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Rob Ryan thinks he’s a perfect fit for Saints defense

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Though it took him a little longer than his self-proclaimed five minutes, Rob Ryan found a job this offseason.

And considering his personality, it might have been in the perfect spot.

Ryan talked to reporters in New Orleans for the first time Thursday, and said he was fortunate to land with a team that had the worst defense in league history last year, because they both have something to prove.

He referred back to his firing by the Cowboys, and the Super Bowl he won in New Orleans as a member of the Patriots staff, calling himself “lucky” to be where he was.

“These guys have been well-coached before. They’re smart. They’re just ready to win,” Ryan said, via Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I think we all have a chip on our shoulder after last season. . . .

“I know everybody is on the same path. That big sign that used to be up there [in the Saints’ indoor practice facility] — ‘Do Your Job’ — I’ve heard those words before. I plan on doing it. I’ve got two Super Bowl rings, one of them won out here in sweet, live ass New Orleans as part of a great organization.”

Yeah, he should fit right in.

The Saints could use a shot of confidence, after allowing a league-record 7,042 yards last year. Ryan can provide that.

He admitted he “got my feelings hurt” when he was fired, but said he was “very fortunate” to land with Sean Payton, and he clearly enjoys the challenge ahead of him.

“I like his passion,” Payton said. “You know, he’s someone that I spent a lot of time researching and arriving at that decision, guys that I know very well that have worked with him.

“I like the way players respond and I think he’s a perfect fit for what we’re looking for.”

Now all he has to do is find enough players to adapt to his scheme, and he might finally end up a coordinator for a team with a winning record.

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57 Responses to “Rob Ryan thinks he’s a perfect fit for Saints defense”
  1. fiverings37 says: May 24, 2013 6:36 AM

    he’s right..he sucks and they do too. Perfect.

  2. flmike says: May 24, 2013 6:39 AM

    Rob, like his brother Rex are completely over-rated, he couldn’t do anything with a pretty talented Dallas D, what make shim think he can do anything with a less talented Saints D?

  3. jimjets says: May 24, 2013 6:40 AM

    There’s a shock…..RR likes New Orleans and is confident.

    I think this is put up or shut up time for him…he needs players, but if they ever have ANY defense, they’re a scary team.

  4. bigblue732 says: May 24, 2013 6:44 AM

    Rob Ryan & Perfect Fit should never be used in the same sentence.

  5. snowman36 says: May 24, 2013 6:44 AM

    I swear he said the same thing when he got to Dallas. And then he was introduced to Robert Griffin III.

  6. uncletuna says: May 24, 2013 6:47 AM

    As a Saints fan, hoping the Big Lebowski can turn this defense into Team Grabowski…

  7. droyer85 says: May 24, 2013 6:51 AM

    Of course they’ll have a winning record, you’re talking about a team that was 13-3, 11-5 and 13-3 before playing without their head coach last year. There’s no reason to think they won’t be back to double digit wins. Oh and a lot of the same defensive players who were on the 13-3, 11-5, and 13-3 teams were on the team last year when their stats were historically bad. So it’s hard to say the players aren’t talented, it makes more sense to say that Spagnuolo’s scheme didn’t fit the personnel they have and he refused to change it to adapt to the players he had.

    This year the Saints defense will be ranked 15-20th which is all they need to be super bowl contenders. When you have a top 5 offense every year, all you need is a middle of the road defense.

  8. ninthwardfriend says: May 24, 2013 6:51 AM

    The 2013 Ryan games have begun!

  9. orndorf2 says: May 24, 2013 6:53 AM

    Yeah, he’s a good fit alright. He’s basically Greg Williams without the bounty stuff…..the talk, bravado & weird personnel packages. Yep, he’s gonna fit in well. Actually, all of that sounds a lot like Sean Payton.

  10. mlenenski says: May 24, 2013 6:56 AM

    Rob ryan did a good job in dallas. Injuries on defense at the end of the season were hard to play through. Could substitutions have saved the day. Maybe. But guys playing on bad knees with limp arms are easy to beat. Rob kept his injured studs in too long. So Jerry fired him for that I guess.

