New Orleans Saints defensive co-ordinator Rob Ryan has spoken out today on the struggling Saints defense and has been quite critical of literally everyone.
Including himself, Ryan has claimed the need for improvement next year but has appeared aware that he may be out of a job in the upcoming off-season.
The Saints defense made a drastic decline in the last year after finishing fourth in the league in terms of yards allowed in 2013 to currently being 31st in the league this year.
Ryan however has refused to speak on his future but has approached next season with a large amount of scepticism.
"If I get a chance, that'd be awesome. But, hey, the numbers are what they are. They don't look good," - Rob Ryan on his chances of returning to New Orleans
However, with one game left in the regular season and the Saints already eliminated from the play-off picture, if Ryan is to go, he has gone down swinging.
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Ryan claimed that all of his defense were slow starters this season and that was what caused their downfall.
"Obviously we drank the Kool-Aid a little bit too much, I think. And if they don't think so, I think that's wrong. I think that's an honest opinion,"
Ryan may not have wanted to speak about his job security given that the Saints have missed out on the play-offs for the second time in three years.
Ryan along with many of the Saints fans may be unsure if he will still be with the team next year, but if he is, he has already began planning on some defensive improvements.
"If I'm back, I'm gonna start [the improvement] with me."
STRUGGLING IN A LOWLY DIVISION
The Saints have missed out on the play-offs this year in what has proven to be a very competitive NFC conference this year.
It is not just the Saints though as the entire NFC South division has been struggling all year with many asking if it has now become the worst division in NFL history?
The Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons will play in a winner-take-all contest on Sunday to decide the winner of the division.
The Falcons are currently 6-9 whilst the Panthers are 6-8-1 meaning that a team with a losing record will be hosting a play-off game this year.