The New Orleans Saints have been looking forward to the start of the 2013 season since, well … the start of the 2012 season.
Now that the pause button has been released on their recent run of success, Drew Brees and the Saints are ready to get back to competing for championships.
They have the offense to get them there. Brees and the passing game have never been the problem. Even during last year’s disappointing 7-9 season, they still had one of the better offenses in the league.
But, the defense was a different story. And unfortunately, the defense is still what’s wrong with the Saints this year.
They attempted to address the situation by bringing in new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, despite his failure to turn around the similarly underachieving Dallas Cowboys defense. I have no idea why Ryan keeps getting hired. Oh wait, yeah I do, because his last name is Ryan.
He takes over a defense that finished 31st against the pass and 32nd against the run last year. This season, they bring back essentially the same starters on the defensive side, hoping that Ryan and his aggressive style of play will be the difference.
However, Ryan has never been the answer. Bouncing around the NFL the last few years as a defensive coordinator, he has constantly disappointed his bosses, but he keeps getting jobs.
Well, until the league figures out that he can’t actually coach, we’ll just have to keep watching him overcomplicate his defensive schemes, blitz way too much and somehow find new ways to put his defensive backs in the wrong position.
There’s a lot to like about the Saints this year. They have the offense to win it all, but the thing that’s wrong with them is having the constantly underachieving Rob Ryan as their defensive coordinator.