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WhoDat!656 04-22-2013 10:00 PM

Mickles: Rob Ryan has Marcus Spears’ seal of approval
 
We haven’t heard a peep out of Rob Ryan since he was hired by New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton on Feb. 9 to be defensivecoordinator.

Perhaps we won’t for a while.

When approached by a group of reporters hoping to steal a moment following LSU’s Pro Day on Wednesday, Ryan said “training camp” as he headed out.

Ryan does have a lot of work to do.

Fired by the Dallas Cowboys in early January, he faces the task of turning the Saints into a cohesive defense after they set an NFL record by allowing 7,042 yards last season.

The Saints also are transitioning from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4, which Ryan is implementing. On top of that, the salary cap-strapped Saints had to sign some players to go with the new defense.

But at least one of his former players, who saw the Saints up close and personal last December, thinks the team has the right man for the job.

Former LSU defensive end Marcus Spears, a Southern Lab graduate who just finished an eight-year stint with the Cowboys, nodded his approval for Payton’s choice after watching the usually talkative Ryan handle workout drills for the linebackers Wednesday.

“Rob and I were like father and son,” said a beaming Spears, who followed Ryan out of Dallas and signed a contract with the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.

While he doesn’t know what Ryan might be thinking in regards to defensive personnel, Spears did have two years’ worth of insight into what Saints players and fans can expect this fall.

When asked what he liked most about Ryan, Spears didn’t hesitate.

“Just his personality and the way he believes in guys he coaches,” he said. “I like his approach to the game. … It’s a fun kind of free-playing atmosphere.

“Anytime you have a coach like that, most players respond to it well. He’s able to implement that and still keep the respect level of the players.”

As an older player with some years in the league, Spears said he probably got a little latitude in being able to get closer to Ryan than some of the younger guys.

“There’s a fine line there,” he noted. “When you’ve been in the league this long, you understand where the line is drawn. Obviously, we were there to work. So when we hit the field, we worked.

“But he understands that guys have different personalities, and he knew how to approach us as men, too.”

Spears is among those who believe Ryan shouldn’t have been fired by the Cowboys, but he said organizations have to make tough decisions all the time.

But, he said, the Saints will like Ryan’s style.

“They’re going to realize they have a coach that listens to his players,” Spears said. “He’s energetic and very approachable. If you feel something can be done differently, he takes it into account. You can go to him, and in turn that helps you play better.”

http://theadvocate.com/sports/5563981-32/mickles-rob-ryan-has-marcus

darksoul35 04-22-2013 10:12 PM

Re: Mickles: Rob Ryan has Marcus Spears’ seal of approval
 
Time will tell. I am happier about this than I was about Spags. I still wanted Romeo.

Seer1 04-22-2013 10:12 PM

Re: Mickles: Rob Ryan has Marcus Spears’ seal of approval
 
Maybe Rob's in a place where he doesn't have to be a media clown and he can just do his job. I could see JJ making his coaches be entertainers. Could Rob have put not having to talk to the media as part of his contract demands?

Rugby Saint II 04-22-2013 10:21 PM

Re: Mickles: Rob Ryan has Marcus Spears’ seal of approval
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Seer1 (Post 496213)
Maybe Rob's in a place where he doesn't have to be a media clown and he can just do his job. I could see JJ making his coaches be entertainers. Could Rob have put not having to talk to the media as part of his contract demands?

My guess is that Payton said shut up and sit down I've got to right this ship!

st thomas 04-22-2013 11:59 PM

Re: Mickles: Rob Ryan has Marcus Spears’ seal of approval
 
it can't be worst than last year. payton will make sure of that. it will be exiting defensively for us. i can see rob and payton of course bringing the de back to respectable numbers. i don't see a miracle happening and being top rated but it WILL BE BETTER. ST has spoken

lsutigerfan 04-23-2013 04:37 AM

Re: Mickles: Rob Ryan has Marcus Spears’ seal of approval
 
With a good draft this D will be much improved.

Supertek 04-23-2013 07:54 AM

Re: Mickles: Rob Ryan has Marcus Spears’ seal of approval
 
When your dead last to only way to go is up or stay where you are. Personally there should have been more housecleaning but I know it takes time. My biggest disappointment is they haven't moved on Harper yet.

homerj07 04-24-2013 05:59 PM

Re: Mickles: Rob Ryan has Marcus Spears’ seal of approval
 
Time will tell. I could care less if the players like him. Will they respect him & play we'll for him? That's all I care about


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