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Report: Saints plan to hire Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator

The Saints are planning to hire former Cowboys assistant coach Rob Ryan [1] as their new defensive coordinator, according to an ESPN report [2] that credits league sources.

Ryan, who was fired as Cowboys defensive coordinator on Jan. 8, said at the time, “I’ll be out of work for like five minutes.” Dallas owner Jerry Jones [3] had said that he would make significant changes to the Cowboys after they finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs.

Ryan spoke with the St. Louis Rams [4] earlier in the offseason, but they eventually decided not to hire him. Saints coach Sean Payton [5] said Wednesday on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” that Ryan will interview with the Saints at the end of the week.