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Your daily collection of Saints/NFL-related news, analysis, commentary, opinion, and whatnot. TODAY's HEADLINE: Saints hire Rob Ryan as new defensive coordinator.

Big Bad Rob's coming to town.
Big Bad Rob's coming to town.
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The Saints have hired Rob Ryan as Def. Coordinator &amp; Stan Kwan as Assistant Special Teams Coach <a href="http://t.co/blIz5xPk" title="http://bit.ly/WVRgdr">bit.ly/WVRgdr</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/300258384488308737">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I want to hang this on my living room wall RT @<a href="https://twitter.com/steven3210">steven3210</a>: @<a href="https://twitter.com/skooks">skooks</a> Did you see this guy? <a href="http://t.co/UoxchnpF" title="http://twitpic.com/c273ny">twitpic.com/c273ny</a></p>&mdash; skooks (@skooks) <a href="https://twitter.com/skooks/status/300258631402807296">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I know!Think of the CLASSLESSNESS!!! @<a href="https://twitter.com/priscocbs">priscocbs</a>: Can't wait to see Rob Ryan, Joe Vitt and Sean Payton all together. Wow.</p>&mdash; Held Over (@hakimdropsball) <a href="https://twitter.com/hakimdropsball/status/300253980972441601">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Rob Ryan was probably the riskiest choice out there; the move is right in line with Payton's philosophy. Good to see it's still intact.</p>&mdash; Reid G. (@ReidG75) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReidG75/status/300254301232713728">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Runnin to the heavens this mornin...I always enjoy a mornin run and even better wit a beautiful mornin <a href="http://t.co/vEUqfm5G" title="http://instagr.am/p/Vg48ZfnzQN/">instagr.am/p/Vg48ZfnzQN/</a></p>&mdash; cameron jordan (@camjordan94) <a href="https://twitter.com/camjordan94/status/300252934946570241">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Joggin hazards... Tumbleweeds n chandler?? What the deuce <a href="http://t.co/pTtJ12jk" title="http://instagr.am/p/Vg5NnjHzQd/">instagr.am/p/Vg5NnjHzQd/</a></p>&mdash; cameron jordan (@camjordan94) <a href="https://twitter.com/camjordan94/status/300253298374610944">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>@<a href="https://twitter.com/larryholder">larryholder</a> Any word on whether or not Ryan will be allowed to bring any position coaches in with him?</p>&mdash; Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/status/300245122174562304">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Coming personnel moves will be interesting in NOLA. Ryan hire puts Saints on the radar for hybrid edge FAs, like Anthony Spencer.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/300246591078559746">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>This hire won't be like Ram's hire. It'll stick. Rob runs a good, aggressive scheme - something the Saints need</p>&mdash; Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) <a href="https://twitter.com/JayGlazer/status/300247171092054018">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Regardless of whether the Ryan move works or not, it's reassuring that Payton isn't taking the safe/conservative route.</p>&mdash; Reid G. (@ReidG75) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReidG75/status/300254699586740224">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Also Ryan, unlike Spags, appears to be loved by his players. That should help with attracting free agents.</p>&mdash; Reid G. (@ReidG75) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReidG75/status/300255187082305536">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Go out and get hammered at Carnival. Wake up the next morning with Rob Ryan. Sounds about right.</p>&mdash; skooks (@skooks) <a href="https://twitter.com/skooks/status/300255353281597440">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Even money that Mike Freeman is the first to write a dick-ish column about Ryan's hiring.</p>&mdash; Reid G. (@ReidG75) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReidG75/status/300255488522719234">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>When the offenses get all unconventional... sometimes there's a man</p>&mdash; skooks (@skooks) <a href="https://twitter.com/skooks/status/300257096119767040">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Dear sweet lil' baby Jesus lying in a manger, please let Rob Ryan start an ugly and open feud with Jeff Duncan. Amen.</p>&mdash; SportsCajun (@SportsCajun) <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsCajun/status/300256481205424128">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Rob Ryan becomes the fourth defensive coodinator in Sean Payton's 7-plus-year <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> tenure.</p>&mdash; Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncanTP) <a href="https://twitter.com/JeffDuncanTP/status/300258296944812032">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>In the past 2 decades, <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> have had 10 DCs: Sidwell; Kiffin; Haslett; Yaralian; Zook; Venturi; Gibbs; Williams; Spagnuolo; &amp; now Ryan.