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Kristian: Ryan a solid pick, if he gets the talent he needs

We didn't have to wait long to find out the next defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints.  It's former Dallas D.C Rob Ryan, twin brother of New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan and offspring of defensive mastermind Buddy Ryan.  

The hire came pretty quickly after Ryan interviewed with Sean Payton and company yesterday.  The Saints loved his pressure based 3-4 scheme, and aggressive style.  "He comes from a great football family, and if he has the talent here in New Orleans I think he can be pretty successful," says Saints color analyst Hokie Gajan.  

Ryan has been a Defensive Coordinator in the NFL since 2004.  He's brash, and a bit flamboyant, but has the swagger and confidence needed to inject some "nasty" into the Saints defense that was historically bad last season.  "I think Coach Payton obviously thinks Ryan is the best fit and the best guy to come in and work with the players currently on the roster," says Deke Bellavia.  
Last season in Dallas, Ryan dealt with an inordinate amount of injuries to several key players on his defense.  Jerry Jones fired Ryan after the season in Dallas.  Current Saints DB Jabari Greer told me, "I'm excited to get to work with our new defensive coordinator.  We have a lot of work to do, but we also have the men with the desire to get it done."  When the search started, Ryan's name wasn't at the top of my list.  However, it's a matter of trusting Sean Payton and company that this is the right decision.

Initially I questioned the possibility of Ryan landing in New Orleans, but after talking to several folks around the league, I have warmed up to the idea.  Ryan is extremely respected as a defensive mind in the NFL.  If the Saints acquire the talent for Ryan, he'll prove to be a solid pick up. 

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02/09/2013 9:54AM
Kristian: Ryan a solid pick, if he gets the talent he needs
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02/09/2013 12:28PM
Good Hire
I like the hire! Rob Ryan will bring an aggressive no holds barred attitude to the Saints D. Much like the ball hawking D we had with Gregg Williams. Love him or hate him Williams was an integral part of the Saints winning the Super Bowl in 2009. I think Ryan will bring back the TUDE we were sorely lacking last year. With the right personnel and aggressive mindset, the Saints D can definitely become a top twenty ranked defense again. Bring it on!
02/10/2013 12:38PM
Rod Guidry in Sacramento
Sean chose him and that is good enough for me. I also think the players will respond to him much more than Spag.
02/10/2013 12:43PM
Rod Guidry in Sacramento
With the worst defense in the NFL the Saints still win 7 games. The defense has only one way to go and that is up. I after being fired in Dallas by the ruler Jerry Jones, he will have a chip on his shoulder and want to prove Jerry wrong, which he was. Dallas's lost will be our gain. With Sean back we will be 6 games better in 2013.
02/10/2013 12:47PM
Rod Guidry in Sacramento
Mickey will get him the players he needs, while trimming the dead beats that did not play well last year. Maybe the Saints could trade down in the draft with Cincy and recoup a # 2, pick up another #3.
02/11/2013 11:22AM
good hire
cant get worst
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