Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 2/12/13
The New Orleans Saints have once again turned to a Dallas Cowboys coordinator to revamp their team.The Saints have hired former Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.Ryan was fired by the Cowboys after another disappointing 8-8 season in 2012.During his time in Dallas his record is 16-16 -- and .500 is not good enough when Jerry Jones is the owner.Before he got to Dallas, Ryan was the defensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders from 2004-2008; and the Cleveland Browns from 2009-2010. So pretty much he has never had a winning record.During the 2012 season the Cowboys were ranked 19th in the league against the pass, and 22nd against the rush. It did not help Ryan's case that the Cowboys played the majority of their season with backup players on defense do to injuries.The Cowboys struggled all season with 34 sacks, 41 tackles for a loss, 54 passes defended, and only seven interceptions. They also had issues forcing fumbles with 15, and recovered only nine of them. One good thing -- they managed to score three touchdowns. If that is a good thing.The Saints' defense was even worse in 2012 ranked 31st against the pass, and 32nd against the the run. They had 30 sacks, 48 tackles for a loss, 90 defended passes, and 15 interceptions. They forced 12 fumbles of their own and recovered 11 of them. The Saints also managed four touchdowns on defense, which is one better than the Cowboys.The Saints have never been known for their defense. Until head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees showed up, they were not known for their offense either. Payton was the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach when he was with the Cowboys before moving to New Orleans and the Cowboys have paid for it.Even though it took Ryan more than five minutes to land a job like he originally stated, he found one. Granted the hiring could be due to the fact the only other candidate that was available was former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. We all know how that turned out last time he was in the Crescent City.
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