Sources: Saints to hire Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator
New Orleans, LA, United States (4E Sports) – After being spurned by the St. Louis Rams, former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has found another team interested in his services.
Sources said that the New Orleans Saints are expected to hire the boisterous Ryan as their defensive coordinator, replacing the fired Steve Spagnuolo.
According to sources, Saints coach Sean Payton wants to switch defensive positions to a 3-4 alignment, a Ryan specialty which he ran during his two seasons with the Cowboys.
Ryan’s fondness for a 3-4 scheme cost him the defensive coordinator position with the Rams, who run a 4-3 alignment.
Earlier, there were reports that Ryan was hired by the Rams as defensive coordinator but was dumped by coach Jeff Fisher, saying that his addition was not a good “scheme fit”.
Ryan beat former Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel and University of Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for the job.
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones fired Ryan on Jan. 8 after the team finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs.
Last season, the Saints set the NFL record for most yards allowed with 7,042. Their defensive unit was 31st in scoring defense, giving up 28.4 points per game.