Sean Payton calls Rob Ryan “passionate” and “confident”

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Saints coach Sean Payton didn’t know Rob Ryan well before considering him as a candidate to become the team’s new defensive coordinator. But now Payton is getting to know Ryan, and he likes what he’s learning.

Payton told Mike Florio that he expects Ryan’s approach to the game to make the Saints’ defense better.

“I spent a lot of time in researching Rob because we really didn’t know each other that well,” Payton said. “I kept hearing ‘passionate,’ ‘loyal,’ I kept hearing ‘confident,’ the players really play hard for him, and all of those qualities I think will be important for our defense. This is a game about passion and that’s what we’re looking for, you know players anybody in the building really in the framework of football operations we want them to have passion about their jobs. I think he has that and then really that guy that comes to work with the idea that the glass is half full and is looking forward to his next challenge. Now it’s up to us to try to as best we can through this free agency period and in the draft help our defense as much as we can and then pay close attention to what our players do well. I think that’s the most important element.”

Ryan is taking over a terrible defense that derailed the Saints’ 2012 season. Payton sounds confident that Ryan is going to turn things around.

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62 responses to “Sean Payton calls Rob Ryan “passionate” and “confident”

  1. The Lions coaching staff is extremely passionate and confident too, so is the mngmt and ownership. But what has that got us over the last few decades? Nothing! They are very desirable characteristics and critical for the NFL, but they are just part of the ingredients you need to have on your team. You also need high level thinking and planning with regards to strategy.

    Everybody in the NFL scores well with passion and confidence, but it is this latter set of attributes that are the holy grail that most teams struggle with.

  2. So overrated! Hes never had a top 10 rated defense despite having decent players. Sorry Buddy you’re not a has been, you’re a never will be. (Pun intended) btw i grew up loving Buddy Ryan, and i still bleed green. His sons are a joke!

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    Look, we win Super Bowls on a regular basis. How about yourself? We laugh at you and your family.

    You’re jealous?

  4. This move will either make Payton and Co. look like the smartest guys in the room or it will make Rob Ryan look for a job in the college ranks.

  5. I would choose the words “underwhelming” and “overrated” with “underachieving” thrown in there as well. Just like his Bro. A windbag that fails to back it up time and time again.

  6. Let me use a metaphor to describe the Rob Ryan Experience… And I’m a Rob Ryan fan.

    With Rob Ryan as D Coordinator picture the opposing team’s offense as a time bomb. The opposing team’s offense is going to explode a d erupt some time during the course of the game(most likely in the 4th quarter). You gotta make sure your team is far away from the blast on the scoreboard as possible or it would be a fat “L”.

    As long as you can distance your team on the scoreboard by a about 2-3 scores in the 4th quarter you’ll be alright.

  7. Is that the polite way of saying he’s an arrogant blowhard that’s way more bark than bite and really not proven anything significant? If so….yes

  8. How long before Ryan trashes the Saint’s D similar to what he did to the Cowboys? Oh, wait, the Saint’s D statistically can’t get any worse!

  9. Well, he certainly won’t make their defense worse! Rob leads middle of the pack defenses, which would be a huge improvement in NOLA.

  10. Oh he has nice things to say about the defensive coordinator he hired but hasn’t even coached a game with yet and wants to make sure doesnt upset? Very surprising.. I hate writers who actually sit there and listen to everything an athlete or coach says and chooses to believe every word. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy Florio even though I might not always agree with his points.

  11. Ha Ha, the hate just keeps coming. Your also going to hate losing to our Saints this season. Book it !!!

  12. Saints defense does not have to be great, not even good, just average. That will go a long way with an above average offense. Give the man some gumbo and watch him go. We dat, he dat, lets two dat Lombardi trophy.

  13. Ryan’s recent history had him with Oakland and Dallas. Are either of those teams known for a culture of winning? No, Dallas’ management is currently a madhouse hierarchy thanks to JJ who knows what’s going on in practically invisible year after year Oakland.

    New Orleans offers Rob Ryan the opportunity to coach on a team with an elite QB. The Saints, despite playing without a HC and logging the worst numbers in the history of the NFL on defense, were still able to recover from an 0-4 start and finish the season knocking on the door to the play-offs.

    Ryan wants to be a HC somewhere and this is his big opportunity to do or die. This job is his best chance to irradicate the notion that he is overrated.

  14. Admittedly one has to ponder how the saints defense could possibly get any worse. However, the saints have found that answer and they hired him just to prove it.

  15. When Ryan was at Cleveland, I thought he was the strength of the team. I think he gets the most out of his players and they will go through brick walls for him. That is what you want in a d-coord. I think he will do good in NO.

  16. He’s passionate about feet. (Payton whispers, or is that his brother). He’s passionate about defense (Sir that’s his brother thinking about Mevis). He’s passionate about…. crud, the dude like pie OK? He likes pie and pasta, and doughnuts, and BBQ, and cheese, anything with cheese. And chocolate, and marshmallows, and moon pies, and girls named Sally, and big men, and….

  17. With the powerful offense they have the Saint’s only need to be adequate on defense and they will be just fine in 2013. I don’t see Ryan having any problem fulfilling that based on his past defenses.

  18. Won’t do any good with that terrible defense unless they start targeting players again. Sorry Brees, you are a great QB, but a one hit wonder when it comes to SBs

  19. benroethlisberger7 says:
    I believe another team in your division just won the superbowl. You have ONE more superbowl than the Cowboys, ONE. You won’t be back in the playoffs for another 5 seasons. Great RBs and WRs you guys have over there

  20. @saintsly says:Mar 19, 2013 12:42 PM

    Ha Ha, the hate just keeps coming. Your also going to hate losing to our Saints this season. Book it !!!
    So your team just won what in March?

    You are an idiot!!!!

  21. raiderlyfe510 says:
    Mar 19, 2013 12:24 PM

    As long as you can distance your team on the scoreboard by a about 2-3 scores in the 4th quarter you’ll be alright.


    Drew Brees says, “2 – 3 scores? Ok.”

  22. As long as he’s willing to pay his players to intentioanlly injure opposing player I’m sure he’ll get along with Payton and the Saints just fine.

  23. His defense is built on little pressure, placing Db’s in bad situations….see last two defensive coordinator stints!

  24. He’s passionate. He’s confident. He’s just not very good.

    And if history is any indicator, in a couple years, Sean will be calling Rob his former coordinator.

  25. Right.
    Nothing more then a bag of wind.
    ATNA=All Talk, no action.
    Pencil in a continuation of a crappy defense.
    He promises, bit never delivers

  26. I’ve never been a big fan of the Ryan brothers, but I trust Coach Payton. He’s only lead us to the best stretch in franchise history.

    Saints will be back with a vengeance this season. Period.

  27. the saints only need a half decent D cuz the O is explosive…this past season the D was THE worst in the League and couldnt get off the field, which messed up the O’s rhythm …just an average D and the Saints will be back to SB form….and hard to beat

  28. you guys have great jokes…maybe you can tell a few and get a few laughs in between the Jimmy Graham TDs this season…ya gonna have to tell em fast though

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