Saints Fire DC Rob Ryan Following Latest Awful Outing Against Redskins

Earlier in the day on Monday Saints head coach Sean Payton said at that time no changes had been made in the coaching staff.

Little did he know he’d have to change his tune a few hours later.

The Saints have fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, this on the heels of allowing a Redskins season high 47 points Sunday in an embarrassing 47-14 loss in D.C.

FOX Sports first reported the news of the Ryan firing, which was a long time coming if you’ve watched much of the Saints and their defense the last two years.

Ryan took over the 4th ranked defense in New Orleans in 2013, and basically trying to make it better along with Payton and the front office have gone nothing but backwards the last two years.

The Saints woke up today with the 32nd ranked defense in the league, allowing 424.7 yards per game, 293 yards through the air per game, and 131 yards per game on the ground.

Some of the players that were brought in to help that clearly haven’t include Jairus Byrd, who inked a six-year, $54 million deal back in 2014 and Brandon Browner, who signed a three-year deal in free agency this year.

In Washington Sunday the Saints allowed 324 yards and four touchdowns to Kirk Cousins, a QB that had not thrown more than one touchdown in any game this season until yesterday.

Sunday the Saints became the first team in NFL history to allow four touchdown passes and no interceptions three weeks in a row (Eli Manning, Marcus Mariota and Cousins).

Awful, and probably overdue for a change, which finally will take place now that it’s the bye week and the team has a chance to take a step back and breathe.

Saints Slammed by Cousins and the Redskins 47-14

The Saints defense continued to be awful, and because of it, the team has now lost two in a row after looking at one point to be back in the thick of the NFL race.

Sunday in Washington, they allowed Redskins QB Kirk Cousins to put up a perfect QB rating of 158.3 to lead the Redskins past the Saints 47-14.

Cousins did whatever he wanted against the overmatched Saints secondary, throwing for 324 yards, three scores and zero interceptions on 20-for-25 passing.

”When you’re in the zone and things are going really well, you’re just playing and your mind is free and you’re not allowing things to inhibit your play,” Cousins said.

Cousins hit big plays all over the place, hitting for scores of 78 yards to running back Matt Jones, 16 and 8 yards to tight end Jordan Reed, and 11 yards to receiver Jamison Crowder.

Saints QB Drew Brees went 19 for 28 for 201 yards, two first-half TD passes to Brandin Cooks and two fourth-quarter interceptions. Otherwise the Saints defense never gave them a chance for a win.

”There wasn’t a lot, I’m sure, that we (are) going to look at on that tape that we’re not going to be disappointed in,” Saints coach Sean Payton said.

When asked about changes during the bye week for the Saints, Peyton said ”we’re not going to discuss any of those type of changes, certainly not right now.”

Sunday’s numbers brought the totals for New Orleans’ past three opponents to 130 points and more than 1,400 yards; it’s the most points the Saints have allowed in a single-season three-game span in team history, according to STATS.

”We can’t allow this to keep happening,” safety Kenny Vaccaro said.

Sadly the Saints defense needs to do something. They can’t stop the pass against anyone, and when their offense doesn’t score 30 or more points, they just don’t win.

Once the bye is over the Saints will be at Houston on the 29th of November.

Saints vs Redskins NFL Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday T Terron Armstead (knee), WR Marques Colston (not injury related), CB Brian Dixon (hip), LB Dannell Ellerbe (hip), G Jahri Evans (not injury related), LB David Hawthorne (hamstring), LB Ramon Humber (hamstring), CB Damian Swann (concussion), DT Kevin Williams (not injury related)
  Wednesday LB Hau’oli Kikaha (ankle), G Tim Lelito (shoulder), WR Willie Snead (knee)
Practice Report
  Wednesday DE Jason Hatcher (knee), LB Keenan Robinson (shoulder, neck)
  Wednesday CB Chris Culliver (knee), S Dashon Goldson (wrist, hamstring), CB DeAngelo Hall (toe), WR Andre Roberts (ankle)
  Wednesday CB Bashaud Breeland (hamstring), LB Ryan Kerrigan (hand), DT Terrance Knighton (migraine), C Josh LeRibeus (elbow, shoulder), RB Chris Thompson (back)

Saints Crumble in Overtime to the Titans 34-28

Tennessee Titans v New Orleans Saints

The Saints defense was back to being awful on Sunday, allowing nearly 500 yards to a one-win a team, and because of it the Saints lost to Tennessee 34-28 in overtime.

Marcus Mariota and the Titans were too much, as the rookie QB threw for for a personal-best 371 yards and four touchdowns, including a 5-yard scoring pass to Anthony Fasano for the win.

”Obviously, when you lose like that in overtime, it leaves a sour taste in your mouth,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. ”It was a game, despite the imperfections and how we played, we had a chance still at the end and we weren’t able to execute.”

