There's no doubt that Rob Ryan has had a profound impact on the New Orleans Saints since joining the franchise this season - but what most people don't know is that he had actually already agreed to work with the St. Louis Rams.
When Sean Payton came back into the game over the summer following his ban, one of the first things he did was instal Ryan as his defensive coach, and the move has worked out a dream with the Saints on top of the NFC South and heading for the play-offs.
Following their season-defining win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, the Saints are now 10-3 and face the Rams this weekend.
Before joining the Saints, Ryan actually spent a week working under Rams head coach Jeff Fisher in January, before the offer from Payton came in.
Fisher says he isn't bitter about the episode, and is looking forward to facing the Saints on Sunday.
“Well, you know, people sometimes in life change their mind," he told reporters ahead of the game.
"And I was fine with that. I had no problem. I want people to … if he wanted to go there, fine. If he wanted to stay here, it was great.
"I thought we had … we were obviously talking, and we spent a couple days together. And he had a change of heart. And that’s fine. I respect him for that.”
When pushed for more information over whether Ryan had signed a contract, he said: “Well, I mean, he had made a commitment to us. He didn’t sign a contract or anything, but he had made a commitment to us.”
The Saints look certain to finish top of the NFC South following their 31-13 win over the Panthers last weekend, and are almost certain of a seeded spot in the divisional round.
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