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Rob Ryan fired by New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton confirms the sacking of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

The New Orleans Saints have fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, head coach Sean Payton confirmed on Monday.

A 47-14 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday proved to be the final game in Ryan's two-year stay with the Saints as the franchise look for a solution to their defensive struggles, with senior defensive assistant Dennis Allen stepping up to take the role.

"I'm disappointed for Rob it didn't work out," Payton revealed on his weekly show on WWL Radio.

"I'll tell you one thing now: He's a fantastic staff guy, respected greatly, not only in the locker room but by his peers and we just had to look closely at some point to at least give this an option because the direction we were heading wasn't good.

"We really struggled with substitutions, getting lined up, getting guys on the field and being able to function."

The Saints, who are 4-5 this season, return to action against the Houston Texans on November 29.

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Head coach Dennis Allen of the Oakland Raiders watches on from the sidelines during their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 23, 2012
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