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Old 12-28-2014, 08:14 AM   #1
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Rob Ryan: Saints ‘drank the Kool-Aid a little bit too much’

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan acknowledged Friday that he and his players got too caught up in the preseason praise and expectations.

The Saints have gone from fourth in yards allowed in 2013 to 31st in 2014.

“Obviously we drank the Kool-Aid a little bit too much, I think. And if they don’t think so, I think that’s wrong. I think that’s an honest opinion,” Ryan said, via ESPN.com. “I think we forgot how we had success [last year]. You know, the ‘Nola’ defense, where nobody likes our ass. That’s how we played better, when our backs were against the wall, when we had a lot to prove.

“I think we didn’t get soft in a year’s time, but certainly we could have played better and started faster. And it cost us early in some games, and then we’re treading uphill the rest of the year.”

Ryan said if he’s back with the Saints next season, the first thing he will improve is himself.


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New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan acknowledged Friday that he and his players got too caught up in the preseason praise and expectations.

The Saints have gone from fourth in yards allowed in 2013 to 31st in 2014.

“Obviously we drank the Kool-Aid a little bit too much, I think. And if they don’t think so, I think that’s wrong. I think that’s an honest opinion,” Ryan said, via ESPN.com. “I think we forgot how we had success [last year]. You know, the ‘Nola’ defense, where nobody likes our ass. That’s how we played better, when our backs were against the wall, when we had a lot to prove.

“I think we didn’t get soft in a year’s time, but certainly we could have played better and started faster. And it cost us early in some games, and then we’re treading uphill the rest of the year.”

Ryan said if he’s back with the Saints next season, the first thing he will improve is himself.


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He's right. We didn't want to work for it. Winning is hard and we put forth a half ass effort, but still (even riding a losing record) couldn't wait to tell the world about how much talent we had. **** talking, for the first time under SP, started. That **** needs to be nipped in the bud. Before both Falcons games we talked ****, and we lost both games.
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Re: Rob Ryan: Saints ‘drank the Kool-Aid a little bit too much’

That is so unprofessional. Really disappointing.
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That is so unprofessional. Really disappointing.
Really? I didn't think so. I think he called them out. I think he is trying to give them a chip for next year??
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Really? I didn't think so. I think he called them out. I think he is trying to give them a chip for next year??
How can an entire football organisation get caught up in praise and hype and not understand that success takes hard work?

What this tells me is that they didn't do the work to bridge the gap between reality and where they perceived themselves to be (which was clearly much higher than reality).

That is an extremely poor attitude and a lot of this lies with the coaching staff. They are the ones that should have the insight to see this and act accordingly.
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How can an entire football organisation get caught up in praise and hype and not understand that success takes hard work?

What this tells me is that they didn't do the work to bridge the gap between reality and where they perceived themselves to be (which was clearly much higher than reality).

That is an extremely poor attitude and a lot of this lies with the coaching staff. They are the ones that should have the insight to see this and act accordingly.
No, I thought you were saying his comments were unprofessional. LOL!
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I appreciate his honesty. Maybe this humbling season will put that chip back on everyone's shoulder.
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Bad season both sides of the ball...
Reload for next year
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Umm, let's not forget about our great QB who just happens to be 4th in throwing INT'S this year. I mean some of those INT'S were just stupid on Drew's part. I'm not letting him off easy on any of those.
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