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Source: Rob Ryan to Saints “basically a done deal”

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Last night, differing (and not necessarily contradictory) reports emerged regarding the status of Rob Ryan as the Saints’ next defensive coordinator.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Saints “plan” to hire Ryan.  Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that the Saints will interview Ryan on Friday, a day after they interview Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

We confirmed the latter before calling it a night.  Now, we can confirm the former.

Per a league source, Ryan to the Saints is “basically a done deal.”

That said, Ryan to the Rams was “basically a done deal.”  And if we’ve learned anything so far this offseason, it’s that there’s no such thing as a done deal until the deal is done.

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56 Responses to “Source: Rob Ryan to Saints “basically a done deal””
  1. dkrauss93 says: Feb 6, 2013 8:20 AM

    Congrats to Rob Ryan and I think this should be an interesting fit. If he can get this D to play well, they’ll be a very dangerous team next yr. On a side note, I believe this took over 5 minutes for him to find a home.

  2. cardsfann1 says: Feb 6, 2013 8:21 AM

    Wish he would’ve been hired as the d coordinator of the Cards instead of Bowels!!! Good hire by the Saints. Thier defense is about as bad as my Cardinals offense right now!!!

  3. 85pmart says: Feb 6, 2013 8:28 AM

    Done deal? Stick a HUGE fork into Rob, he’s the only thing that’s “done”.

  4. reasonablemindsays says: Feb 6, 2013 8:31 AM

    Maybe Rob can pass the physical this time.

  5. kerc1986 says: Feb 6, 2013 8:36 AM

    Bussines in the front, party on the back.

  6. sg419 says: Feb 6, 2013 8:37 AM

    95% chance this happens

  7. tincansailor981 says: Feb 6, 2013 8:39 AM

    please, please, don’t do this.

  8. jwil007 says: Feb 6, 2013 8:46 AM

    I think he is going to do well actually…. Bet he gets the Saints defense to 15 or so in the 1st season..and I’m not a Saints fan….

  9. gnorules says: Feb 6, 2013 8:51 AM

    Wasn’t Ryan to the Rams a “done deal” before too?

  10. ytownie says: Feb 6, 2013 8:54 AM

    Has Rob worked anywhere longer than 2 years? Cleveland 2 years then fired. Dallas 2 years then fired. Doesn’t that tell you something? He and his brothers are the two greatest self promoters in the league, but its all talk and no action.

  11. stigman2012 says: Feb 6, 2013 8:54 AM

    That’s what the Rams said five minutes ago.

  12. bear0402 says: Feb 6, 2013 8:55 AM

    Wasn’t his being signed by the Rams a done deal at one point too?

  13. bdl08 says: Feb 6, 2013 9:22 AM

    That was the longets 5 minutes in the history of time keeping …

  14. lightcleric says: Feb 6, 2013 9:24 AM

    To be fair, while I dislike this hire, he did sort of end up being the fall guy for Jason Garrett last year. Fox example i.e. Jerry Jones specifically cited the Bears game where the real problem was Romo throwing 5 INTs.

    My problem with Rob is that he just does too many needlessly exotic things and weird fronts that don’t actually accomplish anything. I hope he’ll be more adaptive to the personnel than Spags was and hopefully we’ll have someone like Dion Jordan to beef up the 3-4 as well.

  15. SeenThisB4 says: Feb 6, 2013 9:26 AM

    I hope the Saints steer in another direction after they interview Rob Ryan; he’s over-rated, a slob and a media hound. And that’s just what we know of on the surface. Go elsewhere Sean Payton, go elsewhere for your DC.

  16. givemericewiththat says: Feb 6, 2013 9:32 AM

    Is he a good defensive coordinator?

  17. mungman69 says: Feb 6, 2013 9:33 AM

    Who will listen to a fat jerk? Man, this should be fun to watch.

  18. mojosmagic says: Feb 6, 2013 9:36 AM

    Another retread survivor who always finds a way to land on his feet. In my opinion an overrated coach who seems to wear out his welcome pretty fast.

