While brother Rex Ryan is unemployed at the moment after being fired by the New York Jets, his brother Rob Ryan was given good news today. For several weeks, there was speculation that the New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator would be fired.
However, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Ryan will be the team’s defensive coordinator during the 2015 season. No official announcement has been made by the team yet, though.
In his first year as the Saints defensive coordinator, he guided the Saints to the fourth-best finish in total defense during the 2013 season. His defense was also second against the pass in the league.
This season, the Saints finished with a 7-9 record, and finished second in the NFC South. Ryan’s defense was 31st in yards allowed, 25th against the pass, and 29th against the run.
Throughout the season, both Ryan and head coach Sean Payton got into several arguments on the sidelines. At one point, there was a report that both men hated each other.
The Saints had lofty goals for the 2014 season, but those goals never came true. The team struggled across the board.
His defensive unit gave up 345 first downs with 111 on the ground and 205 through the air. The remaining 29 were from penalties.
They also gave up 99 of 215 third down conversions. Plus, an additional four of eight on 4th down conversions.
The defense allowed six-yards per play and allowed 6,144 yards on the season.
There were 2,125 yards on the ground and 4,109 yards through the air.
The defense also had 30 sacks and allowed 47 touchdowns.