Since he was fired by the Dallas Cowboys (arguably the most moronic of Jerry Jones‘ four such moves this off-season and it’s only February), Rob Ryan has been everywhere it seems, but then again, it also feels like he’s been nowhere. After predicting he would be “out of work for like five minutes,” Ryan was reportedly a lock for the St. Louis Rams‘ defensive coordinator position, but then disappeared on an out-of-the-country vacation. Then St. Louis announced it was not signing Ryan as Rams head coach Jeff Fisher gave some horse radish about it not being a good fit scheme-wise. So now Ryan is apparently going to be the defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints, granted nothing else crazy happens.
The Saints’ defense was absolutely pathetic in 2012, ranking dead last in the NFL in total yards allowed. In fact, the Saints gave up an average of 60 more yards per game than the next-worse defense. In other words, New Orleans had arguably the worst defense in league history last year.
Of course, that was almost expected after Bountygate and the suspensions of all the Saints’ players and coaches. Now Saints head coach Sean Payton is back and the things he and Ryan could accomplish together are scary. But again, that all hinges on Ryan actually becoming New Orleans’ new defensive coordinator. If he does, the Saints could get back to their winning ways as early as this year, but don’t believe anything you hear until Ryan is seen in a Saints shirt.