Rob Ryan was fired by the Dallas Cowboys at the end of last season, which left him scanning the league for jobs and other potential openings. Ryan eventually landed with the New Orleans Saints, who’s defense he has helped turn around drastically this season, but he viewed the position as a perfect opportunity before it even became available.
According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Ryan immediately began trying to get involved with the Saints as soon as he was fired from Dallas and he was hoping that it would pay off.
“I said, ‘Hey man, I don’t know what’s going to happen there, but can you talk to Sean [Payton]?’ Well he couldn’t,” Rob Ryan said, referring to Payton’s one-year suspension, which as of early January hadn’t been lifted. “Nobody could. So I was like damn because that would be the perfect spot for me.”
It was reported that Ryan had agreed to join the St. Louis Rams coaching staff, but nothing was ever signed and he eventually signed on to be the Saints defensive coordinator as soon as the job opened up.
“Getting fired in Dallas was a shock to my system, and I was a little pissed off,” Ryan said. “I took a job with the Rams and hadn’t had anything signed and then just from being there and finding out the direction of how they wanted to do things, it was my obligation not only to me but to them to just walk away and look for something different.”
It all ended up working out for Ryan and the Saints and this season his addition to the staff has paid off on the field.
As for the Cowboys, they continue to struggle on defense and are on track to be one of the worst defensive units in history. Meanwhile, Ryan is enjoying his time in New Orleans, working with an aggresive and impressive defense and preparing for a postseason run.
We think Ryan get the better end of the stick.