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.