  11. flippinhonda says: May 24, 2013 6:58 AM

    The Ryan brothers are annoying..

  12. cowpiesnotcowboys says: May 24, 2013 7:01 AM

    A historically overrated coach with a historically bad defense is a perfect match.

  13. mungman69 says: May 24, 2013 7:17 AM

    He also thought that he was a perfect fit for Dallas.

  14. goldenbear15 says: May 24, 2013 7:23 AM

    Wow, what a shock! He has always had a rather high opinion of himself and this obviously has not changed.

  15. chc4 says: May 24, 2013 7:25 AM

    The Falcons, Bus and Panthers think he is the perfect fit too. He failed with a much more talented Cowboys D last season.

  16. jjb0811 says: May 24, 2013 7:27 AM

    It’d serve the Ryan brothers well to stay away from microphones.

  17. deathspiralx says: May 24, 2013 7:27 AM

    Rob and Rex sure spend a lot more time talking than doing.

  18. pnut87 says: May 24, 2013 7:32 AM

    I’d be hard pressed to find a fit for him anywhere…

    See what I did there?

  19. skins4me says: May 24, 2013 7:49 AM

    Yeah he just might be. Because he alright against the collage crap, its the pro offences he cant handle. He said so himself!!

  20. mikellie says: May 24, 2013 7:53 AM

    He thought he was a perfect fit in Cleveland and Dallas too. No one love’s Rob Ryan more than Rob Ryan. Saints took a step back by hiring him.

  21. filthymcnasty1 says: May 24, 2013 8:00 AM

    The only way he’s a perfect fit is if the Saints have a size 3XXL opening for him.

  22. gbmickey says: May 24, 2013 8:00 AM

    Here we go again. The fat brothers have never found a camera or a mic they didnt like.

    Of course he thinks he is a perfect fit. As pathetic as that defense is could it get any worse? No matter what he does this season it will look like an improvement. It will take a couple years before he displays that he really isnt a very good coach.

  23. roadtrip3500 says: May 24, 2013 8:07 AM

    Rob also thought he’d be unemployed for about 17 seconds after Dallas fired him.

  24. officialgame says: May 24, 2013 8:11 AM

    Not a fan of Rob though he does have passion for the game. I also know he followed Wade Phillips in Dallas and didn’t come close to getting it done.

  25. cmdrsmooth says: May 24, 2013 8:21 AM

    A Ryan boasting he’s the best. You would think with that big belly, he may have eaten a Humble Pie or two.

  26. rubicon202 says: May 24, 2013 8:21 AM

    Why he keeps getting these D coordinator jobs is beyond me?

  27. bennyb82 says: May 24, 2013 8:29 AM

    Somebody needs to ask him where Calvin Johnson ranks on the Saints…

  28. tv426 says: May 24, 2013 8:37 AM

    This D should be pretty good. Spags D just didn’t fit the personnel. The Saints drafted and acquired FAs that could attack and play man. Spags tried to take them and make them a read and react D with a total absence of blitzing (with the exception of the Philly game which they dominated).

    Spags was the problem, not the players. He was hell bent on fitting a square peg into a round hole.

    Now that they have a DC that wants to attack, they should be just fine.

  29. flowadelph says: May 24, 2013 8:38 AM

    So does Juan Castillo

  30. lightcleric says: May 24, 2013 8:44 AM

    As a Saints fan I’m still not entirely sold on him but I think he’s much better than I first thought. He’s an aggressive coach; it drove me nuts when Gregg Williams blitzed +50% of the time, but last year made me realize that’s what this defensive unit is built to do and will fail horribly in a “traditional” defense. It also says a lot that several of Dallas’ players came to play for him here.

    But please, Rob…cut your hair…

  31. dmitchell624 says: May 24, 2013 8:49 AM

    Wow an extremely confident, self-promoting Ryan, stunner….. So different from the rest of………oh wait….

