Saints notes: why fans appreciate Ryan, Saints mourn Wilson _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan enters the field in a NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013.

ORLANDO, Fla. — The reasons New Orleans Saints fans love defensive coordinator Rob Ryan are obvious. He took a Saints defense that gave up the most yards in NFL history in 2012 and coached it to a No. 4 overall ranking in 2013, a season that culminated with New Orleans’ first-ever true road playoff victory.