Posted February 06, 2013

Report: Saints plan to hire Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator

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Rob Ryan is set to be hired by the Saints to be their defensive coordinator. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Rob Ryan is set to be hired by the Saints to be their defensive coordinator. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

The New Orleans Saints plan to hire former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan as its new defensive coordinator, reports ESPN.com.

Ryan, who was fired last month and was rumored to be the frontrunner for the St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator job, spent two seasons with the Cowboys and will replace Steve Spagnuolo, who was let go after one season with the team

But what a season it was. The 7-9 Saints set records for futility on the defensive side of the ball, giving up an NFL record 7,042 yards of total offense this past season. The Saints ranked dead last in the league in total defense, 31st in passing defense, last in rushing defense and gave up 454 points. Only the Tennessee Titans gave up more points.


10 comments
m.guszak
m.guszak

Man, what happened to Spagnuolo? Not a bad hire for the Saints. Ryan did a pretty good job with an pretty injury-laden Cowboys team.

joeshine730
joeshine730

stupid hire by the Saints. Rob Ryan is nothing but an uncouth slob who cannot coach. make Rob take a few showers and get a haircut and a shave and look presentable.

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

 @joeshine730 I agree on the shower, shave and haircut comment, but he IS a good coach. The Cowboys' defense improved rapidly under him after being in the 30s in certain categories. Again, he wasn't the problem there, but Jerry needed a scapegoat somewhere. He has talent to work with, and he will do well. He better make sure he has the job in writing. 

HappyForOurFans
HappyForOurFans

Diehard Cowboys fan and Rob Ryan was not the problem with the team last year. The defense kept the Cowboys in most games, while the offense often struggled for long stretches of the game. Jason Garrett must be a genius at office politics that he was able to convince Jerry to let go of Rob Ryan and keep himself around. Of the two games Jerry cited when he let Ryan go, Tony Romo had 5 interceptions in one game (including 2 TD interceptions) and the special teams had the team down 10-0 within 5 minutes in the other game. While I'm not a huge fan of Rob Ryan, for our owner to go through those 16 games and come to the conclusion Ryan was the problem simply astounds me. To hire Bill Callahan to improve the offense is just as astounding, but that's another issue entirely....

m.guszak
m.guszak

 @HappyForOurFans Garrett is not a genius at anything. I honestly believe that Jones has made moves to try to draw Gruden to the Cowboys. Hiring Kiffin, transferring play calling from Garrett to Callahan. Jason is on borrowed time and has no input into any coaching or player personnel decisions.

berndog56
berndog56

With Ryan, their defense should improve from #32 to #29.

renee
renee

 @berndog56 berndog, #29 may be optimistic. I was hoping he would go to another NFC East team.   That would have been great for the Giants!