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Report: Saints plan to hire Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator 02.06.13 at 11:29 am ET
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The Saints are planning to hire former Cowboys assistant coach Rob Ryan as their new defensive coordinator, according to an ESPN report 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 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 earlier in the offseason, but they eventually decided not to hire him. Saints coach Sean Payton 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.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: ESPN fires Rob Parker, apologizes for Brent Musburger 01.09.13 at 7:41 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Suns at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Lakers at Spurs, 8 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
NBA: Mavericks at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Boston College at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Nebraska at Michigan, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Louisville at Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Iowa State at Kansas, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Minnesota at Illinois, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Arkansas at Texas A&M, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: West Virginia at Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UNLV at New Mexico, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Washington at California, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Hawaii at UC-Irvine, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: Harvard at Boston University, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Two days after Rob Parker went on a Detroit television show and attempted to convince people his comments about Robert Griffin III were taken out of context and that he was not questioning RGIII’s “blackness,” ESPN announced that it was parting ways with the “First Take” panelist.

“Rob Parker’s contract expired at year’s end,” a statement from the network read. “Evaluating our needs and his work, including his recent RGIII comments, we decided not to renew his deal.”

Parker, who had been on the show for six years, was serving a 30-day suspension. A “First Take” producer also reportedly was suspended, apparently due to the fact the show re-aired repeatedly with the offensive comments unedited.

In other ESPN news, the network apologized on Tuesday for announcer Brent Musburger gushing about the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron during Monday night’s national championship game. Katherine Webb, the 2012 Miss Alabama, said she wasn’t offended — and her Twitter following has jumped about 200,000 since she was shown on TV during the game — but ESPN felt the need to silence critics of the announcer’s behavior.

“We always try to capture interesting storylines, and the relationship between an Auburn grad who is Miss Alabama and the current Alabama quarterback certainly met that test,” the statement from ESPN read. “However, we apologize that the commentary in this instance went too far, and Brent understands that.”

‘™¦ Tuesday was a rough day for the NFL’s Ryan family. On the same day the Cowboys announced the firing of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, Jets coach Rex Ryan confirmed that two of his assistant coaches (offensive coordinator Tony Sparano and quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh) would not be retained. The Jets also need to hire a new defensive coordinator to replace Mike Pettine, whose contract expires at the end of this month and is interviewing with the Bills, but apparently it won’t be Rex’s brother, as a New York Daily News reports indicates the Jets will go with Dennis Thurman.

“I inherited a team that was 31st in the league in defense and made them better,” Rob Ryan told ESPNDallas.com. “I [expletive] made them a hell of a lot better. I’ll be out of work for like five minutes.”

Rex Ryan, who has two years and more than $6 million remaining on his contract, acknowledged Tuesday that he had concerns he might not be retained after the Jets’ woeful 2012 season. Now, he has a renewed focus as he looks to turn around the team’s fortunes.

“I’€™m approaching this day like it’€™s the first day. Period. Like my first day as a head coach,” he said. “This is a new chance for me. This is a beginning, certainly not an end.”

Ryan also continued to express confidence in his team.

“We are going to be a dangerous football team,” he said. “I can promise you that. I’€™m going to tell you: You’€™re not going to want to play the Jets.”‘€¨’€¨Added Ryan: “We’€™re not going to be bullied. We might not win every game, and no team does. But you’€™ve got to stand for something. We’€™re going to be the team you don’€™t want to play.”

‘™¦ Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain was arrested in his hometown of Decatur, Ala., after he allegedly lied about his identity following a traffic stop for tinted windows. McClain, who was sentenced to 180 days in jail for firing a gun next to a man’s head in 2011 (the case eventually was dismissed after the victim decided to drop the charges), insisted police are out to get him.

“I’m falsely accused of everything,” he told the Decatur Daily. “It’s corrupt. It’s terrible.”

McClain, 23, the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft, was suspended by the Raiders two games late this season after arguing with coach Dennis Allen. He played in 11 games (starting nine), recording 60 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble. He has two years and more than $9 million remaining on his rookie contract.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 9, 1993, who resigned after two seasons as Patriots chief executive officer, clearing the way for the new staff led by coach Bill Parcells?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Rex Ryan’s brother comments on foot-fetish controversy 09.06.11 at 7:27 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY TUESDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m.

