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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Rob may decide he likes the gig he has now! While interviewing Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune during Monday’s PFT Live, Jeff mentioned Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. And then something popped into my largely empty head. With ...

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Old 01-07-2014, 06:40 PM   #1
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Rob Ryan deserves a chance to interview for head-coaching jobs

Rob may decide he likes the gig he has now!

While interviewing Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune during Monday’s PFT Live, Jeff mentioned Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. And then something popped into my largely empty head.

With names constantly surfacing for the ongoing head-coaching carousel, why hasn’t Rob Ryan been mentioned for even an interview?

A finalist three years ago for the Panthers job that went to Ron Rivera, Ryan has engineered a stunning turnaround for the New Orleans defense, improving a unit that was historically bad under Steve Spagnuolo in 2012 by switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4. Along the way, Ryan lost several key players due to injury, but the defense continued to deliver.

To date, it hasn’t delivered an interview for Rex Ryan’s fraternal twin brother. It hasn’t even yielded a serious mention for an interview.

It’s unclear why. The obvious — and perhaps most accurate — reason is Rob’s appearance. From the Sons of Anarchy hair and beard to the snake-digesting-a-medicine-ball profile, few owners will be willing to embrace Rob Ryan as the man in charge of the team.

Some believe that Rex and Rob are very much alike, which could both help and hurt Rob given Rex’s periodic antics from past years. Hurting Rob even more could be the belief by some that the biggest difference is Rex “gets it,” making it easier for him to adapt and adjust to the realities of being a head coach in the NFL.

Regardless, Rob has had a direct hand in helping the Saints win their first playoff road game in franchise history. If they beat the Seahawks this weekend, any team with a vacancy may want to wait to fill it until getting a chance to talk to Rob Ryan.

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Old 01-07-2014, 06:42 PM   #2
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Re: Rob Ryan deserves a chance to interview for head-coaching jobs

I honestly think he won't be a HC in 2014, he is content where he is and is on the verge of a Superbowl. After 10 years of bad teams why would he go back to one.
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I don't think he can interview while we are still in contention. Not sure though?
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He best not be going anywhere!
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He can be like his dad and just call the offensive players by their numbers
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I don't think he goes anywhere after only one year
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He's not going anywhere.
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Re: Rob Ryan deserves a chance to interview for head-coaching jobs

Vikings fired Leslie Frasier; wonder if Offensive Line Coach Jeff Davidson is available?!? I'd consider getting Joe Bugel out of retirement to whip that unit into shape...

When Ryan does leave, if the Raiders stick Dennis Allen with the bill for the salary/roster dump that cost him at least two years of his tenure with the team, I'd jump at that opportunity to have him return to the fold...

Know he's a favorite here, but we really haven't developed any linebackers since Joe Vitt has been here...

And McMahon has been everyone's whipping boy for the underperforming kicking game...

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"but we really haven't developed any linebackers since Joe Vitt has been here..."

i dare you to say that to any of the linebackers face.
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Old 01-07-2014, 09:48 PM   #10
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It has been mentioned. I heard them throwing his name around on ESPN a little while ago. God I hope he stays. He deserves a shot and I sure wouldn't hold it against him if he did go but I would love to see what our defense would look like after a couple of years when he starts to get some of his own players in. He'll I'm excited to see what our defense will look like with Victor Butler in.
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