Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) catches a 25-yard pass over New Orleans Saints cornerback Corey White (24) as Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan watches during the second quarter Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan on Saturday said he’s tried yelling at, cursing at and even crying in front of his players this year.

But nothing’s worked — the 5-8 Saints were allowing the second-most yards per game in the NFL as of this weekend (398.7). That amount was 9.4 more yards per game than permitted by the defense Ryan had achieved his worst ranking with in his 11-year career as coordinator: the Browns’ in 2009.