Ryan opened up about his time in New Orleans with Jenny Vrentas of MMQB. In Ryan's words, his last two years with the Saints "were a waste of time." Vrentas asked the Ryan brothers about their decision to work with one another when Rob mentioned his time with the Saints.
"For me, and I’ll speak for myself on this, I have an extra hunger," Rob said. "I have always been a guy who is going to work my tail off, and I think I have always advanced the head coach’s plan. But at the end of the day, the last two years in New Orleans were a waste of time for me. I want to give everything I have to a team that I want to be a part of, with a head coach I want to be a part of."
Rob Ryan continued to talk about his time with the Saints and noted that the last two seasons in New Orleans didn't have his signature on them.
"I have coordinated in college and in the pros," Rob stated. "And the biggest history of improvement ever in the league, I coordinated that defense [the 2013 Saints]. The defenses I have taken over were ranked, like, 31st. Oh, 'my numbers aren’t too good.' You take over the 31st group and see how you do. And you’re given about two years to do it. There are two years that don’t have my signature on them, and it’s the last two years in New Orleans. And that’s just the truth."
Ryan went on to say that he was tired of acting like the defense in New Orleans was his own in the last two seasons. He noted that he wasn't forced into changing the defense, but said that the system was changed. According to Ryan, the Saints attempted to change their system to what the Seattle Seahawks were doing on the field.
Ryan stated, "Everyone wants to run Seattle’s defense. They should have hired a Seattle coach. I did the best job I could. Under the circumstances, trust me, I did the best job I could. I’ll be better anywhere else. I’ll be great anywhere else. But it was unfortunate."
Rob Ryan added that he learned from his time in New Orleans.
"I am not going to sit on my hands, like I did in New Orleans," Ryan said. "The biggest mistake I think I made in New Orleans was sitting on my hands and collecting a paycheck, instead of going in, knowing it was wrong and fixing it. When we wanted to change the philosophy of the defense, I should have… I should have been a d--- like everybody else would have been. That’s the truth. Instead, I tried to toe the company line."
Once the Saints decided to change their defensive philosophy, Rob Ryan said he should have been fired. Now, he's in a place where he knows his type of system will be utilized and he's ready to help in any way possible. Ryan feels confident that Buffalo will "kick everybody's ass" starting in 2016.
"They should have fired me. They probably should have fired everybody that made that decision to go in that direction. Now I’m going to move my whole family over here to Buffalo for a reason: to go kick everybody’s ass, including theirs."
Hearing Rob Ryan's side of the story on what happened in New Orleans was certainly interesting. Ryan had early success in New Orleans so it's strange that the Saints tried to change their defensive philosophy under his watch. The Ryan brothers have a lot to prove this season, but they'll certainly be on the same page throughout the year.