  19. paulsmith107 says: Feb 6, 2013 9:40 AM

    Every year lack of talent is blamed for rob Ryan’s defensive failures when actually it’s his trash game plan and lack of in game adjustments. As a Dallas fan we too were excited for rob Ryan but the truth is he is all talk no bite. The saints and Sean Payton most of all will grow tired of his big mouth and bigger failures and will be gone in two years

  20. letmesetyoustraight says: Feb 6, 2013 9:43 AM

    I doubt seriously that it is a d”done deal”. On Mike & Mike this morning, Payton said that he will conduct 2-4 interviews. Ryan and Grantham are two of them. He also said he is awaiting permission to talk to two others. Probably Donntell and Tomsula from SF.

  21. boobsmcgoo says: Feb 6, 2013 9:45 AM

    The more you say it, the less I believe it.

  22. randolph32 says: Feb 6, 2013 9:51 AM

    If you believe anything that’s said on Mike & Mike you’re delusional….

  23. gregmorris78 says: Feb 6, 2013 9:57 AM

    I think the Cowboys should have kept him for another year and Garrett should have been allowed to coach his way one more season but alas, Jerry Jones has surpassed Dan Snyder in meddling…

  24. doubleogator says: Feb 6, 2013 9:58 AM

    Please say it ain’t so!!

  25. vegasvinnie says: Feb 6, 2013 9:59 AM

    When Jay Glazer reports it, then ESPN claims that they broke it, I’ll believe it.

  26. forreels says: Feb 6, 2013 10:06 AM

    New Bounty System:

    Rob Ryan loses a pound for every hard hit

    Rob Ryan punches his brother in the face for every injury.

    Rob Ryan kicks Buddy in the nuts for every QB taken out of the game.

    I 100% approve of this system.

  27. hor2012 says: Feb 6, 2013 10:15 AM

    I wish they would have gotten Romo just from the stand point of public relations. I think Ryan is a lot like Greg Williams. On the up side if he can get us back to the middle of the pack on D we should be in NY next year

  28. mazblast says: Feb 6, 2013 10:19 AM

    If true, Saints fans have my condolences. This guy is all circus parade and no circus performance.

  29. footballfan58 says: Feb 6, 2013 10:28 AM

    Does this mean the Saints are going to be the “Jets” of the NFC?

  30. thejuddstir says: Feb 6, 2013 10:36 AM

    Rob-boy had one of the best defenses, personnel-wise, in Dallas but couldn’t do anything. Now one of the worst defenses in the league, saints, are going hire him and expect improvement??? Mr. I’ll have a job in 5 minutes couldn’t even get hired by his twin loud-mouth brother in NY who’s team is in free-fall. Makes you laugh at how good coaches get fired and never get another chance but bad coaches who can sell the b.s. keep getting chance after chance. Rob Ryan didn’t develop an above average defense at any team he was DC for….NONE, zero, nada but his mouth gets him chances. Rexy prolly didn’t want to hire him in NY because Rexy was afraid that Robbie would ruin the good gig Rexy has going there with snowballing the owner.

  31. larryjames836 says: Feb 6, 2013 11:03 AM

    These rumors are not true Sean Payton head coach of the New Orleans Saints has not made a decision as of yet. He has at least 3 to 4 candidates he are looking at, so Rob Ryan is not the Saints defensive coordinater.

  32. musicman495 says: Feb 6, 2013 11:03 AM

    Sean Payton – whom one would think should also be a “source” on this story, said this morning he will be bringing in two or three candidates – including Ryan and “some position coaches (read Ravens or 49ers position coaches) and decide next week. That does not sound like “basically a done deal” to me.

  33. musicman495 says: Feb 6, 2013 11:06 AM

    What are the chances that the sources for all these coaching hire “done deals” are the coach’s own agent, who is trying to grease the skids for it to happen?

  34. saintsstillwillwin says: Feb 6, 2013 11:09 AM

    I don’t believe the Saints need a shut down defense just an attacking one to compliment the offense. At this point anyone will be an upgrade over spag”oh hell no”..

  35. 7ransponder says: Feb 6, 2013 11:56 AM

    These 2 (the Saints and Ryan) deserve each other, that’s for sure.

  36. ilovefoolsball says: Feb 6, 2013 12:12 PM

    Who is this mysterious source? Adam Schefter’s left foot?

  37. daknight93 says: Feb 6, 2013 12:13 PM

    Adam Schefter was a good reporter on NFL network, but ever since being hired at ESPN..he has been awful; I’m waiting on Jay Glazer to confirm hiring…Sean Payton is interviewing 2-4 candidates and waiting on permission from 2 other teams and will make a decision in a week.

