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New Orleans Saints fire DC Rob Ryan

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By Anthony Caruso III

This was expected, as the New Orleans Saints have fired their defensive coordinator Rob Ryan this morning. The Saints are one of four teams in their bye week.

Head coach Sean Payton and Ryan reportedly never got along. And one has to wonder why this move didn’t come sooner.

Rob Ryan with Drew Brees (Getty Images)

Rob Ryan with Drew Brees (Getty Images)

Former Oakland Raiders head coach and the team’s defensive assistant Dennis Allen is expected to take over the defensive coordinator duties.

In the past two seasons under Ryan, the Saints defense has been down-right woeful. They were 31st in yards allowed last season.

This season, through 10 games, the Saints are dead-last in defense.

They’re giving up 31.5 points per game. That’s the most of any team in the NFL.

The only team closest to them are the woeful Detroit Lions, who have fired almost everyone this season, yet is giving up 29 points per game through nine games.

The Saints are on pace to giving up the most touchdowns in NFL history.

Ryan will land elsewhere in the off-season. But with that said, there’s evidence to say that he’s not a very good defensive coordinator.

The Saints have given up 63 first downs on rushing plays, while another 136 on passing plays. The defense has given up 4,247 yards.

Under Ryan, the defense is giving up 6.7 yards per play. That’s a lot when the Saints offense, led by future Hall of Famer Drew Brees is only getting 6-yards per play.

Through 10-games, the Saints have given up 37 touchdowns. This includes the seven touchdown game against the New York Giants.

His defensive unit also had 24 sacks.

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