Is Rob Ryan the Answer For New Orleans Saints as Defensive Coordinator?

By Dan Parzych
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After a rough 0-4 start, the New Orleans Saints deserve some credit for bouncing back in a way and finishing the 2012 season with a 7-9 record without head coach Sean Payton–who was suspended for the entire year for his role in the bounty scandal. It’s no question the Saints will always have one of the top offenses in the league as long as Drew Brees is healthy under center, but the defense is clearly in need of improvement this off-season.

Now that Rob Ryan is on board as defensive coordinator–is he the right answer to turn things around for the Saints?

It was a bit of a surprise to see the Dallas Cowboys part ways with Ryan considering how much he improved the defense compared to two years ago and if anyone is capable of turning around a defense that ranked 32nd overall last year–it’s Ryan.

With the way things played out in 2012, there’s no question New Orleans will bounce back even stronger next season as they have more to prove than any other team considering they most likely would have been Super Bowl contenders this past season with Payton on the sidelines. Ryan has the type of aggressive approach that any defense would love to have and just like the Saints–he’ll be out to prove himself to the Cowboys that they made a huge mistake by letting him go during the off-season.

Super Bowl XLVII may have ended less than a week ago, but it’s never too early to get hyped about the Saints heading into the 2013 season–especially if Ryan can manage to turn the defense around.

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