Saints fired DC Rob Ryan.
It was reported by FOX Sports' Alex Marvez earlier Monday that Ryan had been fired, but coach Sean Payton denied it and said he'd yet to talk to anyone in the organization. That chat must have happened this afternoon, and the team decided to pull the plug on Rex Ryan's twin brother. The Saints are dead last in yards allowed through 10 weeks. Ryan will likely get another shot elsewhere, but his coordinator days are probably over after multiple failed defenses over the years.
Saints fired DC Rob Ryan.
The only thing surprising about this move is how long it took. Coach Sean Payton and Ryan have never gotten along, and Ryan's defenses have woefully underperformed the last two seasons. New Orleans finished 31st in yards allowed last season, and they are dead last in both points allowed and yards allowed this year. The Saints are on pace to give up the most touchdown passes in NFL history. Ryan's name will likely help him land another gig, but there is enough evidence to support the claim he is simply not a very good coordinator. Defensive assistant and former Raiders coach Dennis Allen will likely take over coordinator duties. It is a change which should have happened in January.
Free agent WR Preston Parker worked out for the Saints on Monday.
Parker was released by the Giants in September. His signing would quite possibly send Brandon Coleman packing.
Ravens signed WR Joe Morgan, formerly of the Saints.
Baltimore picked Morgan over washed-up Hakeem Nicks. Morgan had been doing the roster dance in New Orleans all season, getting signed and cut three times each. He gives the Ravens another deep threat behind Chris Givens.
Saints released P Brandon Fields.
The move suggests Thomas Morstead (quad) is nearing full health. WR T.J. Graham will take Fields' place on the roster.
Saints waived K Zach Hocker.
Hocker converted just 9-of-13 field goals and missed an extra point in six games as the Saints' kicker. His fate was likely sealed with a 1-for-3 performance against the Falcons on Thursday night. New Orleans is once again in the market for a kicker.
Saints released WR Joe Morgan.
The fifth-year deep threat had been active only one time this season. Now 27, Morgan is running out of time in the league.
Saints released S Kenny Phillips.
Phillips was no longer needed with Jairus Byrd (knee) finally ready to return.
Saints released RB Tim Hightower.
Hightower was just re-signed on Monday. He evidently isn't healthy. Now 29 with a lengthy injury history, it's unclear why Hightower was a candidate for a roster spot in the first place.
Saints waived WR Seantavius Jones and FB Toben Opurum.
Jones was promoted from the practice squad for Week 1, but played zero offensive snaps. He'll likely head back to the taxi squad once he clears waivers.
Saints released WR Nick Toon with an injury settlement.
It's hard to believe the Saints couldn't find a place for Toon in their razor-thin receiver corps, but he must have been just that bad this summer. Going on 27, the 2012 fourth rounder hits the open market with a history long on injures and low on production.
Free agent Hakeem Nicks is working out for the Saints on Tuesday.
The Saints have extremely little depth at receiver after remaking their offense over the offseason, but Nicks wouldn't be much help. He looked done for the Colts in 2014, and got cut loose over the weekend by a team that had the second worst record in football last season. That being said, Nicks would certainly be in line for snaps. Beyond Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston, the Saints have no proven depth to speak of.
Saints will work out former Dolphins K Caleb Sturgis on Tuesday.
Sturgis joins Nick Novak and perhaps other at the Saints' tryout. It appears Zach Hocker's days in New Orleans are numbered.
Free agent K Nick Novak will work out for the Saints on Tuesday.
Novak, 34, was surprisingly cut by the Chargers in favor of UDFA Josh Lambo. The Saints currently have inexperienced Zach Hocker as their kicker.
Saints waived S Kenny Phillips.
The former Giants first-round pick was signed to a reserve/future deal all the way back in January, and had appeared to make the Saints' 53 as recently as Sunday morning. The Saints went waiver-wire diving, however, and Phillips was deemed expendable. Phillips turns 29 this November.
Lions signed CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste to their practice squad.
The 58th overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, Jean-Baptiste couldn't get on the field in a weak New Orleans cornerback corps and is already 25 years old. The Lions will give him a look as a press corner on the practice field.
Falcons claimed OT Bryce Harris off waivers from the Saints.
An undrafted free agent out of Fresno State in 2012, Harris started four games across three seasons with the Saints. He should be nothing more than a reserve in Atlanta.
Saints waived/released RB Edwin Baker, LB Justin Anderson, OT Nick Becton, LB Henry Coley, LB Jerry Franklin, OT Bryce Harris, OT Sean Hickey, OG Cyril Lemon, TE Chris Manhertz, RB Toben Opurum, DB Sammy Seamster and DB Pierre Warren.
The Saints were the last team to reveal their cuts, apparently believing it gave them advantage despite the fact that every team's cuts must be reported to the NFL. Whatever. The most notable names were all reported earlier Saturday.
Saints released WR Joe Morgan.
It was originally reported Morgan made the team, but the Saints changed their mind at the last minute. The Times-Picayune's Kat Terrell reported he could be brought back in a couple days.
Saints waived CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste.
The No. 58 overall pick of last year's draft, Jean-Baptiste goes down as a colossal bust. Jean-Baptiste was always expected to be a project, but was so raw as a rookie he played just eight snaps on defense. The Saints clearly didn't see the development they needed this summer. We suppose Jean-Baptiste is a candidate for the practice squad, but pulling the 53-man plug this early on a second rounder suggests the Saints are simply moving on.