Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 2/6/13
According to league sources, the New Orleans Saints plan to hire Rob Ryan as their new defensive coordinator. Ryan, who was fired by Jerry Jones, on Jan. 8th, said, "I'll be out of work for like five minutes." Jones' reason for firing Ryan was that "he was making some changes." Ryan met twice with the Rams prior to meeting with the Saints. The Rams didn't hire him citing that the reason for the decision was Ryan did not fit their schemes.Rob Ryan will be a great addition for the Saints' defense, now that they will have all their players back from the bounty scandal and at full health next season. Ryan is heralded as one of, if not the best, defensive coordinators in the game. He will bring an immediate presence and leadership the Saints' defense was lacking last season, and reinstall toughness and discipline within the Saints' solid defensive unit.During Ryan's two-year tenure in Dallas, the Cowboys went 16-16, a mark Jerry Jones found unacceptable, despite Ryan being responsible for the rise of young star Anthony Spencer, who had a career-high 11 sacks last season. In New Orleans he will have the pleasure of working with coach Payton and the entire Saints' defense already swamped with top-notch depth.Prior to the Cowboys, Ryan was the defensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns. During his time in Oakland the Raiders went a combined 20-60, which was mostly attributed to a poor rebuilding effort following their Super Bowl appearance vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His brief stay in Cleveland saw more of the same as the Browns went 10-22, once again attributed to a poor rebuilding faze by the Browns organization, and those numbers give a poor representation of Ryan's abilities as a defensive coordinator.
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