A former Purdue offensive coordinator and longtime college football assistant coach is making a leap to the NFL.

The New Orleans Saints announced on Thursday that it has hired Jim Chaney to the staff. He will take on a role as an offensive analyst with the staff. This will be Chaney’s second stop in the NFL, having previously worked as the offensive line coach and tight ends coach with the St. Louis Rams from 2006-08.

Chaney has spent the last five seasons in the SEC, most recently serving as the offensive coordinator at Tennessee from 2019-20. Before that, he was an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Georgia from 2016-18.

Chaney spent a good portion of his career on Joe Tiller’s staff in the 1990s and 2000s. He started as a graduate assistant at Wyoming in 1993 and was promoted to offensive line coaching and run game coordinator in 1994. In 1997, Chaney followed Tiller to Purdue, where he was named the offensive coordinator.

While at Purdue from 1997-2005, Chaney coached quarterbacks like Drew Brees and Kyle Orton. Brees is still currently a member of the Saints organization, but he’s expected to announce his retirement this offseason.