Rob Ryan back in his days with Dallas. Image from espn.go.com
Whenever the Patriots are around, there always seems to be a Ryan that follows. Whether it is the Jets or Saint's, the tempo always is picked up when the teams come together. One of the Ryan's, the coach of the New York Jets Rex Ryan, usually is no problem for the Patriots offense and defense. But the Saint's on the other hand are ALWAYS a challenge for us, with the Patriots having a difficult time picking up the ways of the offense and defense on a regular occasion. Part of the reason is Rob Ryan, the linebacker coach for those pesky Saints.
It always seems that whenever the two teams come together, the Saints defense provides a major challenge to the Patriots offense, with the Ryan's being responsible for holding the Patriots to fewer then thirty points three times. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick agrees as he talked to media today, along with WEEI.
“I’d say last year they were a really heavy blitz and zone team...