  32. conormacleod says: May 24, 2013 8:56 AM

    Good lord. I see the Saints have zero intention of trying to clean up their reputation. They’re becoming another Raiders franchise. Except this isn’t 1970, and the NFL now frowns upon insanity.

  33. salmen76 says: May 24, 2013 8:57 AM

    As soon as the Goofy cowboys fired Rob Ryan i began wishing Sean Payton would hire him. And when i learned Sean hired him i knew right then the Saints are going back to the SB. Rob Ryan’s D will be aggressive, focused and down-right NASTY! The Cowboys had one of the best D coordinators in the league and they fired him. Wow. The Cowboys “offense” couldn’t beat the Saints D last year in Cowboys Stadium when it was ranked last in the league and they didn’t even have a head coach. The Saints play the cowboys again this year and i can assure you with Rob Ryan as our DC and with coach back on November 10th in the New Orleans Mercedes Benz Superdome the cowboys will get scorched by the Saints! Geaux Saints!

  34. floridaslonechargersfan says: May 24, 2013 9:10 AM

    How is this guy going to deal with his side of the ball being the clear second class group on this team? The Saints wont lose games with 13-10 scores. If they lose, I’d more than willing to bet its because this defense resembled butter and the opposing offense resembled a hot knife. Can’t wait for the post-game press conferences.

  35. droyer85 says: May 24, 2013 9:16 AM

    Of course they’ll have a winning record, you’re talking about a team that was 13-3, 11-5 and 13-3 before playing without their head coach last year. There’s no reason to think they won’t be back to double digit wins. Oh and a lot of the same defensive players who were on the 13-3, 11-5, and 13-3 teams were on the team last year when their stats were historically bad. So it’s hard to say the players aren’t talented, it makes more sense to say that Spagnuolo’s scheme didn’t fit the personnel they have and he refused to change it to adapt to the players he had.

    This year the Saints defense will be ranked 15-20th which is all they need to be super bowl contenders. When you have a top 5 offense every year, all you need is a middle of the road defense.

  36. thesteelers says: May 24, 2013 9:18 AM

    His fat conforms to any mold.

  37. thejuddstir says: May 24, 2013 9:30 AM

    Sooner or later someone is going to look at what Rob Ryan has accomplished instead of just listening to the hot air that he blows……and that will be the end of his coaching career.

  38. mgmac says: May 24, 2013 9:34 AM

    Rob Ryan, like all the Ryan’s that coach need to do two things

    1. coach
    2. keep their mouths shut

  39. bobby927 says: May 24, 2013 9:34 AM

    Just like he was the perfrct fit for the Raiders and the Cowboys. Another blowhard, just like his brother.

  40. 16x8equal49ers says: May 24, 2013 9:44 AM

    He’s got such a big head, even the baseball cap doesn’t fit lol.

  41. pjrhc says: May 24, 2013 9:48 AM

    Hire = Fail.

  42. mvp43 says: May 24, 2013 9:50 AM

    RR will be saying the same things for his next team in 3 years….

  43. droyer85 says: May 24, 2013 9:54 AM

    When has Rob Ryan had a top 5 offense as a defensive coordinator?

    Never. But he will this year. This is new territory for him. This team will be right back to the double digit wins they had with Gregg Williams who also ran a Buddy Ryan defense and the players the Saints have are suited for it.

  44. bobby927 says: May 24, 2013 10:05 AM

    Just like he was the perfect fit for the Raiders and the Cowboys. Another blowhard, just like his brother.

  45. mcwest1 says: May 24, 2013 10:22 AM

    @lightcleric

    Ryan grows his hair to donate to cancer patients.

  46. mcwest1 says: May 24, 2013 10:26 AM

    The article’s title is really very misleading.

    Reading Ryan’s words, one could say it is implied that he feels as though he’s a perfect fit for the Saints. But it was Payton who actually said it

    “I like his passion,” Payton said. “You know, he’s someone that I spent a lot of time researching and arriving at that decision, guys that I know very well that have worked with him.

    “I like the way players respond and I think he’s a perfect fit for what we’re looking for.”

