New Orleans Saints announce addition of new coaches

NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans Saints Head Coach Dennis Allen announced today that the team has hired Bob Bicknell as a senior offensive assistant, matt clapp as a strength trainer and Sterling Moore as a defensive assistant

Bicknell (pronounced “bick-NELL”), comes to New Orleans with 13 years of National Football League experience in the coaching ranks and 28 years of college and professional coaching experience. The native of Holliston, Mass. has extensive experience both on the offensive line and in skill positions.

From 2018 to 2020, Bicknell served as wide receivers coach for the Cincinnati Bengals, where he was instrumental in developing a pair of young wides in Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins. Bicknell’s tutelage in his rookie season in Cincinnati in 2018 helped Boyd take a big leap into his third NFL campaign, when he finished with 76 receptions for 1,028 yards and seven touchdowns. In each of his three seasons tutoring with Boyd, the wide posted at least 76 receptions. Clemson’s 2020 second-round draft pick, Higgins finished his rookie season under Bicknell’s tutelage with 67 receptions for 908 yards and six touchdowns, his catch total tying a Bengals rookie record at the time.

Bicknell was a wide receivers coach at Baylor University and previously coached wides under Chip Kelly with the Philadelphia Eagles (2013-15) and San Francisco 49ers (2016). During his tenure with the Eagles, Bicknell helped guide DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jordan Matthews to career-leading receiving yardages and touchdown totals.

From 2010 to 2012, Bicknell was on the Buffalo Bills coaching staff, serving as tight ends coach from 2010 to 2011 and wide receivers coach in 2012, when he helped Stevie Johnson in his third season. consecutive 1,000 yard reception.

Bicknell broke into the NFL coaching ranks in 2007 with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he first served as assistant offensive line coach before being promoted to offensive line coach (2008) and then becoming a tight ends coach (2009). In 2008, Bicknell helped the Chiefs offensive line back up a powerful running offense that tied the AFC lead in rushing, at 4.8 yards per carry.

Prior to joining NFL coaching, Bicknell served as an offensive line coach at Temple University in 2006. Prior to his move to Temple, he spent eight years in NFL Europe (1998-2005), including stints as Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach for the Cologne Centurions (2004-05) and Berlin Thunder (2001-03). While in Europe, Bicknell won three consecutive World Bowls as part of the Thunder (2000-01) and Frankfurt Galaxy (1999) coaching staff. Bicknell began his coaching career at Boston University, where he coached safeties, running backs and linebackers from 1993 to 1997.

Bicknell was a three-year-old man of letters at Boston College’s tight end from 1989-91. 1990 and spent 13 seasons as the head coach of three NFL Europe teams before retiring in 2007. His brother, Jack, Jr., is currently the offensive line coach at the University of North Carolina, having served as an NFL assistant with several teams and also served as head coach at Louisiana Tech for eight seasons (1999-2006).

Clapp comes to New Orleans after playing in the NFL for two seasons (2010-11) and coaching college strength and conditioning for the past eight seasons. He joins the Saints after serving as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Alabama from 2020 to 2021, where he was part of a strength team that helped the Crimson Tide win the playoff championship. college football 2020 and featured six consensus All-Americans. and six NFL first-round draft picks and in the 2021 season have reached the title game and featured four consensus All-Americans, as well as the Heisman Trophy winner each of the past two seasons.

Clapp came to Tuscaloosa after serving as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Indiana University from 2015-2019 and a member of the strength staff at the University of Akron (2014-15) and the University of Arizona (2013-14). After a stellar college career in Oklahoma, the Phoenix, Arizona native was originally signed as a free agent by the Detroit Lions after the 2010 NFL Draft and served sparring stints with the Saints (2010), Indianapolis Colts (2010), Lions (2011), and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2011).

Moore is entering his first full season as a member of the Saints coaching staff after serving as a defensive trainee in 2021. The Antioch, Calif. native enjoyed a seven-year NFL career with the Saints (2016- 17), Buccaneers (2015), Dallas Cowboys (2012-14) and New England Patriots (2011-12), starting 31 of 75 career games, while racking up 185 tackles, six interceptions, 41 passes defensed, eight forced fumbles and three escape recoveries. In his rookie season in New Orleans in 2016, Moore appeared in 13 games with 12 starts and recorded a record 55 tackles (47 solo), two interceptions, a team lead and a career high of 14 passes defended and one forced fumble. Moore appeared in 19 games over two seasons at Southern Methodist (2009-10), where he recorded 59 tackles, 18 passes defended, two interceptions including one returned for a touchdown and a fumble recovery in the end zone for a score. He ended his professional football career with the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football in 2019.

{Courtesy: New Orleans Saints Exit}