Report: Saints firing Rob Ryan

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When you coordinate the worst pass defense in NFL history, your job is not safe.

Saints coach Rob Ryan is finding that out the hard way today, Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that the Saints are firing Ryan.

The Saints’ pass defense has been abysmal this season. Yesterday, Kirk Cousins torched the Saints for four touchdowns with no interceptions. Last week it was Marcus Mariota throwing four touchdowns and no interceptions in New Orleans. A week earlier, Eli Manning had six touchdowns and no interceptions against the Saints.

If they don’t turn things around in a hurry, the Saints are going to set an NFL record for most touchdown passes allowed in a season: They’re on pace to allow 45 touchdown passes this year; the NFL record is 40.

The last time Ryan was fired as a defensive coordinator, he famously insisted that he’d find a new job in five minutes. This time it may take Ryan a while: His reputation has taken a huge hit, as his defense has been a huge disappointment.

127 responses to “Report: Saints firing Rob Ryan

  1. About time. Most fans wanted him axed in the offseason. With just an average defense the Saints could possibly win out. The new guy’s (Allen?) got a couple of months to get to know his players and implement an honest scheme. Variations are for next year.

  2. I don’t exactly understand how he keeps getting jobs, even with his last name since his father wasn’t exactly one of the league fraternity brothers. And just think, the Rams and Saints fought over him when Dallas fired him.

  3. I swear that if Rob:

    a. didn’t have that last name

    and

    b. that mane of flowing hair that looks so good as as prowls the sidelines

    He’d never have had these coordinator jobs in the first place.

  4. This comes under the heading of DUH! Only question was why hadn’t it happened a long time ago? If his last name wasn’t Ryan there’s no way that clown has a job.

  5. This comes under the heading of DUH! Only question was why hadn’t it happened a long time ago? If his last name wasn’t Ryan there’s no way that clown has a job.

  6. A pass defense so bad that…it held Indy scoreless in the first half at Lucas Oil. Thank you, Pep Hamilton.

  7. The ONLY reason he was still getting gigs is because he’s Buddy Ryan’s son and maybe because he’s also Rex’s brother but his luck has definitely run out now. His defenses everywhere he’s been have been absolute trash.

  8. He’s the other half of the most over-rated coaches in the NFL, both of whom are living off their father’s reputation. Their father by the way, was a lousy head coach, too.
    The only thing they’re good at is eating and using profanity. But at least Rex had sense enough to get surgery to lose 100 lbs.

  9. It’s not that he’s getting fired but rather he has a commitment to go out on tour with Crosby, Stills and Ryan

  10. it couldn’t possibly be the saints just have scrubs on defense?..lol..amazing that the only time New- Awlins had defense was when they had that POS Gregg Williams and bounty gate. this team is goin down faster than the titanic. enjoy your wack ass 2009 run, its going to be awhile until your team is relevant again.

  11. Must be nice to get paid the kind of money they do when you’re simply awful and incompetent at your job.

    I would not last one month in my job if my performance wasn’t a heck of lot better than Ryan’s

  12. No surprise. When the Saints lost Roman Harper, m’boy Tracey Porter (who owns Big Bro “best reader of Defenses” Manning, via Super Bowl 44 INT haha) — well, Saints D was already on the decline then. Rob Ryan, at best, will likely be hired again as an “Assistant” Coordinator for a “West Coast” team (i.e., Raiders or Chargers).

  13. No dog in the fight (pls excuse the metaphor) but any coach that doesn’t have the right personnel is bound to fail. Rob Ryan is known to mask bad defenses with his coaching abilities. Other teams know he doesn’t have the horses. I put this issue on the GM and front office.

  14. He shouldn’t be going alone. The Saints D has sucked the two seasons and that’s on Ryan but look at what he has to work with. Loomis needs to go to.

  15. Rob is just part of the problem. Mickey Loomis should be fired, and Sean Payton should have any personnel decisions taken away…he should just coach, and he’s a good one.

    Jeff Ireland is a good in house replacement for Loomis and had a good relationship with Payton.

  16. Wasn’t it just a year or two ago that people were saying Rob Ryan would be getting head coaching offers soon because he’d turned the Saints defense around? Shows you how quickly things change.

  17. Psst, Rob. Take your severance, go get the same surgery as your now skinnier twin, book a month at a weight-loss clinic, get your hair styled and go get a DC job in the SEC to reboot your career. Because the Ryan brand has about run out its string in the NFL.

  18. ” His reputation has taken a huge hit, as his defense has been a huge disappointment.”……………………I’m still puzzled as to where he ever developed his “reputation”. As a side note, Rob Ryan should be out of the league and Rex should get one more chance as a DC because he is not head coach material.

