Saints players on board with Rob Ryan hire


Given the fact that his predecessor didn’t seem so popular in the locker room, it probably shouldn’t be a surprise Saints players like the idea of new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

Linebacker Jonathan Vilma was among the first to tweet his support, calling Ryan “a real good hire for us,” before asking fans what they thought.

Other players were equally on board, although that’s reasonable considering the fact they had the league’s worst defense ever, in terms of yards allowed last year.

Defensive end Cameron Jordan played in a 3-4 in college, and he things situational rushers such as Junior Galette and Martez Wilson will make a significant step, although it makes sense that they pursue Dallas free agent outside linebacker Anthony Spencer as well.

“The 3-4 is what I ran in college and it’s something similar to we ran with coach Gregg Williams,” Jordan said, via Nakia Hogan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Hopefully it won’t be that hard to transition from the 4-3 to the 3-4. It sounds like what I have been doing.

“It’s a blitzing, attacking system, which will be fun. I think it suits me. Without a doubt [Galette and Wilson] will be the most excited about the situation. As long as everybody is on the same page I can’t see why this wouldn’t be a great fit for us.”

But Jordan also pointed out that this will be the Saints third defensive coordinator in as many years, and as much as Steve Spagnuolo is a convenient scapegoat, you don’t break records like they broke last year via coaching alone.

24 responses to “Saints players on board with Rob Ryan hire

  1. I’ve watched Rob Ryan fail in every DC job he’s had. Why do people still defend this guy. He’s not a good coordinator. I wish my last name was Ryan. I’d be able to slack at my job and still collect a paycheck.

  2. So Vilma is OK with this? Even though the move to the 3-4 doomed his tenure with the Jets? Even though he will be cut soon due to his age, health and salary?

  3. It’s no secret that the Saints D will need a fresh infusion of players that are 3-4 able. This year, Rob will not have to deal with getting Jerry Jones’ approval and he will have more input during free agency and the draft.

    Ryan will be working with a SB HC and a crafty GM in putting together 3-4 players will a full offseason to come up with his schemes. In many ways this defense will be his baby.

    Vilma is a fan favorite and even though 34 is not his thing, we’re hoping they find a way to use him and he finds a way to restructure his contract.

  4. Cowboys D was in the top 5 through week six until Sean Lee and Bruce Carter went down then it went to poo. I never thought he was a horrible coordinator.

  5. Oddly enough Ryan has never coached a D for a team with a winning record. His defenses have never been ranked (at the end of the season) in the top half of the NFL, and, despite the Saints players comments, he is NOT an aggressive, attacking DC. Last season Dallas blitzed less than any other NFC East team.

    Ryan talks a good game, but he has never delivered.

  6. Not a fan of the Ryans, but this will be the first time Rob gets to work with a good owner and general manager, and the top head coach and quarterback in the business. He knows this is his best shot to win a Superbowl in his first year and he’ll do his job. Mickey’s next step will be to hire a top defensive free agent to play the role of Darren Sharper.

  7. The only chance the Saints have of the playoffs is if they pool ALL of their remaining cap money and build the Offense. LT and C on the line (to be free agents) and WRs to replace the loses. With only one pick in the first 77 spots and very little cap room, they have to aim small. QB Brees contract really kicks in for the 2014 season, so this is the only chance.

  8. Saints players on board with Rob Ryan hire
    Of course they’re “on board”, his father was the mastermind behind the Bounty Bowl.

  9. The Saints were 32nd in the league in defense last year. Gave up the most yards in league history. We will get to see how good of a coach Rob Ryan really is now.

  10. Come to think of it. Rob Ryan has to be the first coach in history to be hired by two different teams in one offseason. Like him or not, That says a lot about him. Once Dallas fired him, It’s not like all 31 other NFL dc jobs were open. Two teams hired him in the span of a month and change. Not exactly 5 minutes but still impressive.

  11. Are you sure they haven’t mistaken him for his father? That would make more sense being that both have tried to intentionally hurt people during a game.

  12. Firstand4ever: See the history of Bill Belichick, he was hired as HC of the Jets, had an introductory press conference, turned in his letter of resignation the next day (hand written on loose leaf paper) and then was hired by the Patriots as their head coach.

  13. What else are the Saints’ defensive players supposed to say?

    “I can’t stand this pig. All he does is shout, thrash around, and look like an obese old hippie on uppers.” That would be sure to impress their new defensive boss.

    Now I’m not saying that they don’t welcome Ryan as compared to last year’s disaster of a DC. It’s amazing how quickly Spagnuolo went from genius to out-or-work jerk.

  14. atwatercrushesokoye, That’s true. Funny Rob Ryan has 3 superbowl rings as a member of Bill Belichick’s staff. Say what you will about the Ryans but those are good defensive coaches. The Saints D has nowhere to go but up next season.

  15. As a Bucs fan I love this move.
    Right as the Saints are almost over the Bounty stuff they add this waster to the mix.
    I see nothing but good things in the future of the Falcons, Bucs & Panthers when it comes to facing this D.

  16. silentcount says:
    Feb 9, 2013 7:53 PM
    Not a fan of the Ryans, but this will be the first time Rob gets to work with a good owner and general manager, and the top head coach and quarterback in the business.
    As a DC I assume you mean. Because he won 2 rings working with the best HC, owner and (then soon to be)best QB in the league. I do love Sean though and if my team couldn’t have BB I’d take him in a minute.

  17. Surprised this guy isn’t mentioned as a head coach. Rob has been a defensive coordinator since 2004, and as far as I know he hasn’t even had an interview for a HC spot. People (Steve Spagnuolo, or any Ravens defensive coordinator ever) have been hired as head coaches despite having only one or two good years.

    Neutral opinion on Rob Ryan, but I thought I’d just point that out.

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