Saints call report on Rob Ryan’s media rules “100% false”

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This morning we passed along a report from an senior editor saying that new Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan isn’t allowed to talk to the media without the approval of Saints Vice President of Communications Greg Bensel.

That report has been refuted by Saints Vice President of Communications Greg Bensel.

Bensel took to Twitter on Sunday and said the report is 100 percent false. Bensel added that Ryan, like all of the Saints’ coaches, will follow the normal rules for media access, which are established by the league office.


Frankly, the original report from Andy Fenelon, a senior editor at, doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. As Bensel notes, the NFL has specific rules requiring assistant coaches to be available to the media at certain times. The NFL wouldn’t allow a team to put a clause in an assistant’s contract that violated those rules.

Ryan has been known to stick his foot in his mouth from time to time, such as when he provided some bulletin-board material for the Lions by saying Calvin Johnson would only be the third-best receiver on the Cowboys, a comment Ryan made two days before Johnson scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead the Lions to a comeback victory over Ryan’s Dallas defense. With that history, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if Saints coach Sean Payton has urged Ryan to think before he speaks, and to work with Bensel to make sure he stays on message.

But that’s a long way from making it a contractual requirement that Ryan can’t talk without Bensel’s OK. That, Bensel says, is totally false.

20 responses to “Saints call report on Rob Ryan’s media rules “100% false”

  1. But trust me, under Coach Payton…there will be some unwritten rules regarding Ryan’s interaction with the media…& you can bet you will see less bravado from him this Season.

  2. If only Rob Ryan’s bite was as big as his bark. If his defense was top 5 year in and year out he could say whatever he wants and no one would bat an eye at his words. But his defense usually ranks somewhere in the bottom half of the NFL, hence why his words seem to be a distraction. Same goes for Rex. When you’re going to AFC championship games and talk it everyone thinks you’re cool, they want you as their coach. When you talk it and go 6-10, now it’s a distraction. The amount of Rob’s talking to the media and how his words are perceived will be dictated by performance. And Rob has a lot of work to do with that Saints defense, so he might want to keep quiet this upcoming season while he tries to fix that mess!!

  3. Hahahaha. I highly doubt their is a stipulation in his contract but I don’t doubt that the owner and Sean Payton told him if he wants the job, then he has to be quiet and not fill the air with his stench of unearned arrogance.

  4. A Ryan is a Ryan is a Ryan, he’ll never change and his foot will be in his mouth by week 5.

  5. Andy Fenelon should be fired.
    Remember when the media had a little bit of class and would actually check out a story before they puked it all over the place??

  6. If you hire Rob Ryan, you deserve all the media negativity that you get. The man is a career loser but still seems to find employment.

  7. It boggles my mind why a team would hire a clown like this.

    So happy that my team run a respectable franchise and would never hire a wind bag circus clown like a Ryan brother.

  8. If you bring on a guy like Ryan don’t you kind of sign up for the circus that goes along with it?

    You can’t put a muzzle on this guy’s nonsense.

  9. If the guy gets less cut-away shots on the weekly broadcasts, maybe that will do the trick.

    The fascination with the TV camera seeing his over the top reaction play after play, has built his overall perception and reputation up just as much, if not more, then the words he actually speaks for bulletin board material.

  10. violating unwritten rules is what got Payton and the Saints in trouble in the first place.

  11. There’s no need for a contract modification to keep Rob’s mouth shut. Sean Payton carries more weight and respect than Jason Garrett any day.

  12. It may not be part of his contract, but it should be. Talking the talk …… and still getting coordinator positions. This guy has to have a boatload of incriminating evidence from the one of the owner meetings.

  13. Say what you want about Ryan, he’s still an above average DC and that’s all the Saints need with one of the consistently top-ranked offensive units…

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