A source tells ProFootballTalk.com that Rob Ryan's deal with the Saints to become their defensive coordinator is "basically" done.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Saints plan to hire Rob Ryan as their new defensive coordinator.
NFL.com's Gil Brandt is "hearing" the Saints top defensive coordinator candidates are ex-Cowboys DC Rob Ryan and ex-Chiefs HC Romeo Crennel.
Coach Sean Payton said the Saints' search for a defensive coordinator will pick up after the Super Bowl.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune says 49ers DL coach Jim Tomsula and DBs coach Ed Donatell "could be" options for the Saints' defensive-coordinator vacancy.
SI's Peter King believes Romeo Crennel is the favorite to become the Saints' defensive coordinator.
Profootballtalk reports the Saints have "more interest" in Romeo Crennel than Eric Mangini for their defensive-coordinator vacancy.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Saints will consider adding Eric Mangini and Romeo Crennel to their 2013 defensive staff.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune mentions Winston Moss, Ken Norton Jr., and Ed Donatell as three names to watch for the Saints' defensive-coordinator vacancy.
Profootballtalk mentions Romeo Crennel and Eric Mangini as potential defensive-coordinator options for the Saints.
Saints fired defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and DBs coach Ken Flajole.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune believes the Saints will consider using more 3-4 looks on defense in 2013.
One anonymous Saints player tells the Times-Picayune that defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo should be fired.
The Saints are the first defense to give up 400 or more yards in each of their first seven games.