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Saints' Jairus Byrd eager to work with Rob Ryan


The New Orleans Saints added former Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd in free agency this offseason. In an interview with Mike Triplett of ESPN.com, Byrd talked about the decision to go to the Saints citing the combination of their potent offense and stingy defense. He also talked about the unorthodox play-calling of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

“To have that ability with an offense that’s gonna put up points and a stingy defense like that and exotic in the way Coach Ryan calls things, it’s unorthodox, it’s gonna keep people guessing,” Byrd said. “That combination right there was enough.”

“Look, he has some stuff in his head that he’s gonna get out one way or the other.”

Ryan is fired up about the up coming season and according to Sheldon Mickles of the New Orleans Advocate, Ryan told his players they were “going to have fun at somebody else’s expense.” And as excited as Byrd is to play for Ryan, he is equally excited about having Byrd in his secondary along side Kenny Vaccaro.

“He can hawk that ball, so it’s going to be fun to watch him,” Ryan said. ““I tell you what, to be honest with you I had no idea [about the pursuit of Byrd]. “I was just overwhelmed, so excited about it.

“They were smart about. They know players and they know who we need and went out and got the guy we really need and I’m just so excited about it. To get this young man, it’s so awesome for us.”

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