</p>&mdash; Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncanTP) <a href="https://twitter.com/JeffDuncanTP/status/300260389910880258">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I know Payton hired him but can we really call Spags a Saints D coordinator during the "Payton regime"? Maybe the un-Payton regime.</p>&mdash; skooks (@skooks) <a href="https://twitter.com/skooks/status/300261949499899906">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>"@<a href="https://twitter.com/thatmurph">thatmurph</a>: @<a href="https://twitter.com/saints">saints</a> Much easier getting through crowds with @<a href="https://twitter.com/jedcollins45">jedcollins45</a> leading the way!"Haha I wish I got through the crowds easy</p>&mdash; Jedidiah Collins (@JedCollins45) <a href="https://twitter.com/JedCollins45/status/300264536869584898">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> total defensive rankings in past 20 years: 93-7; 94-25; 95-22; 96-13; 97-4; 98-26; 99-20; 00-8; 01-16; 02-27; ... (1/2)</p>&mdash; Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncanTP) <a href="https://twitter.com/JeffDuncanTP/status/300265836902486016">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a>' total defnesive rankings in the past 20 years: ... 03-18; 04-32; 05-14; 06-11;07-26; 08-23; 09-25; 10-4; 11-24; &amp; 12-32. (2/2)</p>&mdash; Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncanTP) <a href="https://twitter.com/JeffDuncanTP/status/300265923770728451">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>@<a href="https://twitter.com/jeffduncantp">jeffduncantp</a> Is that yards or points?</p>&mdash; Reid G. (@ReidG75) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReidG75/status/300266093166084097">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>@<a href="https://twitter.com/reidg75">reidg75</a> Yards.</p>&mdash; Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncanTP) <a href="https://twitter.com/JeffDuncanTP/status/300266907070767104">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Saints have had just 3 Top 10 defenses since the Dome Patrol days: 1997-4th; 2000-8th; &amp; 2010-4th. Each time they've plummeted the next year</p>&mdash; Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncanTP) <a href="https://twitter.com/JeffDuncanTP/status/300266624756359169">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The Saints went from 4th to 26th in 1998; from 8th to 16th in 2001; and from 4th to 24th in 2011.</p>&mdash; Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncanTP) <a href="https://twitter.com/JeffDuncanTP/status/300266855170449408">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The Saints have not had back-to-back Top 10 defensive seasons since 1992-93 when they ranked 2nd &amp; 7th, respectively.</p>&mdash; Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncanTP) <a href="https://twitter.com/JeffDuncanTP/status/300267205378052096">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Credit to Adam who was on this from the start. RT @<a href="https://twitter.com/adamschefter">adamschefter</a>: As expected, Saints hired Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/300268714534785024">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>It will be interesting to see if Rob Ryan &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> go after OLB Anthony Spencer in free agency. Spencer thrived in Ryan's scheme last year.</p>&mdash; Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncanTP) <a href="https://twitter.com/JeffDuncanTP/status/300268962493644800">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I distinctly remember Drew Brees bringing up Anthony Spencer's name unsolicited during a Dallas week presser this year. <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Purdue">#Purdue</a> connection.</p>&mdash; Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncanTP) <a href="https://twitter.com/JeffDuncanTP/status/300271374688219136">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>As noted by @<a href="https://twitter.com/jeffschultzajc">jeffschultzajc</a>, the <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> &amp; Jets play this season in New York. Nola/T-P editors prob already plotting our <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23RyanBowl">#RyanBowl</a> coverage.</p>&mdash; Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncanTP) <a href="https://twitter.com/JeffDuncanTP/status/300273309797453824">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>RT @<a href="https://twitter.com/adbrandt">adbrandt</a>: Thought the Saints might move away from a snarling, cursing, screaming in-your-face defensive coordinator.Thought wrong.</p>&mdash; Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncanTP) <a href="https://twitter.com/JeffDuncanTP/status/300277149783453696">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Rob Ryan must be a great interview. None of his last 6 defenses, in Dal+Cle+Oak, ranked better than 14th in yds allowed/13th in pts allowed.</p>&mdash; Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) <a href="https://twitter.com/SI_PeterKing/status/300282503774748672">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I hope Rob Ryan parties on Bourbon Street, spends time at Visions, and puts on an additional 30lbs while here. Just to piss people off.