The New Orleans Saints obviously knew what they were getting into when they hired a Ryan brother.
According to Andy Fenelon of NFL.com, the Saints put a provision in Rob Ryan's contract that says the newly hired defensive coordinator can't speak to the media unless it's first approved by the team's senior vice president of communications, Greg Bensel. That is likely in response to the Ryans' proclivity for brash statements and victory guarantees.
Just last year, in fact, Ryan guaranteed two victories while with the Cowboys. The defensive coordinator said Dallas would beat the Falcons on Nov. 4 and Redskins on Nov. 22. The Cowboys lost both of those games.
There is a problem with this stipulation in the contract -- it's a violation of the NFL media policy, as Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post pointed out. The policy states that offensive and defensive coordinators have to meet with the media at least once every practice week between Monday and Friday.
While the thought behind the...