According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, Rob Ryan has been named the defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints. This news was later confirmed by the official team website of the New Orleans Saints. The Saints hope that Ryan cane come in and save a defense that gave up an astounding 440 yards per game in the 2012 season.
“We have experience in preparing and playing against his defenses and they’ve always been challenging in terms of the different looks and pressures that they feature,” New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said after Ryan was named defensive coordinator on Saturday, “We’ve had the chance to visit with each other and talk about our visions for our team and I’m excited about moving forward as we prepare for the 2013 season.”
This will be Ryan’s fourth defensive coordinator job since 2004. He has previously coordinated the Oakland Raiders Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys and now, the New Orleans Saints.
It was reported a couple of weeks ago that Ryan would become the new defensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams, but that deal fell through after scheme issues became evident.
Rob Ryan was fired as defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys about one month ago. When Ryan was asked how long he was going to be out, he replied, “I’ll be out of work for like, five minutes.” It wasn’t exactly five minutes, but nevertheless, Rob Ryan will be defensive coordinator once again.