Mariota hit on 28 of 39 passes, and was quick and played a great game for a guy who has missed time.

Drew Brees was 28 of 39 for 387 yards and three touchdowns. He also scored on a short keeper, but it wasn’t enough for them to keep up their winning ways.

Brees was sacked three times and intercepted on a third-quarter pass to the end zone that was intended for Mark Ingram on a throw that he shouldn’t have made.

Both teams missed go-ahead field goal attempts in the last two minutes of regulation that could have put them ahead.

Ryan Succop for the Titans hit the cross bar on a 55-yard try that would have been a career long. Then Kai Forbath, who a week earlier had kicked a game-winning field goal, had his 46-yard attempt partially blocked by Coty Sensabaugh.

”When you lose the turnover battle, which we did today, when you can’t execute a simple field goal, it’s going to be up and down,” Payton said. ”To get that consistency that we’re looking for, we’re going to have to be better in a lot of areas.”

It’s an awful loss, even more since you were at home and had already overcome an 0-3 start this season.

The Saints play at Washington next week vs the Redskins.

Titans at Saints NFL Week Nine Inactives

Titans inactives: QB Charlie Whitehurst, WR Kendall Wright, CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB Jason McCourty, G Quinton Spain, DE Ropati Pitoitua, DT Mike Martin

Saints inactives: LB Dannell Ellerbe, CB Damian Swann, LB Ramon Humber, LB Hau’oli Kikaha, QB Luke McCown, DT Kaleb Eulls, T Tony Hills

Brees Ties NFL Record with 7 TD Passes; Saints Top Giants 52-49

New York Giants v New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees and the Saints put on an offensive showcase that no one could have seen coming on Sunday, as the QB tied an NFL record with seven touchdowns as the Saints outlasted the Giants 52-49.

Kai Forbath kicked a 50-yard field goal as time ran out for the win for the Saints, who are now .500 on the season at 4-4.

Brees was the story though, throwing for a whopping 511 yards to go along with the seven scoring passes.

”It’s not like we came out today with the intent to set a few records just to shut some people up,” said Brees.

”Our mindset is, every time we step on the field, we have a chance to do something pretty special.”

Maybe the even bigger story is how well the Saints have recovered after a start that had many thinking they would have a top five draft choice next May.

They were 0-3 to start the season, and have won four of their last five to even their mark at the halfway point of the season.

The Saints forced the Giants (4-4) to punt from their 25 with 20 seconds to go.

Marcus Murphy returned Brad Wing’s punt 24 yards across the 50 and fumbled, but Snead recovered. Giants punter Brad Wing may have been better served punting the ball out of bounds. Instead, he tried to make a tackle, but was flagged for a facemask.

That penalty set up the winning kick on Forbath’s first field goal attempt with New Orleans, which signed him before last week’s victory at Indianapolis. It was the fifth winning field goal for the former Redskins kicker and tied his career long.

”I’ve been fortunate to get in situations where it’s come down to a kick,” Forbath said.

”I really work on, in practice, trying to make everything the same every single time.”

Only seven other players threw seven TD passes in a game, including Peyton Manning and Nick Foles in 2013. Sid Luckman, Adrian Burk, George Blanda, Y.A. Tittle and Joe Kapp also did it between 1943-69.

Brees again proved just how good he can be, and how good the Saints can be when he’s as good as he was Sunday against the Giants.

The Saints have a shot to get over .500 as they host the 1-6 Titans next Sunday at home.

Giants vs Saints NFL Week 8 Inactives

Giants inactives: LB Jon Beason, G Bobby Hart, DT Louis Nix, LB JT Thomas, WR Victor Cruz, DE Odighizuwa, CB Amukamara

Saints inactives: LB Dannell Ellerbe, LB David Hawthorne, DL Tavaris Barnes, DL Kaleb Eulls, DE Obum Gwacham, QB Garrett Grayson, OT Andrus Peat

Giants at Saints Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday CB Prince Amukamara (pectoral), LB Jon Beason (ankle), WR Victor Cruz (calf), DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa (hamstring), G Geoff Schwartz (ankle), LB J.T. Thomas (ankle)
  Wednesday LB Uani’ Unga (neck)
  Wednesday WR Odell Beckham (hamstring)
Practice Report
  Wednesday T Terron Armstead (knee), WR Marques Colston (not injury related), LB Dannell Ellerbe (hip), G Jahri Evans (not injury related), LB David Hawthorne (hamstring), G Mike McGlynn (not injury related), T Andrus Peat (knee), DT Kevin Williams (not injury related)
  Wednesday CB Keenan Lewis (hip)
  Wednesday CB Damian Swann (concussion)