As the New Orleans Saints attempt to come back from a rough 2012 NFL campaign, they got a good start this week with Rob Ryan hired to be their new defensive coordinator. NFL.com reported on Feb. 9 that Ryan will bring his 3-4 scheme to the Saints.
Ryan, the son of NFL legend Buddy Ryan, will take over the spot that Steve Spagnuolo held for one season. The entire defense was in disarray in 2012 after the Saints let Gregg Williams go and the team was hit with the bounty scandal, which forced suspensions in coaching and players.
Luckily for the Saints, Ryan runs the same 3-4 defense that Spagnuolo ran last season, so major changes won't need to be made. Ryan came to Dallas and took the team from the bottom of the defensive rankings to the middle-of-the-road, a huge achievement considering the injuries plaguing the Cowboys in 2012.
However, Jerry Jones wanted to make an example of someone, and since he is dedicated to seeing his Jason Garrett experiment through to the end, he fired Ryan, the best assistant coach on the team last season. Now, the Saints and Sean Payton get to work with one of the NFL's brightest minds.
With the New Orleans' offense so explosive, Rob Ryan's defense could help the Saints rebound nicely in 2013.