The New Orleans Saints have ended their search for a defensive coordinator, by hiring Rob Ryan to run their new 3-4 scheme. NFL.com's Kareem Copeland reported the news of Ryan's appointment.
What can Saints fans expect from Ryan's defensive scheme? The simple answer is a mix of fronts, each tailored to heavy blitzing. For his base defense, Ryan has tended to favour a traditional, 2-gap 3-4 front.
That puts pressure on the likes of young defensive linemen Cameron Jordan and Akiem Hicks to draw double teams on the edge. It also means the Saints need a hulking nose tackle to occupy the middle. 4-3 veteran Brodrick Bunkley may not have the size the traditional 3-4 demands.
The Saints current personnel does feature a few weapons Ryan should find plenty of use for. Linebacker David Hawthorne is an excellent blitzer, as is strong safety Roman Harper. Ryan will scheme various pressures to free Harper and Hawthorne.