Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan on the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
When the New Orleans Saints announced that they were going to go to a 3-4 defensive scheme, names like Romeo Crennel and Eric Mangini popped up as potential candidates. Another name that may have as well disappeared for a short time and now may be a possibility as well, Rob Ryan.
Ironically, Ryan went to the St. Louis Rams on the same day as the Saints announcement and appeared to be set as their new defensive coordinator. Then on Tuesday word came that Ryan and the Rams were parting ways over a difference in opinion over his vision for them.
The Rams apparently wanted to run a 4-3 defensive scheme while Ryan wanted to implement his 3-4 scheme. Once again, Ryan is now back on the open market and the Saints could give possibly give him a call.
As the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator in 2012 and 2011 Ryan’s defense ranked 14th in 2011(343.2 yds/game) and 19th in 2012(355.4 yds/game). While with the Cleveland Browns in 2010 and 2009, his defense ranked 31st in 2009(389.3 yds/game) and 22nd in 2010(350.1 yds/game).
In his two seasons in Dallas, Ryan’s defense ranked 23rd(2011) and 19th(2012) in passing while against the run they ranked 7th(2011) and 22nd(2012). The Saints ranked 30th(2011) and 31st(2012) in passing and 12th(2011) and 32nd(2012).
While Ryan’s defense may not be blowing everyone out of the water, the Saints still haven’t made a move or have given a hint as to who they are truly looking at. Rumors of them looking at Crennel have faded after he said he hasn’t heard anything from the club but I wouldn’t take him off the table yet.
NOLA.com Saints beat writer Larry Holder said on Tuesday that San Francisco 49ers defensive line coach Jim Tomsula and secondary coach Ed Donatell could be in consideration for the Saints defensive coordinator job. It would be a very good grab since both of those positions have been a staple for the 49ers.