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Sean Payton

Saints fire defensive coordinator Ryan

Saints coach Sean Payton promised changes were coming to his sagging defense. He started by firing defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

Senior defensive assistant Dennis Allen will assume Ryan's duties.

The move, announced Monday night on Payton's weekly radio show on WWL-AM, comes a day after the Saints allowed 526 yards in a 47-14 loss to the Washington Redskins. The Saints rank last in the NFL in yards allowed per game with 424.7, yards allowed per play with 6.7 and points allowed per game with 31.5.

"I'm disappointed for Rob it didn't work out," Payton said. "He's a fantastic staff guy. He's a guy that was respected greatly, not only in the locker room...