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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; The New Orleans Saints have hired former Cowboys coordinator Rob Ryan as their new defensive coordinator to replace the fired Steve Spagnuolo, according to a league source. The team should officially announce the hiring on Saturday. Saints Coach Sean Payton ...

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The New Orleans Saints have hired former Cowboys coordinator Rob Ryan as their new defensive coordinator to replace the fired Steve Spagnuolo, according to a league source. The team should officially announce the hiring on Saturday.

Saints Coach Sean Payton interviewed Ryan for the job on Friday in New Orleans. Payton also interviewed Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for the position Thursday.

The Saints have also hired Stan Kwan as their new assistant special teams coach.

New Orleans Saints hire Rob Ryan as their new defensive coordinator, source says | NOLA.com

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Old 02-09-2013, 09:32 AM   #2
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Saints hired Rob Ryan as their new defensive coordinator.

Ryan's name first appeared on the Saints' DC radar as a potential candidate earlier this week after he had briefly flirted with DC vacancy. Ryan faces the tall task of turning around the league's 32nd ranked defense in 2012. The Saints will transition to a 3-4 under Ryan, and will almost certainly have to revamp their front-seven personelle to fit the system change.

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Let's face it.

Ryan did a good job in 2 years at Dallas despite challenges.

I like hiring a coach with a lot left to prove.

From players to coaches - This is Payton's M.O.
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I hope this works out, but I'm not convinced that Ryan is the answer to fixing the Defense. I will be happy to be proven wrong though....
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Well anyone think he will make us worse than last year? Lets hope he does an outstanding job. GW and Spags were highly regarded and did not work out. Maybe its the players and not the coaching.
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Its all gonna depend on his staff and the new talent we acquire.
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Its all gonna depend on his staff and the new talent we acquire.
Really though, are we that many players away from a top 15 D? I believe 3-4 moves to the front seven could be enough. NT being the most glaring need.

On O, we need O line depth (potential starting LT) and healthy WR's.
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Originally Posted by aquaboogie View Post
Well anyone think he will make us worse than last year? Lets hope he does an outstanding job. GW and Spags were highly regarded and did not work out. Maybe its the players and not the coaching.
Ya think?
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The Saints had mixed in some 3-4 looks and appear to have the personnel to make the switch.

2011 first-round pick Cameron Jordan played in a 3-4 defense at Cal and would make a good "5" technique end. Veteran Brodrick Bunkley played nose tackle during his brief stint with the Denver Broncos and could play the nose if the team is unable to re-sign Sedrick Ellis, who is an unrestricted free agent this offseason. 2012 third-round pick Akiem Hicks is 6-foot-5 and 318 pounds and could play multiple spots in a 3-4 front and 2011 third-round pick Martez Wilson has been miscast as a 4-3 defensive end and could benefit by a move to rush linebacker in the new system.

Not all of the current Saints will fit in with the new defense. Veteran defensive end Will Smith is 6-foot-3 and 282 pounds and is better suited to play in a 4-3. Smith will turn 32 before training camp and the move to a 3-4, along with his hefty contract ($10.15 million due in cash, $14.541 million cap number), could hasten his exit from New Orleans.

Ryan had been closely linked to the position, but was not the only candidate. University of Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham interviewed for the position before withdrawing his name from consideration on Friday.

The son of Buddy Ryan, and the twin brother of New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, Rob Ryan has been defensive coordinator with the Oakland Raiders (2004-08), Cleveland Browns (2009-10) and Dallas Cowboys. Under Ryan, the Cowboys ranked 14th in total defense in 2011 and were 19th during a 2012 season where several key players - Jay Ratliff, DeMarcus Ware and Sean Lee - had injury-plagued seasons. Cowboys outside linebacker Anthony Spencer blossomed under Ryan, posting a career-high 11 sacks in 2012. Spencer is an unrestricted free agent and could be an option for the Saints if he hits the open market on March 12.
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Originally Posted by aquaboogie View Post
Well anyone think he will make us worse than last year? Lets hope he does an outstanding job. GW and Spags were highly regarded and did not work out. Maybe its the players and not the coaching.
There is no worse than last year.

Bright side - we have champions on this roster with a chip on their shoulders.
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