last six years at Michigan State have been quite rewarding: six-straight bowl appearances, back-to-back 11-wins seasons including a Big Ten Championship and a Legends Division title, and four-straight victories over Michigan. It’s difficult to leave because it has been quite a ride, but professional opportunities like this are indeed rare. Coach Dantonio has built something special – it’s a program that pursues excellence in all aspects, not only on the field competing for championships, but also off the field in the classroom and in the community.”

Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio expressed his appreciation for Roushar’s work to help build this MSU program since 2007.

“Dan Roushar has been a loyal and dedicated assistant for the last eight years, including the past six seasons at Michigan State,” Dantonio said. “Dan certainly played a critical role in helping build a solid foundation here at Michigan State. We’re grateful for the effort and energy he’s invested in our program. He’s excited about being presented with the opportunity to coach the game at its highest level. We’re thrilled for Dan and his family, and we wish him nothing but the best in the NFL.”

Since the official announcement that Roushar would be heading to the NFL, the “Twittersphere” has shown their approval of this move. Many are blaming Roushar for MSU’s struggles offensively this past season — ranking ninth in the Big Ten in total offense — and I don’t believe that that’s a fair thing to do with the rebuilding that went on within the Spartans offense.

However, regardless of solid or lack of production from the MSU offense over the past couple of years, I’ve always felt that his play calling at times has been very stagnant and predictable. I would like to see the Spartans bring in someone that will shake things up offensively and make the MSU offense match the output of their top-tier defense.

Dantonio has not yet announced who will replace Roushar, but many are saying that quarterback coach Dave Warner or running back coach Brad Salem will get promoted.

Stay tuned as more news develops.