Sep 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan on the sideline during the fourth quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Falcons 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Sean Payton is back. And Rob Ryan didn’t do too bad either. The Saints offense may not have executed every plan to a tee but it was obvious that Payton was calling the plays. There was a clear offensive balance, 26 passes and 26 non-Brees rushes. That is exactly what Payton intended when he looked at his offense this season.
Rob Ryan was equally a welcome sight. His aggressiveness was on display, as was his tendency to bring pressure. He needs to work on his defensive backfield but his work on the defensive front seven was plainly obvious as opposed to the way it worked last year. As an example, look at the last defensive play. The Saints brought no extra rushers, yet still collapsed the pocket. Rob Ryan knew when and where to throw the pressure. He might just be the best free agent pickup of the Saints this year.