Talk about a dramatic day in the Crescent City.
Despite early morning reports of Rob Ryan being fired from the New Orleans Saints, head coach Sean Payton told media during his press conference Monday that the embattled defensive coordinator is still on staff. Alex Marvez of FOX Sports made the initial report about the coaching change.
Payton called the Rob Ryan report ‘speculation’ and that the team has not yet met to discuss any potential changes at this time. Of course, the Saints’ head coach is known to beat around the bush.
With the defense ranked at the bottom of almost every statistical category since last season, it is time for Ryan to go. Sunday’s atrocious performance against the Washington Redskins was the icing on the cake after the Saints defense allowed 526 total yards. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins finished the day 20 of 25 for 324 yards and four touchdowns. He had a PERFECT passer rating of 158.3.
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New Orleans’ problems stretch further than talent and personnel, but regardless, it’s time for a change. The first step is firing Rob Ryan. After calling for his head weeks ago, and some even months ago before the season began, Saints fans were delighted to see the report of him getting laid off.
As you can imagine, after Payton shot down the rumors, fans were very displeased. But don’t let Coach fool you — he’s great at doing that. Payton will likely be meeting with general manager Mickey Loomis soon. If I had to guess, Rob Ryan is still a goner.
The press conference was moved up for a reason, and I’ll leave it at that. The next couple of days should be interesting for Saints fans and media, as it seems we have all fallen victim to a waiting game down on the bayou. It’s just a matter of time.