Heading into the offseason, it had seemed like Rob Ryan and the New Orleans Saints were destined for a split; mostly due to the turmoil between Ryan and head coach Sean Payton; turmoil that was obvious when the two were seen bickering and screaming at each other on the sidelines during the 2014 season.
Not to mention, the Saints defense regressed; as they went from the fourth best defense in 2013 to being the number 31 defense in the NFL, and the record from 2013 to 2014 would warrant the drop, especially since the Saints were a playoff team in 2013, while now, they're watching the Carolina Panthers as the NFC South winners advance to play the Seattle Seahawks.
But despite everything that has happened, Payton and the Saints have decided to retain Ryan as their defensive coordinator for the 2015 season, as Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times wrote on Wednesday.
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"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."