Sean Payton, the head coach of the New Orleans Saints, announced recently that he has hired Rob Ryan to be the team’s new defensive coordinator, after the fallout from the Saints Bounty Gate scandal, which forced Payton to sit out the 2012 NFL football wagering season. Obviously, Payton is hoping that Ryan, the brother of New York Jets head coach, Rex Ryan, will whip New Orleans defense into better shape after a dreadful season.
Payton told a YouWager news source, ”We have experience in preparing and playing against his defenses and they’ve always been challenging in terms of the different looks and pressures that they feature. We’ve had the chance to visit with each other and talk about our visions for our team and I’m excited about moving forward as we prepare for the 2013 season.”
In the 2010 season, YouWager’s most serious NFL football bettors may remember that Ryan was the defensive coordinator for Cleveland, when the Browns embarrassed the Saints in front of a home crowd in the Superdome to the tune of 30-17, by intercepting throws from Drew Brees 4 times during the game.
Coach Payton also announced the addition of Stan Kwan as an assistant special teams coach. Payton told YouWager’s source, ”Stan is a veteran coach that understands all nuances of the special teams game. He has a wealth of knowledge and I believe he will be a good fit.”
Immediately after Payton was able to report to work in New Orleans, at the end of the ban that included the entire 2012 NFL football betting season, he fired defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and revealed that he planned to change the club’s defense strategy from a 4-3 formation, with four down linemen, and three linebackers, to a 3-4 system. Last year, the Saints gave up 7,042 yards to opponents. This is the poorest performance in a season, in the history of the league, an NFL statistician at YouWager tells us.
New guy Ryan has had much experience with 3-4 schemes. Ryan was a linebacker coach in New England for 2 Super Bowl Championship teams. He was also the defensive coordinator for Oakland, Cleveland, and Dallas. According to the late Tennessee Williams, America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else, he said, is Cleveland.
Ryan may be one of the few people to be able to comment on this with accuracy.
In 2009, when Coach Payton hired Gregg Williams, Williams used a modified 4-3 alignment that could change to a 3-4 in certain situations, usually against passing situations. After the 2011 NFL football betting season, Williams left for another job, but was soon banned indefinitely from the NFL for his role in the Saints Bounty program. With the ban lifted, Williams was just hired as a defensive coach by the Tennessee Titans.
YouWager’s NFL expert points out that Williams often said he was a follower of Buddy Ryan, the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears team that won the Super Bowl in 1985. Now, New Orleans will have the son of Williams’ idol. Rob Ryan began his career working for his famous father.