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Jets coach Rex Ryan and his twin brother Rob, the defensive coordinator for the Cowboys, face off against each other when their teams open the season Sunday night in New Jersey. On Monday, Rob was asked about the foot-fetish video of his brother that surfaced in December, which Rex never directly commented on.

“Aw, hell, who cares?” Rob told reporters in the Cowboys locker room. “Believe me, everybody has whatever screwed-up thing going on. I don’t care. I’m sure you do, and everybody else that points fingers. Who cares? Everybody has a life off the field. Who gives a crap? I’m sure I’m worse than he is. So, big deal.”

Rob eventually did let down his guard a little, acknowledging about his brother: “He is a little freaky, I guess. Hell, I don’t know. I like everything about my wife. She’s got great feet, too. She’s got everything nice. What the hell.”

‘™¦ Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who left Ohio State under the cloud of an NCAA investigation and after a Sports Illustrated report that his program regularly broke the rules, was named a game-day assistant for the Colts last week. On Monday, following criticism that Tressel did not face a penalty similar to his former quarterback Terrelle Pryor (suspended for the first five NFL games) the team announced that Tressel will not join the team until Week 7.

‘™¦ Running back Chris Jennings had a really bad weekend. First, the 25-year-old was cut by the Jets on Saturday. Then on Sunday morning the former Browns backup was arrested in Ohio after driving 147 mph in a 65 mph zone. He also faced charges of driving under suspension and having expired plates.

‘™¦ Tennis star Andy Roddick reportedly is feuding with ESPN analyst John McEnroe and refused to be in the same room with the tennis legend at the U.S. Open in New York. According to the New York Post, Roddick would not visit the ESPN suite at Arthur Ashe Stadium for an interview until he was assured that McEnroe had left. Roddick did not comment on McEnroe during the interview but called the position of tennis analyst “the easiest job in the world,” adding: “Everyone is an expert, but I am better than most of them have been.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 6, 1964, the Red Sox gave up on which locally born pitcher who would go on to become a three-time All-Star, selling him the Pirates?

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Rob Ryan calls Eagles ‘all-hype team’ 08.02.11 at 9:00 am ET
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Somebody’s taking a page out of his twin brother’s book.

Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, brother of loud and proud Jets head coach Rex Ryan, took a shot at the Eagles following a Monday practice. The Eagles added Pro Bowl cornerbacks Nnamdi Asmoguha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie during this abbreviated offseason as well as defensive end Jason Babin and quarterback Vince Young. That led Young to call Philadelphia a “dream team.”

In reference to his team’s newest defensive linemen (Marcus Spears, Kenyon Coleman and Jason Hatcher), Ryan told the Fort Worth Star Telegram, “I’ve got three bullies over there waiting for Thursday. These are proven players, and that’s what we need. I don’t know if we win the all-hype team, I think that might have gone to somebody else, but we’re going to beat their ass when we play them.”

Ryan never confirmed that the “all-hype team” was in fact the Eagles but the Star Telegram notes that it was easy to read between the lines of the above quote.

Rex Ryan had been a little more forth-coming in telling reporters Monday that he was “challenging the league” to beat the Patriots.

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Dick Jauron reportedly will be Browns defensive coordinator 01.21.11 at 1:17 pm ET
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Massachusetts native Dick Jauron is set to become the defensive coordinator for the Browns under new head coach Pat Shurmur, according to a Sports Illustrated report. The 60-year-old Jauron, who has been a head coach for three NFL teams, last season served as Eagles secondary coach. In Cleveland he would replace Rob Ryan, who was not retained by Shurmur.

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Report: Rob Ryan new Cowboys defensive coordinator 01.17.11 at 7:50 am ET
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According to an Associated Press report, Rob Ryan will be the next Cowboys defensive coordinator. Ryan, the bother of Jets coach Rex Ryan, was defensive coordinator for the Browns the past two seasons under Eric Mangini, who was replaced last week by Pat Shurmur.

Wade Phillips had coached the defense when he was head coach of the Cowboys. When he was replaced midseason by Jason Garrett, defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni became defensive coordinator. Pasqualoni was named UConn head coach last week.

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