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Coaching Carousel 2016: New Orleans Defense

A detailed look at the impact of Dennis Allen's transition from interim to full-time defensive coordinator.

Nowhere to Go But Up

Rob Ryan may be the most overrated coaches in NFL history. Living off the reputations of his infamous father and his talented twin brother, Ryan has managed to hold senior coaching positions in the NFL for the better part two decades. He has been a defensive coordinator for four NFL teams: Oakland (2004-08), Cleveland (2009-10), Dallas (2011-12) and New Orleans (2013-15). Yet, his teams have rarely been above average:

PeriodYdsRankPtsRankTORankRushYdsRankRuTDRankPaAttRankPaTDRankINTsRank
04-12 22 22 24 24 21 17 14 20
13 4 4 29 19 11 2 6 24
14-15 31 30 24 30 24 28 25 24
  • Ryan's team ranked 22nd in yards and points allowed, on average, prior to his joining new Orleans. He never finished better than 13th in points allowed (2010 Browns)
  • When Ryan joined in 2013, the honeymoon was glorious -- Ryan delivered a top 4 defense (by far the best unit of his career)
  • That proved to be the anomaly as Ryan's units fell to the bottom of the league in the next two seasons, leading to his ouster 10 games into the 2015 season

From Interim to permanent, With A Detour Through The AFC West

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