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Saints Hire Schonert to Coach QBs

February 5, 2005

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ The New Orleans Saints hired former NFL quarterback Turk Schonert as their quarterbacks coach Saturday.

Schonert’s last NFL job was with the New York Giants in 2003. He also coached with the Carolina Panthers in 2001, the Buffalo Bills from 1998-2000 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1992-95.

``Turk has played the position and spent years refining the skills of quarterbacks within West Coast offenses similar to what we have had the last five years,″ Saints coach Jim Haslett said.

In 10 seasons with Cincinnati and Atlanta, Schonert completed 311 of 504 passes for 3,788 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was 7-5 in 12 career starts.

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