Wait, wait, wait a minute! The Saints hired Rob Ryan as the new defensive coordinator? The man who learned from his daddy, Buddy, who just so happens to be the same person who mentored former DC Gregg Williams? Rob Ryan, the same coach whose defense has NEVER EVER made an appearance in the postseason?
As a matter of fact, let’s pause a second to take a look at Ryan’s track record as a defensive coordinator:
2012: 19th (Dallas)
2011: 14th (Dallas)
2010: 22rd (Cleveland)
2009: 31st (Cleveland)
2008: 27th (Oakland)
2007: 22nd (Oakland)
2006: 3rd (Oakland)
2005: 27th (Oakland)
2004: 30th (Oakland)
Not the most glowing resume'. Like his brother Rex and his dad, Rob has been more talk than results.
Ryan now faces the task of turning around the NFL's 32nd ranked defense in 2012. (Nowhere to go but up!)
I guess the good news is the Fleur Di Lis D really only needs to be average for this team to be among the NFL’s elite again. The unit was ranked dead last this past season and the team still managed to win 7 games! Oh yeah, they also had no head coach for the entire year, and even the interim was suspended for part of it.
I know the hiring of Rob Ryan is not a popular one, but all I can say to the Who Dat Nation is …in Sean Payton we trust, right?