The New Orleans Saints, fresh off the back of an awful 7-9 season, have already promised significant changes to the program over the coming months with head coach Sean Payton last week announcing the Saints were looking to adapt at "every element of the program."
Not all change
Those comments brought intense speculation regarding the future of Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan with many expecting him to be fired by the franchise after what has been, in Ryan's own words, his worst ever season as a DC.
News today however suggests that Ryan has been handed a stay of execution by those in charge in New Orleans. ESPN, citing a source close to the situation, has revealed that the Saints will stick with Rob Ryan as Defensive Coordinator for the 2015 season.
Ups and downs
The decision will see Ryan in the role for a third season, with his two previous campaigns marked by their stark contrast.
In his first season working alongside Payton, the Ryan-led Saints defense were ranked fourth in the NFL in total yards allowed and second in passing yards given up. In 2014 however the drop off was dramatic to say the least. The New Orleans Saints ended the regular-season 31st in the league for yards allowed and were constantly playing catch up in games.
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Moreover the relationship between Ryan and Payton had reportedly deteriorated significantly to the point where in-fighting and arguments were common place in the locker room.
News then that the Saints are keeping Ryan around may surprise, and indeed worry, many New Orleans fans who were hoping the team had big plans to turn things around in time for 2015.
In Ryan's defense the Saints were hit with injuries to a number of key men - the most high profile of which saw big money safety Jairus Byrd went down with a knee injury in Week five.
While Ryan will have the chance to right the wrongs of 2014 the same cannot be said for other Saints staff. Tight ends coach Terry Malone is already gone and is expected to be followed in the near future by receivers coach Henry Ellard and assistant defensive backs coach Andre Curtis.
What do you think Saints fans? Are New Orleans right to bring back Ryan after such a tough year? Let us know in the comments section below...
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