Oct 6, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The Saints beat the Bears 26-18. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Ryan: I know I'm a great coach


New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is preparing to face off against the team that he coached for just a year ago before he was fired. Of course, that would be enough motivation for anyone, but there is also the discussion of why he lost his job.

Many will point to the lack of production from Ryan’s defensive unit as the reason for his firing, but Ryan remains confident that he is among the best coaches in the league.

“Whatever people suggest, it doesn’t make a crap to me because I know I’m a great coach,” Ryan said, via Pro Football Talk. “So whatever it is, it is. But I said in Dallas on my way out, there are a couple better coaches than me who have been fired. Not many, but there’s a couple.

“If I worried about every team that’s fired me, hell, I’d have a grudge every week. This is a huge game. It’s a big game for both teams.”

The good news for Ryan is that his current team is playing much better than his previous defense, so he has to feel good about that. He will feel even better on Sunday if his new defense can take down the team that fired him less than a year ago.

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