Insert the it-took-way-longer-than-5-minutes joke here.
Former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has found his new job, exactly a month after being fired from his last one. The New Orleans Saints hired Ryan as their new defensive coordinator, the team announced Saturday. He replaces Steve Spagnuolo, who was let go after the Saints finished last in the NFL in defense last season.
"When you play the way we played defense, it's hard to win," head coach Sean Payton said last month at the Senior Bowl.
Payton, reinstated last month after serving a suspension for his role in the bounty cover-up, said after firing Spagnuolo the team was looking for a coordinator who would run a 3-4 front. He found one in Ryan.
"In regards to Rob, we have experience in preparing and playing against his defenses and they've always been challenging in terms of the different looks and pressures that they feature," Payton said in the team's press release announcing the hiring. "We've had the chance to visit with each other and talk about our visions for our team and I'm excited about moving forward as we prepare for the 2013 season. Rob is enthusiastic about joining our team and getting right to work."
Ryan, who had said he'd be out of work for 5 minutes, nearly became the St. Louis Rams' coordinator, but the Rams cited a difference in "defensive philosophy" during interviews and decided not to hire Ryan.
Last year, the Cowboys gave up the ninth-most points in the league and were 19th in yardage allowed. Still, Payton likes what he's seen over Ryan's nine-year career as a coordinator with the Cowboys, Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders.
"I am excited and thrilled to be joining the New Orleans Saints," Ryan said in the press release. "I have had the opportunity to get to know Sean Payton and his staff a bit better recently and I am excited about joining the team. I have a ton of respect for Mr. Benson, Mickey (Loomis) and the organization and I'm ready to get to work on all facets of the game. This is a great opportunity and we're getting started right away."