Saints hire Ryan as defensive coordinator

Updated: February 9, 2013, 12:26 PM ET
Associated Press

METAIRIE, La. -- Saints coach Sean Payton has chosen Rob Ryan as his new defensive coordinator, hoping New Orleans can overhaul a unit that was historically bad last season.

Ryan, the brother of New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, spent the past two seasons as Dallas' defensive coordinator. He was fired after last season, when his defense ranked 19th.

"We have experience in preparing and playing against his defenses and they've always been challenging in terms of the different looks and ...

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