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Ryan says he and Saints have something to prove

rob-ryanMore than three months after he was hired by the Saints, new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan finally spoke to a throng of local and national media.

Ryan stepped to the podium and joked, “I got no comment”, and then started to walk away.

Ryan said that his dismissal in Dallas and the Saints allowing an NFL record for yards in a 16 game season have brought together a group with much to prove.

” I don’t like getting fired. I know I had a job in 5 minutes. I know that my feelings were hurt and I know our guys had theirs hurt and we are ready to do something about that.”

Ryan spoke highly of all of the Saints defensive assistants, including a coach who acted as interim head coach last season during the suspension of Sean Payton.

“I have the best assistant coach in the NFL, this side of Dick LeBeau. That is Joe Vitt, and he never coached a down of defense last year. That is like getting a first round pick.”

Ryan noted that one of his two Super Bowl rings won with the Patriots was won here in New Orleans. He said was lucky to coach with New England, and now here in New Orleans.

“I got lucky. I came out and are fortunate enough to get with a great program like the Saints, led by Sean Payton,”said Ryan. ” I haven’t felt this way since I was in New England with Bill Belichick. So I am working with the best and hope to be a small part of our success.”

Notes –

First round pick Kenny Vaccaro of Texas looked like a very smooth athlete in Thursday’s OTA. Vaccaro also had a neat take on being in the NFL. “I always wanted football to be my job,” said Vaccaro.

Offensive tackle Charles Brown, who is expected to fight for the starting left tackle spot, missed team drills. Sean Payton said Brown suffered an injury during offseason weightlifting. Payton would not be specific.