  38. pirate472 says: Feb 6, 2013 12:24 PM

    Heh, Gregg Williams gained 50 lbs within 2 years in New Orleans. Rob will double that within one season of consuming gumbo, beignets, and shrimp po’ boy sandwichs! He’ll become a human float for Mardi Gras!

  39. 3fingerlenny says: Feb 6, 2013 12:53 PM

    Fat boy rob

  40. thejuddstir says: Feb 6, 2013 12:59 PM

    saintsstillwillwin says:Feb 6, 2013 11:09 AM

    I don’t believe the Saints need a shut down defense just an attacking one to compliment the offense. At this point anyone will be an upgrade over spag”oh hell no”..
    =============================
    Not for or against Spags but God himself couldn’t have did anything with the defensive personnel of the Saints. Terrible defense players.

  41. 69finfan says: Feb 6, 2013 1:01 PM

    It’s a done deal when his first paycheck clears!

  42. 88ibis says: Feb 6, 2013 1:09 PM

    “Basically a done deal” is basically the same thing as “basically not a done deal”.

  43. ruggyup says: Feb 6, 2013 1:22 PM

    GQ front cover boy Rob Ryan reminds of Dandy Don Meredith singing,”The party’s over now”. Say goodnight Saints.

  44. mec693 says: Feb 6, 2013 1:27 PM

    Sorry about all u ryan haters but if there is one thing they can do its coach a defense.. it runs in their blood and I guarantee that if rob lands this job his defense will be top 12 barring injury just like dallas went from 31 the previous year to 8th for most of last year.. after most of their starters, 2nd stringers and even some 3rd stringers were injured they ended up at 17 but thats still hell of a lot better than 31 with most of the same parts

  45. purplegreenandgold says: Feb 6, 2013 1:34 PM

    thejuddstir says: Feb 6, 2013 12:59 PM

    saintsstillwillwin says:Feb 6, 2013 11:09 AM

    I don’t believe the Saints need a shut down defense just an attacking one to compliment the offense. At this point anyone will be an upgrade over spag”oh hell no”..
    =============================
    Not for or against Spags but God himself couldn’t have did anything with the defensive personnel of the Saints. Terrible defense players.
    =============================
    I know… it seems they played in Falcon playoff mode all year…wouldnt YOU agree

  46. jerruhjones says: Feb 6, 2013 1:42 PM

    Hey Rob…1978 called and wants its haircut back.

  47. accipiterq says: Feb 6, 2013 2:08 PM

    ugh. HE’S. NOT. GOOD. His highest finishing defense was 19th in the league a few years back.

  48. realitycheck21 says: Feb 6, 2013 2:14 PM

    Payton is way more intelligent than to hire that loser retread as their DC. I don’t believe it. It’s the rumor mill working overtime.

  49. baloneyjohn says: Feb 6, 2013 2:27 PM

    This blow hard, if hired, will doom the Saints
    Good.

  50. Myron Mesecke says: Feb 6, 2013 2:41 PM

    He has to be the biggest looking slob in the NFL. Lose some (a lot of) weight and get a haircut. While he was on the sideline at Dallas he was an embarrassment to the memory of Tom Landry and the style and grace he had.

    But I do have to give him some credit for being able to have any sort of defense at all with all the injuries the Cowboys defense had in 2012.

    Given a complete, healthy roster of starters he would probably still have a job.

  51. dezmick says: Feb 6, 2013 2:48 PM

    Well that was a long five minutes!

  52. ss376 says: Feb 6, 2013 3:31 PM

    You can’t get any worse than last year, which was the worst ever. A switch to a 3-4 has to help. I just wish the Giants would bring Spagnuolo back home.

  53. chawk12thman says: Feb 6, 2013 3:36 PM

    Reporting a source that says “Basically a done deal” means that as far as the source is conserned he feels that “basically it is a done deal.” Doesn’t mean anything other than we know that Rob Ryan has agreed to interview for the position, along with at least one other.

    Please advise when he gets a job. This is the longest five minutes of my life.

  54. tombradyswig says: Feb 6, 2013 4:19 PM

    Source: in other news, Saints D will continue to suck!

  55. albanyjints says: Feb 6, 2013 10:23 PM

    His brother didn’t even want him.

  56. tavia47 says: Feb 7, 2013 9:12 AM

    Haters gone Hate, Hate on I love it the Sheriff is back in town.

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