Saints' defensive coordinator Rob Ryan brings different challenge for Panthers
The Carolina Panthers had their way with the New Orleans Saints defense last year, posting 79 points, 993 yards of total offense and 51 first downs in their two wins. But that was before Rob Ryan took over as defensive coordinator for New Orleans. Ryan replaced Steve Spagnuolo this offseason and has taken a Saints defense that was statistically the worst in NFL history in 2012 and turned it into the eighth-best in the league this year. "There were a lot of things about last season that players, coaches want to move on from and move past," Payton said. "I credit them for anxiously getting started in the spring and offseason. I think Rob and his staff on defense have done a good job of ...