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Former Saints DL backs Rob Ryan’s claim

Posted by Chris Brown on June 2, 2016 – 9:30 am

Last week in an interview with SI.com Bills Assistant head coach/Defense Rob Ryan said he was stripped of control in running the New Orleans defense where he served as defensive coordinator last season. Saints head coach Sean Payton denied the claim. Now a former Saints defensive lineman has come to the defense of Ryan, saying the Bills assistant absolutely had his decision making power on how the defense was to be run taken from him.

Chicago Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, who played for the Saints last season, told Chicago reporters this week that Rob Ryan was in fact stripped of decision making concerning the team’s defense.

“Not to talk about New Orleans for the rest of this interview, but as a player in that system, you can see when power is taken away from a guy,” Hicks said. “It was evident in that situation and you saw what the turnout was because of it.”

The Saints finished last in the league in defense in 2015.

“I’ll forever and always have a lot of love for Rob Ryan, just because there’s nobody that’s going to shoot you straighter,” Hicks told the Chicago media Wednesday. “He’s going to tell you how it is, he’s going to tell you how he feels, and you’re always going to understand his perspective on things, and I feel like that was taken away.”


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