Rob Ryan Says Saints Run Defense Has “Definitely Been Fixed”
Rob Ryan was hired as defensive coordinator in New Orleans to help fix a run defense that may have been the worst in the NFL last season, if not history.
Under Steve Spagnuolo, the Saints easily had the league’s worst run defense. They allowed a league-high 147.6 rushing yards per game and allowed ball carriers to gain nearly 5.2 yards per carry, the highest total allowed by any NFL defense since 2006.
“Honestly, I don’t think the scheme was very sound in the running game,” Ryan said in the interview, which aired over the weekend. “That’s not a fault of anybody else. I’ve just been around football my whole life. I know it wasn’t (sound). We’re going to fix it. That’s definitely been fixed.”
Ryan said that the switch to a 3-4 scheme will help. I believe the addition of stud rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro, nose tackle John Jenkins and free-agent defensive end Kenyon Coleman should help as well.
Ryan called Kenyon Coleman “the best run defender in football as a 3-4 end.”
It will definitely be interesting to see how Ryan’s defense in New Orleans pans out. It’s ironic, that Ryan was fired in Dallas because his defense was labeled “unsound” as well.