  19. cliffclavin2015 says:
    Nov 16, 2015 10:45 AM
    No dog in the fight (pls excuse the metaphor) but any coach that doesn’t have the right personnel is bound to fail. Rob Ryan is known to mask bad defenses with his coaching abilities. Other teams know he doesn’t have the horses.
    =======

    Please tell me you’re joking. I believe he has one season, maybe two, where his defenses have ever finished in the top 10.

    In 2012, the Cowboys were 14th in total defense. In 2013, they were 1st. The only difference? After 2012, they fired Rob Ryan.

  20. For all you immature idiots that are taking the time to bash a man for comments he made several years ago- grow up. He will find a job in 5 minutes- Walmart is always hiring. Especially around the holidays.

  21. As a Ravens fan, I am astonished to learn there is a pass defense that is worse than the Ravens this year.

  22. Minnesota fans still crying about 2009? Great! Feed me your tears losers. No matter what you say Saints Super Bowl trophies – 1, losers in Minnesota – 0.

    Oh and to the Saints fan saying Jeff Ireland is a good in house replacement, I can only hope that you’re kidding. Jeff Ireland was directly responsible for fielding some of the worst teams in Dolphins history. Giving him another shot would be like rehiring Rob Ryan to coach the same defense.

  23. I’m sure we’ll see this loser on the sidelines in Buffalo soon enough. These guys are both phonies. Rex took a great defense and made it good. Maybe with his idiot brother on staff they go one more notch down to mediocre.

  24. saintsfan1111 says:
    Nov 16, 2015 10:50 AM
    Rob is just part of the problem. Mickey Loomis should be fired, and Sean Payton should have any personnel decisions taken away…he should just coach, and he’s a good one.

    Jeff Ireland is a good in house replacement for Loomis and had a good relationship with Payton.

    ——————————————————–
    IRELAND WAS A DISASTER, WOULD RATHER SEE BILL POLIAN SNAGED OFF SIRIUSXM. OTHERWISE, AGREE WITH EVERYTHING ABOVE .

  25. leatherface2012 says:
    Nov 16, 2015 11:09 AM
    maybe he can find time to get his hair cut
    ——–

    Dude grows his hair out on purpose and then donates it to cancer charities for the making of wigs, etc.

    While he certainly deserves to be fired for his squads performance, I’m not going to say a word about his long hair.

  26. The guy that said the Cowboys were 1st in defense in 2013… No they weren’t, the Cowboys were DEAD LAST in yards allowed per game and allowed 27 points a game (5th worst.) the saints, meanwhile, allowed the 4th fewest yards and points that season.

  27. The Saints defense has never been the same after Goodell destroyed it with a fake bounty gate…Ryan should thank the Saints for not firing him last yr….

  28. Hate the upheaval on the family. But hey, the guy is obviously not competent. I can’t imagine another team taking him on as DC. And even if he has an undisclosed skill as a position coach, you have to think his baggage is too much to endure.
    He has made enough money in his failed career that he should be able to live the rest of his life in luxury and singing his brother’s praises. Why humiliate the family yet again?

  29. Vince Lombardi could not coach the Saints defense up to even mediocre. Sean Payton, Drew Brees and the entire Saints Org is a horrid mess of hot garbage

  30. Amazing how much mileage this guy has gotten out of the name. In 12 yrs as DCoordinator in the NFL, he’s had a defense in the top half of the league(better than 16th ranked) TWICE. One of those two he was 13th. In my opinion, the jury is still out on his loudmouth brother too, although he can coach a defense.

  31. “And just think, the Rams and Saints fought over him when Dallas fired him.”

    Didn’t just fight over him. The Rams actually HIRED him despite the fact he didn’t even run their scheme. How crazy in love do you have to be to not check what scheme your new defensive coordinator runs before hiring him?

  32. And people said the reason the Raiders’ defense was bad because Al was calling the plays. Imagine how bad they would have been if Al did not call the plays. Oh just look at the Ain’ts.

  33. Please Rex DO NOT bring your brother to Buffalo. Don’t think that we can take 2 Ryan’s at once.

  34. It was about time he got axed. The only reason why Rex and Rob have a job is because of their last name. They both suck as coaches. Rex will be on the street soon.

  35. That’s a shame all you NFL coaches in here bashing your NFL brethren, oh wait, you’re not! Not one of you on here are a coach or have ever been a thought in the NFL world, so regardless of how he did or whatever comments he makes, HE CAN because he made a very good living as a coach and will be again. I seriously wouldn’t dream of making fun of someone who accomplished something I never will.

