The Dallas Cowboys made defensive coordinator Rob Ryan the scapegoat of their 8-8 2012 season. In 2013 the Cowboys went 8-8 again while Ryan has helped the New Orleans Saints get to the Divisional Round of the playoffs as their defensive coordinator. Saints head coach Sean Payton thinks it is only a matter of time before Ryan gets an opportunity to be a head coach.
“I think he’s going to be a head coach,” Payton said, via Pro Football Talk. “I think he’s got a personality that starts with being passionate about the game. He’s also exceptional within the framework of the staff and I think as owners and General Managers look closely at candidates, there’s a handful of things that would be important and compatibility ranks right there at the top.
“So he’s someone that is very well liked within the building from the business side to the football side. I think he’s got a great way about getting the players to play hard, making it exciting and putting them in the best positions possible and again communicating that message with his staff. It’s been a team effort on that side of the ball and I think that here’s a guy that grew up around football and those experiences are invaluable.”
The interview was partially aired last night on NBC’s Sports Network and will be aired in its entirety during Wednesday’s PFT Live.