The Saints defense has been putrid all season, but after allowing Kirk Cousins to post a perfect passer rating and giving up 40 offensive points to the Redskins on Sunday, the decision-makers in New Orleans are apparently done with the Rob Ryan era.
According to a report from Alex Marvez of Fox Sports, the Saints are firing their defensive coordinator just 10 games into his third season on the job. The news comes less than 24 hours after the team dropped to a record of 4-6 with its loss at FedEx Field.
A quick look at the stats reveals why the decision is being made. Ryan's group has allowed the most total yards and most points (by a comfortable margin of 38) in the NFL in 2015. The defense has also given up seven more passing touchdowns than any other unit in the league.
Washington achieved numerous milestones against New Orleans during their win, including orchestrating their longest drive in 15 years and putting up their highest point total in a decade. The shellacking they put on the Saints looks to have been the final blow for Ryan, who could have a tough time finding another gig in the NFL after his recent coaching struggles.
UPDATE 2:15 P.M.
It sounds like, at least for now, Ryan is safe. But he also shouldn't get too comfortable:
Sean Payton: at this point, Rob Ryan 'absolutely' remains on Saints coaching staff. Changes in consideration but not made, he says.
— Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) November 16, 2015