Akiem Hicks backs Rob Ryan, says Ryan’s power was stripped

AP

Rob Ryan believes what Rob Ryan says, obviously. Former Saints defensive lineman Akiem Hicks apparently believes Ryan, too.

A few days after Ryan spoke out and claimed his power as Saints defensive coordinator was taken away, Hicks backed up those claims in an interview with Chicago-area reporters.

“Not to talk about New Orleans for the rest of this interview, but as a player in that system, you can see when power is taken away from a guy,” said Hicks, who now plays for the Bears. “It was evident in that situation and you saw what the turnout was because of it.”

The Saints traded Hicks to the Patriots early last season. He signed with the Bears as a free agent this year.

Ryan is now working under his brother, Rex, with the Bills.

“I didn’t see the interview, but I do know this: I’ll forever and always have a lot of love for Rob Ryan, just because there’s nobody that’s going to shoot you straighter,” Hicks said. “He’s going to tell you how it is, he’s going to tell you how he feels, and you’re always going to understand his perspective on things, and I feel like that was taken away.”

Though all parties involved have moved on and needed to — the Saints were dreadful statistically and on the field — it’s interesting to hear Hicks back up his old coach.

49 responses to “Akiem Hicks backs Rob Ryan, says Ryan’s power was stripped

  1. It’s obvious something happened. You don’t have a defense tank after one year because you magically can’t coach anymore. The Aints couldn’t take a great coach running a tough, physical D without bounties.

    Bills lock for AFC super bowl champions. Hi haters.

    #IfGodWereRealHeWouldBeARyan

  2. This from a guy whose recruitment in college got LSU in hot water with the NCAA and who got traded by the Saints. So, yeah, Hicks is a credible source who wouldn’t have an axe to grind with the Saints, either. A popcorn-fart story by a popcorn-fart player.

  3. Almost everywhere Rob Ryan has gone, his defenses have sucked. Are we going to say every one of his bad defenses was not his fault?

    I still believe Rob Ryan gets by on his dad and brothers success because to me he has always been a bad defensive coordinator.

  4. Rob Ryan’s defenses never scared ANYONE, never ever been ranked HIGHER than 15th and he has left on bad terms everywhere he was fired from. What gives? He runs his mouth, blames others (to his credit, he does say “this was all my fault but NEXT WEEK, it will be corrected, I ASSURE YOU”) and then moves on. Blowhard. Results matter, not biker hair, fat bellies and loud mouths.

  5. “Where is Akiem? He cannot consort with such a coach. It is beneath him.”

    – King Jaffe Joffer – Ruler of Zamunda

  6. I think the key word here is “FORMER Saints defensive lineman…”.

    Someone wants a job in Buffalo, or anywhere else for that matter.

  7. So what if his power was stripped ?!?!?!

    If what your preaching and what your selling is clearly not working then what do you think is going to happen ???

    Sounds like 2 dudes that are extremely salty at the organization that got rid of them.

    Hicks, you should be upset with yourself for having a poor work ethic cause that’s why we traded you. And N.E. didn’t want anything to do with you either. Your forever going to be known as a journeyman. You’ll be playing for somebody else in 2017. If your not already out of the league.

  8. Hicks might be trying to point out that the Saints defense was just as abysmal with their replacement DC. No?

  9. I’ve heard a lot of players and analysts back Rob Ryan, and commenters on PFT back Sean Peyton. I don’t know who to believe, but I’m willing to give ol’ Rob the benefit of the doubt, and believe me, I was totally against him and calling for his firing before the end of last season.

  10. So why was his power stripped then if he’s so great and if things were so great? How does that make any sense? Didn’t he use the same line when the Cowboys fired him? Didn’t Rex use the same line when the Jets fired him? Keep making excuses for your failures, it’s always everyone else’s fault. Buddy Ryan was the same way. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree I guess.

  11. LOL at the Bears for signing Hicks. Dumb move. They guy is terribly inconsistent and will disappear for 95% of the plays. One of the reason the Saints D was awful.

  12. I’m guessing Hicks was stripped of his ability to rush the passer as well since he disappeared from the defensive line here and in NE.

  13. I’ve yet to hear any players NOT back Rob Ryan. However, the interesting thing is, it’s only ever the malcontents that end up being the ones that back RR.

  14. Yes he probably had power taken away from him because his defense sucked. They don’t do that when you are getting the most out of your players.

  15. If you have a job to do and you don’t get it done and you are consistent at failing, your powers should be pulled.
    Both these guys just have an axe to grind because they were let go. Possibly because neither one of them could cut the mustard any more. So long losers……….

  16. Ryan’s power should have stripped. The Saints defense was historically bad under him and he’s proven that only nepotism keeps him employed.

    The fact that he has a job, is an indictment on NFL hiring practices. No matter what former players say, this guy and his brother, have shown to be carnival barkers.

    Just compare the Bills defensive production of last season to the prior one. What an incredible misuse of talent. Time for the Ryans to put up or shut up.

  17. Perhaps if you had decided to show up for more than three games per season, maybe they would’ve kept you in the same position. Instead, they had to experiment to get you “going.” Also, maybe your new boyfriend wouldn’t have lost his job, had you done your job consistently.

