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Meet Saints' Coaches: Michael Hodges

Pierre St-Jean
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NEW ORLEANS, LA -- Michael Hodges is a coach of the New Orleans Saints. In 2021, he coaches the linebackers.

Previously, he served as a defensive assistant in 2017 before being promoted to assistant linebackers coach in 2019. A season later, Hodges is announced as the linebacker's coach.

Hodges is an alumnus of Texas A&M University. Before playing for the Aggies, he initially played college football at the United States Air Force Academy on a scholarship before transferring to Blinn College in Brenham, Tex.

Before coaching the Saints, Hodges debuted his coaching career in his alma mater, TexasA&M, as a strength and conditioning assistant in 2011. Then he moved to Fresno State as a graduate assistant when he coached from 2012 to 2013. He spends three seasons in Eastern Illinois, initially as a linebackers coach from 2014 to 2015, and a co-defensive coordinator in 2016 while also serving as a safeties' coach.

In his first season as the Saints' linebackers coach, Hodges made a breakthrough with his players. Veteran linebacker Demario Davis posted a team-leading 119 tackles, four sacks, and six passes defended, allowing him to be chosen to second-team All-Pro. Davis led the Saints in tackles for the third straight season.

Under Hodges' leadership, Kwon Alexander was able to carve out a role in the Saints' defense following a midseason trade. Alexander started all games he played in, tying for the team lead with two fumble recoveries.

In 2019, Hodges' assistance with the linebackers featured solid production from the unit. Under his tutelage, Davis was selected as an AP first-team All-Pro as the inside linebacker piled 111 tackles, which lead the team along with four sacks, one interception, and a career-high 11 passes defended.

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