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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. thirtyrackdash says: Mar 19, 2013 12:09 PM

    Later he added, “and often sweaty”

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 19, 2013 12:13 PM

    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.

  3. gochargersgo says: Mar 19, 2013 12:14 PM

    “Passionate” = “Insane”
    “Confident” = “Arrogant” & “Abrasive”

  4. bucrightoff says: Mar 19, 2013 12:14 PM

    Also could be adjectives to describe Rob’s attitude towards the dinner table

  5. blacknole08 says: Mar 19, 2013 12:14 PM

    He didn’t call him a winner though.

  6. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 19, 2013 12:15 PM

    He forgot “over-rated”…

  7. tripoint9109 says: Mar 19, 2013 12:16 PM

    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!

  8. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 19, 2013 12:17 PM

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

    You’re jealous?

  9. jcmeyer10 says: Mar 19, 2013 12:18 PM

    Oh yah, he’s passionate alright, passionate about what’s on his sandwich.

  10. catquick says: Mar 19, 2013 12:18 PM

    He called him “passionate, confident, and a great lovr”

  11. purplekoolaid1 says: Mar 19, 2013 12:21 PM

    Most overrated DC in the NFL.

  12. tenotnamedmiller says: Mar 19, 2013 12:22 PM

    Also cultured and a little malnourished.

  13. yougotgirouxed says: Mar 19, 2013 12:22 PM

    Passionate about eating pizza and confident he can finish the whole thing.

  14. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 19, 2013 12:24 PM

    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.

  15. ubepunkedagain says: Mar 19, 2013 12:24 PM

    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.

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

    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.

  17. bengalguy says: Mar 19, 2013 12:25 PM

    ……and Chubby!!!

  18. andyreidisthegoat says: Mar 19, 2013 12:28 PM

    That’s funny, everybody else just calls him overrated.

  19. coltzfan166 says: Mar 19, 2013 12:30 PM

    I don’t think there’s any doubt about his level of confidence

  20. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 19, 2013 12:31 PM

    Rob Ryan looks like a mix between Hulk Hogan and Kenny Rodgers.

  21. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 19, 2013 12:32 PM

    The Ryan family really lacks confidence.

    – Said no one ever.

  22. smcgaels1997 says: Mar 19, 2013 12:35 PM

    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

  23. pats777 says: Mar 19, 2013 12:35 PM

    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!

  24. gpry says: Mar 19, 2013 12:38 PM

    Yea but does he have the same passion for his sister in laws feet?

  25. tjjohnson98 says: Mar 19, 2013 12:41 PM

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

  26. bleedgreen88 says: Mar 19, 2013 12:42 PM

    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.

  27. 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 !!!

  28. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 19, 2013 12:43 PM

    That sounds like something off a profile.

  29. andyreidisthegoat says: Mar 19, 2013 12:47 PM

    Rob Ryan looks like a mix between Hulk Hogan and Kenny Rodgers.

    and ron jeremy

  30. cooklynn17 says: Mar 19, 2013 12:54 PM

    Fat, clueless and stupid also would surfice.

  31. iberiasaint says: Mar 19, 2013 12:56 PM

    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.

  32. mhs8031 says: Mar 19, 2013 12:58 PM

    without reason

  33. timlally says: Mar 19, 2013 12:59 PM

    but his defenses are still aweful

  34. dublindemonszfl says: Mar 19, 2013 1:10 PM

    AND, not all that fond of feet.

  35. goawayeverybody says: Mar 19, 2013 1:17 PM

    This is all very interesting but may I interject with a non-sequitir?

    The Chargers suck.

  36. nolagirl says: Mar 19, 2013 1:17 PM

    Great interview of Sean Payton, Mr. Florio, thank you!

  37. keylimelight says: Mar 19, 2013 1:17 PM

    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.

  38. keylimelight says: Mar 19, 2013 1:20 PM

    Erm…that’s “…thanks to JJ AND who knows what’s…”

  39. IBleedBlueBitchez says: Mar 19, 2013 1:22 PM

    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.

  40. tndiver says: Mar 19, 2013 1:22 PM

    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.

  41. boogerhut says: Mar 19, 2013 1:27 PM

    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….

  42. dvdman123 says: Mar 19, 2013 1:39 PM

    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.

  43. bigbenh8tr says: Mar 19, 2013 1:44 PM

    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

  44. bigbenh8tr says: Mar 19, 2013 1:45 PM

    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

  45. whatjusthapped says: Mar 19, 2013 1:50 PM

    The downfall of the Saints begins with this hire, mark it down, folks, the Saints aren’t going anywhere with Rob Ryan in charge of the defense.

  46. dexterismyhero says: Mar 19, 2013 1:57 PM

    @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!!!!

  47. asseenonokra says: Mar 19, 2013 2:07 PM

    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.”

  48. zn0rseman says: Mar 19, 2013 2:23 PM

    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.

  49. ccjcsr says: Mar 19, 2013 2:23 PM

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

  50. musicman495 says: Mar 19, 2013 2:40 PM

    I like Sean Payton, but I think this hiring will prove to be a mistake…unless the Saints win the Super Bowl, of course.

  51. geefan1 says: Mar 19, 2013 3:18 PM

    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.

  52. starderup says: Mar 19, 2013 3:42 PM

    I wish that was the last time I saw that cheater’s face.

  53. thejuddstir says: Mar 19, 2013 3:49 PM

    When will the media forget about Rexy and Robbie and what they have to say???????

  54. pjrhc says: Mar 19, 2013 4:00 PM

    Talk = loud.
    Actions = dumb.
    Hire = fail.

  55. baddorange says: Mar 19, 2013 4:12 PM

    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

  56. knew8411 says: Mar 19, 2013 4:24 PM

    Id call him a heart attack waiting to happen.

  57. uptjeff says: Mar 19, 2013 5:30 PM

    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.

  58. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 19, 2013 6:10 PM

    If by “confident” you mean thinks his defense is better than it really is and likes to talk smack to teams bettter than his, then Ryan is definitely confident.

  59. gvicknair says: Mar 19, 2013 7:40 PM

    Boy, bunch of haters on here!!! We shall see.

  60. fan73 says: Mar 22, 2013 4:41 AM

    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

  61. fan73 says: Mar 22, 2013 4:42 AM

    gotta be better than Spag was, sheezzzz

  62. fan73 says: Mar 22, 2013 4:55 AM

    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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