  36. So this is how it happens…. “According to Silver’s account, Ryan entered Fisher’s office at 7:30 a.m. last January, dropped his keys on the desk and told the coach he wanted out. Meanwhile, Fisher’s other assistants were in a staff meeting with a window that looked out on the parking lot.

    Rams coaches watched Ryan leave the building and head across the street to a McDonald’s. Ryan “goes to get a Big Mac and never comes back,” Silver said.

    Some in St. Louis are convinced Ryan had a wink-nod deal from Sean Payton to come to New Orleans.”

    We reap what we sow.

  37. wallabear says:
    Nov 16, 2015 10:43 AM
    No surprise. When the Saints lost Roman Harper, m’boy Tracey Porter (who owns Big Bro “best reader of Defenses” Manning, via Super Bowl 44 INT haha) — well, Saints D was already on the decline then. Rob Ryan, at best, will likely be hired again as an “Assistant” Coordinator for a “West Coast” team (i.e., Raiders or Chargers).
    _____
    As I recall, when Harper signed with the Panthers, the Aints fans were on here screaming very loudly that Harper was 5 years past his retirement age and that signing him proved that the Panthers were the stupidest team in the NFL and that we wouldn’t beat the Aints again for at least 10 years.

    See you on 12/6!

  38. A few years ago, Spags fell on the sword for the Saints’ horrrendous defense. Now it’s Ryan. When do Payton and Loomis take the blame? The greatest defensive coaches in the history of the game couldn’t win with that group.

  39. Now who are they going to put on TV during Saints games?
    The amount of face time that guy got was ridiculous.

  40. Rob Ryan came to us in 2013 and did a GREAT job for THAT year; #4 overall defense and #2 passing defense (check your facts before you accuse me of making stuff up.) The wheels fell off the cart in 2014 and again this year. I’m gonna stay consistent and say that I was one of the Saints fans that felt he should be given another year, since his first year was great. I reckon me and the Saints organization were both wrong to believe he deserved a third year. I’m glad to see that other bloggers are also joining my rant that GM Mickey Loomis needs to go. I’m still okay with Sean Payton staying. But if the Saints fire Payton, who do we hire to replace him?

  41. Payton and Brees will be gone at the end of the year too. Payton for another NFL head coaching job, and Brees to a team looking for him to pull a Manning when he first went to Denver(2-3 more years and a Super Bowl run).

  42. Buddy was a decent coach, at tines above decent.

    Rex is acdecent coach.

    Rob is just not worthy.

    Maybe if he hires Justin Trudeau’s hair stylist his fortunes might change.

  43. In 2013 Ryan’s D was 4th in the league. Inexplicably the same group of players were bottom feeders 1 year later. Loomids brought in free agents to help but the D is awful again. Dennis Allen was brought in because he has experience with the Saints and Sean was wise enough to already have his next coordinator on the staff before the season began.

  44. “Buddy was a decent coach, at tines above decent.”

    Just not true. He was a decent defensive coordinator winning a SB with Chicago but he was an utter washout as a head coach. Only in Philly would a guy that never won a playoff game as their head coach be called decent. Buddy went onto Arizona where he was also a washout as a head coach.

    Rex was a good position coach, winning a SB on the 2000 Ravens staff. In his head coaching tenure, he’s certainly better than his father winning multiple playoff games including beating Peyton Manning & Tom Brady on the road in consecutive weeks in postseason.

    Rex is a much better HC than his father ever was.

  45. It’s sad. Pathetic, really, that the one and only SB the Saints will ever win had to be the Patriots way. With a cheating scandal. Now they are going back to being who they were before. The Aint’s. Oh well. That’s the way it goes.

  46. He’s fat, has stupid hair and sux as a DF. What more can I say. Should have been done long ago. Any other team that even thinks of hiring him is a fool.

  47. That’s the thing about the Ryan’s. Their defense usually lights it up in the beginning. Then people figure it out and it gets absolutely torched again and again.

    In this case, Ryan tried to implement his defense with some pretty bad defensive players, thus the result happened faster.

    I’ve seen it wherever he goes for the past 20+ years.

  48. In Darth Vader voice:

    “Noooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    -The other 31 offenses in the league

  49. Now Sean is saying that there are no staff changes. Seriously? Ryan must have caught the coach “in flagrante delicto” and has the pictures to prove it, because that is the only way I could see him keeping his job with this absolutely laughable defense.

  50. The Saints will NOT be getting rid of Drew Brees, he counts over $30 mil against the salary cap, whether he’s there or not. GM Mickey Loomis’ HORRIBLE management of the salary cap is the main reason I’ve been calling for his ouster for around two years.

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