</p>&mdash; Juan Scroates (@JuanScroates) <a href="https://twitter.com/JuanScroates/status/300270708339134464">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Let's be honest. The <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> only need to move up about 10 spots in total defense, points allowed to become a legit contender again.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/300283377599258624">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>And it might not even take that much.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/300283452333375488">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I think Rob Ryan is a real good hire for us. What do you guys think? Good or bad, and why?</p>&mdash; Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonVilma51/status/300284268628811776">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>"@<a href="https://twitter.com/realtoneedmonds">realtoneedmonds</a>: @<a href="https://twitter.com/jonvilma51">jonvilma51</a> Was stupid for Dallas to let him go. Great pick up." Interesting...do u guys agree?</p>&mdash; Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonVilma51/status/300288685327400961">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>While joggin this am I found a wallet on the side of the road, funnier thing is I think me n this kid went to Chs together.</p>&mdash; cameron jordan (@camjordan94) <a href="https://twitter.com/camjordan94/status/300289843148234752">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Snapshot of the NFL front office's influence on media: There is greater criticism over Ryan's hiring than Gregg's reinstatement and hiring.</p>&mdash; Mitch Smith (@MitchDMS) <a href="https://twitter.com/MitchDMS/status/300284764638834688">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>One more thing and then I'm off to Endymion: the <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> did much better defensively under a fiery guy rather than mild-mannered ones.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/300293134397603842">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>That's cold BLOODED! /Rick James'd "@<a href="https://twitter.com/reidg75">reidg75</a>: Schefter peering down from his spectacles with disdain. That was cold."</p>&mdash; Held Over (@hakimdropsball) <a href="https://twitter.com/hakimdropsball/status/300297101512937473">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>@<a href="https://twitter.com/jonvilma51">jonvilma51</a> tell Sean to jump on Ed Reed! Let him retire in his home town!</p>&mdash; Christian McClendon (@RealCMcClendon) <a href="https://twitter.com/RealCMcClendon/status/300293316904366080">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>What y'all doing today/tonight?!? Any parades or Mardi GRAS festivities for my <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Nola">#Nola</a> people?!?</p>&mdash; Jermon Bushrod (@j_bushrod7475) <a href="https://twitter.com/j_bushrod7475/status/300303345753661440">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Cooper Manning is out at the parade. Telling everyone he is Eli</p>&mdash; skooks (@skooks) <a href="https://twitter.com/skooks/status/300303674423521280">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Hiring Rob Ryan and rearranging front seven from the worst defense in NFL history won't matter if <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> don't add significant playmakers.</p>&mdash; Les East (@EastAdvocate) <a href="https://twitter.com/EastAdvocate/status/300312459280015360">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Fishing in Paradise... <a href="http://t.co/cocIGgfc" title="http://twitter.com/J_7TRE_E/status/300322629540278272/photo/1">twitter.com/J_7TRE_E/statu…</a></p>&mdash; JAHRI EVANS (@J_7TRE_E) <a href="https://twitter.com/J_7TRE_E/status/300322629540278272">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Where is Crewe of Tucks, we are waiting.... <a href="http://t.co/H8w00JzV" title="http://twitter.com/thomasmorstead/status/300345420444471296/photo/1">twitter.com/thomasmorstead…</a></p>&mdash; Thomas Morstead (@thomasmorstead) <a href="https://twitter.com/thomasmorstead/status/300345420444471296">February 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Big Bad Rob Comes to Town

New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton Announces Two Coaching Staff Additions | neworleanssaints.com
The Saints have hired Rob Ryan as Defensive Coordinator and Stan Kwan as Assistant Special Teams Coach.

New Orleans Saints hire Rob Ryan as their new defensive coordinator | NOLA.com
Larry Holder

Saints hire Rob Ryan, add special teams assistant coach | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles

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Rob Ryan to coach New Orleans Saints defense | NFL.com
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New Orleans Saints players applaud the hiring of Rob Ryan | NOLA.com
Nakia Hogan

Rob Ryan hire appears to be mixed bag for Saints | sportsnola.com
Ken Trahan

Saints Hire Rob Ryan to Run Defense | thesaintsnation.com
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Deke Bellavia

After 22,987 Minutes Of Unemployment, 6,899 Minutes Of Employment, And Another 15,659 Minutes Of Unemployment, Rob Ryan Has Signed On With The Saints | deadspin.com
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