Saints News, 3/28/14: Rob Ryan Told Saints Players To Make Someone Else The Punch Line

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Ryan told a group of coaches at a clinic at LSU that his first words to his Saints players last year was that they were “going to have fun at somebody else’s expense.” “We’re going to kick the … out of people,” he said. “‘The bottom line is we’re playing a kid’s game and we’re coaching a kid’s game. If you want to have fun, come with us.’" Ryan also said yesterday that he didn't know Loomis and Payton were going after free agent S Jairus Byrd earlier this month, but he's sure glad they signed him. “He can hawk that ball, so it’s going to be fun to watch him,” Ryan said. “I tell you what, to be honest with you I had no idea [about the pursuit of Byrd]. I was just overwhelmed, so excited about it. They were smart about it. They know players and they know who we need and went out and got the guy we really need and I’m just so excited about it. To get this young man, it’s so awesome for us.”

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"He can hawk that ball, so it’s going to be fun to watch him," Ryan said. ""I tell you what, to be honest with you I had no idea [about the pursuit of Byrd]. "I was just overwhelmed, so excited about it. "They were smart about. They know players and they know who we need and went out and got the guy we really need and I’m just so excited about it. To get this young man, it’s so awesome for us."

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