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Author: Jon Kuzma
It appears the bond between Rob Ryan and Sean Payton has been severed forever. Rob Ryan recently had an interview with Monday Morning Quarterback’s Jenny Vrentas where he went off on a tangent about the the Saints’ defensive woes the past two seasons. Apparently Ryan felt that the Saints defense was put in place to emulate the Seattle Seahawks’ defense. Ryan didn’t agree with that approach but rather than undermine the head coach, he decided to go with it. That resulted in the Saints finishing last in the league the last two years. Ryan stated that while he was disappointed with the results “that wasn’t his defense.” Also stating that he should of stepped up and voiced his concern with the scheme rather than going along with it. Ryan even blamed himself for not stepping up and saying what needed to be said. That lack of action certainly hurt the Saints and eventually led to Rob Ryan’s departure from New Orleans. Now that Rob Ryan has signed with his brother in Buffalo he also has talked about what went bad personnel wise in Louisiana. Ryan said that when the Saints signed free agent Jairus Byrd they wanted to put him in the deep middle of the defense. Similar to how the Seahawks use Earl Thomas in the deep middle third of their defense. That has resulted in 1 interception from Byrd over the last two seasons and really wasted his talents as a playmaker in that particular defense. Byrd had 9 interceptions in his two seasons before heading to New Orleans so you can see how that was a huge regression. So it’s clear Ryan and Payton never seen eye to eye during their time in the Big Easy and now they have bad blood between the two. Coaching is all about incorporating everyone’s views and philosophies into the mix to build a better team culture. These two instead butted heads time and time again and now they will be rivals forever it appears.
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