Former defensive coordinator Rob Ryan blamed the Saints’ decision to shift away from his scheme for many of the team’s defensive problems the past two seasons in an interview with The MMQB last week.
Ryan, who was fired after 10 games last season, said New Orleans tried to copy Seattle’s defense and took away his imprint, an idea Sean Payton resisted last week.
Payton decided not to elaborate further after the Saints’ OTA on Thursday, saying he would rather not spend too much time focusing on the past.
“Listen, I said this and I’ll say it again, he’s a good football coach, good staff guy,” Payton said. “The focus for us is going forward.”
Payton has accepted some of the blame for the Saints’ defensive finishes at the bottom of the standings the past two seasons.
Now, he and Dennis Allen are focused on fixing the defense moving forward.
“When you don’t have success, starting with me, everyone’s got mud on their hands,” Payton said. “You want to get on to the next season and not find ourselves in the same position again. That’s where our focus is. I haven’t really paid much attention to what they’re doing in Buffalo.”