  18. Akiem Hicks backs Rob Ryan, says Ryan’s power was stripped
    ===========================
    Yeah it was stripped AFTER the same issues game after game weren’t being addressed… 10 men on the field trying to cover 11… 12 men on the field… No one lined up properly… no one lined up on time for the snap, out of position…

    This is obviously a case of sour grapes by Akiem Hicks since the Saints gave up on this project of a player (and NE did too)

  19. Re:”It’s never my fault”

    Sounds just like my 16 yr old step-daughter…

  20. pooflingingmonkey says:
    Jun 1, 2016 10:29 PM
    I think the key word here is “FORMER Saints defensive lineman…”.

    Someone wants a job in Buffalo, or anywhere else for that matter.
    ………………………………………………………………………………………,.

    Guess ya glossed over the part where he signed with the Bears eh?…………….

  21. All of you bashing Hicks as a player are probably the same sheep being spoon fed “Deflategate” by Goodell. He was very solid last year for the Pats, getting good penetration inside and at end sometimes while playing the run solid.

    Belichick tried to talk him into staying, but with three Pro-Bowl defensive cornerstones to resign in the next year simply couldn’t overpay. You can call him lackadaisical at times in N.O. if you want but he was a solid starter quality player for the Pats.

  22. dchamp12 says:
    Jun 2, 2016 7:28 AM

    I’m guessing Hicks was stripped of his ability to rush the passer as well since he disappeared from the defensive line here and in NE.

    uh what lol? Do you watch the Pats? He played well in New England. Bill wanted him back bad.

  23. Bounties have been a part of the NFL since day 1…those who don’t believe this statement to be true live in a dream world….you can hear the Def. Coordinator telling his players to go after the QB…or if a receiver goes across the middle to take him apart….people don’t fool yourself wake and see it for what it is….

  24. pwellz says:
    Jun 2, 2016 10:14 AM
    dchamp12 says:
    Jun 2, 2016 7:28 AM

    I’m guessing Hicks was stripped of his ability to rush the passer as well since he disappeared from the defensive line here and in NE.

    uh what lol? Do you watch the Pats? He played well in New England. Bill wanted him back bad.

    ———————————————————————-

    He played well enough to not be resigned. If Bill wanted him back so bad, he would be there. With the money Brady refuses to take or restructure of another contract, NE could’ve easily signed him. If a coach, or team owner really wants a player, they find a way to keep him trust me. They got what wanted and let him go knowing over the long haul he wouldn’t produce. Had he kept up production in NO he would’ve been given an extension by Payton/Loomis but he fell off the depth chart.

  25. Bob says:
    Jun 1, 2016 10:07 PM

    This from a guy whose recruitment in college got LSU in hot water with the NCAA and who got traded by the Saints. So, yeah, Hicks is a credible source who wouldn’t have an axe to grind with the Saints, either. A popcorn-fart story by a popcorn-fart player.
    ===================================
    It was LSU assistant coach McCarthy who got LSU in hot water because of his recruitment tactics, which he then covered up. Probably the same stuff LSU does all of the time, and this time, they got caught.

  26. Rob Ryan did ok with the Patriots… it wasn’t Belichick at all 🙂

  27. “He played well enough to not be resigned.”

    Chandler Jones on line 1 for you bud…when you hit on as many high quality players in a short time as BB did (Jones, Hightower, Collins, Butler) and have other contracts looming as well (Vollmer, Slater, etc.) sacrifices have to be made.

    BB needs every dime of cap space to lock up the three defensive stalwarts remaining after the Jones trade. It’s not rocket science but it also doesn’t suit your false narrative so I get it. 😉

  28. Bounties have been a part of the NFL since day 1…those who don’t believe this statement to be true live in a dream world….you can hear the Def. Coordinator telling his players to go after the QB…or if a receiver goes across the middle to take him apart….people don’t fool yourself wake and see it for what it is….
    =========================
    Its merely a motivational tactic to fire up the defense/locker room… Not one opponent player hurt in the 3 year bounty period… Nuff said

  29. The irrational hatred of the Ryan brothers is really astounding. I agree that they both, particularly Rob, are overrated as defensive coaches, however ultimately the NFL is an entertainment business. That’s why we watch it and follow it, to be entertained. It’s not life and death folks. And the Ryan brothers are undoubtedly the most entertaining coaches in the NFL. Does that make theme great coaches? Obviously not. But some of you need to really lighten up and stop taking everything so seriously, and realize this is professional football. It’s entertainment, not your life

  30. Don’t believe in religion but believes the Bills are a Super Bowl lock. Ladies and gentlemen your typical Bills fan.

  31. imodan says:
    Jun 2, 2016 11:54 AM
    Don’t believe in religion but believes the Bills are a Super Bowl lock. Ladies and gentlemen your typical Bills fan.

    ————–

    To Bills fans The Bills are always a SB “lock” in the summer months…. Come October, they get quiet….but December they are already thinking about the next season.

  32. In a recent SI interview with the Ryan twins, he says his power was stripped because the Saints head coach wanted to emulate the Seahawks defense, and not the scheme that the Ryan brothers usually play. They also let go of talent, then brought in some free agents like Byrd that when trying to run a Seahawks-like scheme did not work. Rob said he went along with it all because he is “loyal” to a boss, but at the end of the day he felt it was not going to work with the talent on hand.

  33. Rob said he went along with it all because he is “loyal” to a boss, but at the end of the day he felt it was not going to work with the talent on hand.
    =============================
    How is having 10 or 12 players on the field before the snap, not lining up properly multiple times and these issues never being addressed a offensive coach’s problem? It’s the DC’s responsibility to fix these things and it has nothing to do with the scheme and everything to do with Rob Ryan’s tendency to be unorganized and ill prepared

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