Rob Ryan put the target squarely on his back for the Saints’ 0-2 start during an appearance on WWL radio Monday night.
Though the defense played better Sunday against the Cleveland, a coverage breakdown in the fourth quarter put the Browns in range to connect on the game-winning field goal. But it wasn’t just that play that had the defensive coordinator upset.
“Every two-minute situation we’ve had this year, we’ve blown,” Ryan said. “We want to be a great defense, and great defenses always finish. And that’s something you just have to point the finger at us, and we have to get corrected.”
He continued: “These communication errors can’t keep happening. Or we’re just killing the team right now. We know we’re solely responsible for the two losses that we have. Our offense has been doing great, our special teams have been doing great.”
Given the opportunity to place the blame on injuries to players like Jairus Byrd, who missed considerable time during training camp due to a back injury, Ryan refused to make excuses.
“We’ve limited our checks, and we still busted some things,” Ryan said. “So we can’t have that. And that’s not our style of play. Right now, we need to develop our style of play and prove who we are. Right now we’re not very good.”