After regressing on the defensive side of the ball, many are questioning if DC Rob Ryan can co-exist with head coach Sean Payton.
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The New Orleans Saints have reportedly not made any decisions regarding the future of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, according to head coach Sean Payton.
“Anything we do from a personnel standpoint involving players, or from a coaching standpoint involving coaches, will be announced and talked about at the appropriate time,” he said, per The Times-Picayune. “Today would not be the day to do that.”
The Saints fell to 31st in total yards allowed and 28th in points per game in 2014, after investing tens of millions on the defense on players like Safety Jairus Byrd.
Ryan, in 11th season as an NFL defensive coordinator, has had just two seasons leading a team that finished in the top 15 in total defense and five with teams ranked 27th or worse. Nonetheless, he turned the Saints defense – which had set NFL records for yards allowed in 2012 – into the league’s 4th best defense in 2013, his first year with the team.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport noted that Payton might not want to cut Ryan loose after just two seasons at the risk of being seen as a coach who can’t keep a defensive coordinator – the Saints have hired and fired four difference defensive coordinators under Payton since he was hired in 2006.