  47. yourignorancespreads says: May 24, 2013 10:42 AM

    Droyer85. Well said. I couldn’t agree more. Alot of the same players from the years they had winning records and superbowl championship are still there and know exactly how to play. But haters and fantasy football dorks think they understand players and talent from a fantasy football magazine. And especially with a head coach back. People will be putting there foot in there mouths. I dare any team and I say any team to go without there head coach, suspended players. No def captain and middle linebacker. And a new defensive coordinator with no structure from the head coach to put up a 7-9 record. Because it wouldn’t happen. So beware

  48. 69finfan says: May 24, 2013 10:44 AM

    Wow, what do you know. A Ryan blabbing to the media instead of winning games. Highly unusual.

  49. doublenickelz says: May 24, 2013 10:47 AM

    YEP!!! Heard the same BS when this guy came to Dallas!! The best thing that happened is he was fired! This guy has NEVER had a top 10 defense EVER! He will get guys motivated, and then confuse the hell out of them and his coaching staff!! This guy is no different than his fat brother and his father. In fact, the Cowboys Coaches who used to work for this idiot are amazed at the fact they now have a say in the defensive scheme, instaed of being dictated to!
    GO BOYS!!!!!

  50. bastyboy says: May 24, 2013 10:58 AM

    There’s something wrong here. Sean Payton (not RR) told reporter that RR is a perfect fit. The title here is just wrong.

    I don’t like RR (and the other too) because he talk too much, but don’t but Sean Payton’s word in RR mouth.

  51. fwippel says: May 24, 2013 11:21 AM

    Rob Ryan and Bourbon Street. Sounds like the perfect fit.

  52. rdrs68 says: May 24, 2013 11:22 AM

    The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree-he and his bro are just as big of blowhards as their daddy.

  53. vmannj says: May 24, 2013 11:31 AM

    He is a perfect fit….to take one of the (statiscally) worst defenses in history to just about average. When he came to Dallas, CLE and OAK fans kept saying “don’t buy the hype.” I should have listened. The last 2 years, DAL defense was in the top-5 after week 3 or 4. By the end of the year, we were 12-15. That means our defense SUCKED for 10 weeks. DAL defense gave up 600 yards to the Saints passing offense and 150+ rushing yards both games vs. WSH (week 17, over 200). He says his defenses are suppose to create chaos and confusion. But they’re not fundamentally sound schemes. Expect a lot of shootouts, Saints fans. But I guess you guys are used to that by now.

  54. CKL says: May 24, 2013 12:08 PM

    I’ll always have a soft spot for Rob (Patriots fan). I think he’s perfect for Sean, he’s like Sean attitude wise and that defense needs that. He’s also a pretty good coach. Ask guys like DeMarcus Ware who still has respect for him.

    To Droyer, you would think a middle of the road defense would be fine with a top offense but that’s what the Pats have had for the past several years (I am talking points, not yards) and they haven’t sealed the deal. Oddly, that’s more due to the Pats offense failing in the playoffs than their defense.

    On a side note, Rob has good hair, why not have it long? It has nothing to do with his coaching skills.

  55. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 24, 2013 2:22 PM

    Same old noise coming from Rob Ryan. He said the same thing when he arrived in Dallas, something to prove, perfect fit, smart players, blah blah blah.

    I think Ryan can improve the worst defense in football but the Siants better plan on scoring an awful lot of points to win.

  56. silentcount says: May 24, 2013 4:01 PM

    Rob Ryan knows he’s incredibly lucky to land with a team with a top 3 offense and a real shot at the super bowl. Working with Sean Payton, Drew Brees, Loomis and Benson will be much better than what he had to deal with at Dallas. The Saints defense did well enough for 3 sesons until they had to play without a head coach and the wrong DC. There have been several great players added this year to help make things better. With the added motivation of being falsely accused, Sean Payton will be showing no mercy. It could truly be scarey how dominant the Saints are this season.

  57. albanyjints says: May 24, 2013 10:33 PM

    Most overrated Defensive Coordinator in NFL history. An egomaniac, publicity hound who has never even coached a top-five ranked Defense. Would the Ryans please just go away.

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