Nielsen: A top DC candidate? motovich Junior Member Joined: Aug 24, 2017 Messages: 286 Likes Received: 376 Dec 30, 2019 #1 Former USC defensive tackle Ryan Nielsen could be a leading candidate for the open defensive coordinator position, according to one source. He is currently the defensive line coach for the New Orleans Saints, and he's considered a hot commodity in the NFL. He helped turn the Saints into a force against the run and in the pass rush. He's also a former DL coach and recruiting coordinator at North Carolina State, where he had great success recruiting and developing his players. Troy70, TrojanRider4Life, jjg4sc and 4 others like this.