It looks like the biggest question regarding the Saints going into 2015 may have just been answered. Saints GM Mickey Loomis refused to comment in his "end of season" press conference yesterday on Rob Ryan's status within the organization. Today, an unnamed source has chosen to spill the red beans & rice to NOLA.com's Larry Holder.
Rob Ryan's job is "safe" and he will remain the New Orleans Saints' defensive coordinator for the 2015 season, according to a source familiar with the situation.
However, the source added, there are looming changes to the defensive coaching staff as well as personnel on that side of the ball. Within the past few days the Saints already have parted ways with three assistants, longtime tight ends coach Terry Malone, receivers coach Henry Ellard and assistant secondary coach Andre Curtis.
Since the season ended a week and a half ago coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis have been mum publicly about Ryan's future. The defensive coordinator has come under fire after the Saints' defense plummeted to 31st in the league this season after finishing fourth overall in 2013, Ryan's first season in New Orleans.
If there are "looming changes to the defensive coaching staff" to come, what changes do you think those might be? Payton has already said good-bye to one assistant coach who's been with him since 2006. Will we see the departure of others? Bill Johnson and Joe Vitt haven't exactly been setting opposing offenses on fire with their coaching in recent years.
Looks like my prediction that the Saints will hire Dennis Allen as their new DC will be proven wrong. This means Stuart will now hold me accountable and give me an "Accountability Index" thrashing. May God have mercy on my soul.