Rob Ryan was available for hire by the New Orleans Saints because he was fired by the Dallas Cowboys on January 8, two years into his three-year contract.

As we sort out whether or not the hiring is a good move by the Saints, I thought it might help us to go beyond just looking at overall defensive rankings and commenting on his personality and style, and take a look at THIS PIECE by rabblerousr of CSC's sister site Blogging The Boys, which tries to explain exactly what things didn't work for Ryan in Dallas. I highly encourage everyone to read the full text of the post.

Soon after Cowboys owner Jerry Jones's post-season promise of changes to be made that would make people uncomfortable, Ryan was let go, along with running backs coach Skip Peete.

Here's head coach Jason Garrett's official statement on the move (source):

"I want to express my appreciation to Rob for all of his efforts and contributions to the Cowboys over the past two years," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said in a statement. "At this time, the decision has been made to move forward in a different direction philosophically on defense. I have an immense amount of respect for Rob as a person and as a football coach and I wish him and his family the very best."

Hmm, that sounds familiar to me. Now, where have I read that before? Check the second paragraph.