Rob Ryan on Saints’ radar

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Rob Ryan has been out of work for closer to five weeks than five minutes, but he may be close to landing another job.

Ryan is a candidate to become the next defensive coordinator of the Saints, according to NFL Network’s Gil Brandt.

Saints coach Sean Payton has already said that his next coordinator will be someone who primarily runs a 3-4 defense. Other candidates who have been named include Romeo Crennel and Eric Mangini.

Ryan has been unemployed since the Cowboys fired him in early January. He was reportedly close to becoming the Rams’ defensive coordinator, but the Rams confirmed last week that Ryan will not be joining their coaching staff.

44 responses to “Rob Ryan on Saints’ radar

  1. The Saints aren’t willing to commit just yet but they told Rob he can crash on the couch until he finds a home.

  2. Romeo, oh Romeo, where for art tho, oh Romeo? Shakespeare would be proud, and so would I if the Saints manage to sign Romeo Crennel instead of the Michelin Man.

  3. Crennel, Mangini, and Ryan all ex Patriot coaches who failed without Belichick. Pats should take any one of them back to improve that defense.

  4. You would think Payton would hire a coach that is not going cause any drama, and fly under the radar after coming off of a one year suspension. Ryan not exactly that type of dude. Good luck Aints.

  5. Yikes, I hope they go with Crennel. Forget his loudmouth… his defense was subpar last year, injuries aside. Sorta overrated.

  6. TylerHills – I keep hoping we get Romeo. But since I’m not that great on evaluating defenses, schemes, players or coaches, all I have to go on about why is how he strikes me as a person and a coach.

    This is why I am not on my Saints (or any other!) football team’s payroll, btw. LOL

  7. chief67 says:Feb 5, 2013 3:13 PM

    I might hire him if he got a hair cut .
    No kidding. He looks like one of those guys who’s given up, works at a local auto body shop, and lives mostly at the corner bar.

    The other stipulation I’d put on hiring him is that he coaches from the press box. If he put half the energy into coaching that he’s put into sideline histrionics, he could amount to something more than a hyperactive, ranting, mediocre-at-best DC.

    If the Saints want a quality guy who clearly isn’t after the HC job and who shuns the spotlight, they should hire Crennel. Terrible head coach, knows his stuff as a coordinator.

  8. Certainly not a fan of the saints* so I would hate to see them sign Crennel and hope they sign “I’ll have a job in 5 minutes”. If the Michelin tire couldn’t do anything in dallas with a defense full of stars, what the hell could he possibly do for the saints*….or any other team for that matter.

  9. bartlettruss says:Feb 5, 2013 3:43 PM

    Sure Ryan can run a 3 – 4, but it’s much harder to do that AND run a sophisticated bounty system…

    A bounty system so sophisticated the Saints were near the bottom in penalties and opponents getting injured.

  10. The Saints already had a tough season. Does the ownership of the Saints want to further punish the fan base? What reason would he have to do that? This is madness.

  11. yourignorancespreads says:
    Feb 5, 2013 2:55 PM


    Let me elaborate…what I think he means is


  12. I for one am a Saints fan and have been one for 31 years now going on 32. I see no problem in hiring either Romeo Crennel or Rob Ryan, yes Romeo knows his stuff but I honestly don’t seeing him accepting any DC jobs this year because that means he would have to give up his $6 million owed to him by KC. Rob Ryan, although he has a mouth on him, also knows his stuff as a DC. I mean he had the Cowboys defense hitting on all cylinders until the injury bug hit them. So if either is hired on I am sure they will make an impact on us defensively from what we displayed last year.

  13. Kind of interesting that the top prospects have each made their rounds through Cleveland. As a Browns fan, Crennel should easily be the Saints top choice. I’d also be talking to Jauron before wasting my time with Mangini and Ryan.

  14. The Ryan brothers haven’t been in the league this long because they suck. I can’t believe some of these comments.

  15. If the saints were smart they would give the job to either Romeo Crennel and Eric Mangini.

    Both of those candidates are just guys who are gonna come in and do their job.

    With Rob ryan all your gonna get is another NFC coordinator reject that give you a mediocre defense that gives up a ton of yards and produces no turnovers. The only thing hes good at doing is running his mouth and taking up camera time during the games

  16. yourignorancespreads says:
    Feb 5, 2013 2:55 PM


    Let me elaborate…what I think he means is


    I concur……


  17. Not no, but HELL no – why on earth would the Saints want this chubby hippie? He can’t even get a hair cut, how is he going to instill discipline among players? That would be stooping to a new low.

  18. These are all Cleveland Brown’s retreads… if I would choose anyone from that list… It would be Romeo.. He is a good D coach… He is a good guy who deserves a job… Just hope peyton doesnt get suspended again and romeo has to take over as head coach

  19. The talking heads at TMZSPN ans are at it again. I don’t think there is any way Payton would go with another “over the top” personality such as Ryan. He just got rid of whacky Gregg Williams.

    I think there is a very good reason they waited until after the SB. Payton wants to evaluate all the good candidates from the 9ers and Ravens. I think he promotes as opposed to going retread.

  20. After visiting NOLA this weekend for my birds victory, I can only say I hope the Saints don’t get stuck with this slob.

    A great city with an amazing fanbase doesn’t need him bringing them down.

    Thanks for hosting us Baltimore fans!

  21. Baltimore fans – you were great. Good game, no fan based trouble – seems like everybody enjoyed themselves. We are pleased to have had you guys visit- come back any time.

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