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Saints Fire Three Assistants, Rob Ryan Awaits Future

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(METAIRIE, La.) -- The New Orleans Saints fired three assistant coaches on Friday and the future of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan remains to be seen.

New Orleans parted ways with tight ends coach Terry Malone, receivers coach Henry Ellard and assistant secondary coach Andre Curtis, the NFL Network reports.

"My family and I have loved making New Orleans our home for past nine years," the longtime coach Malone said in a statement Saturday. "We have always felt like part of the family with the Saints, in the community, in the schools and in our Catholic Church. Never dreamed we would have all four of our kids graduate from high school here, two LSU grads and a Super Bowl experience ... The Malones are truly blessed! Now we start our next chapter, but will always consider Nola home. God Bless."

The Saints defense finished 31st in points allowed under Ryan's watch and failed to make the playoffs.

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Cowboys' Jason Garrett Preparing For NFL Draft

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is looking to improve his offense come April’s NFL Draft.  The Cowboys will have the 18th overall pick and Garrett wants to improve his rushing attack.

"It's certainly an area where we have to get better.  Whenever you're near the bottom of the league rushing the football, you want to improve that area," Garrett said.  "It starts with the offensive line and we believe strongly that other people contribute to running the football."

Garrett will have a new defensive coordinator in Monte Kiffin this year.  The Cowboys hired the 72-year-old coordinator after the firing of Rob Ryan.  Garrett enjoyed having Ryan as a coach and believes he will do a great job with Saints head coach Sean Payton.

"Didn't suprise me one bit that he'd get a job," Garrett said.  "I think it's a great fit for Sean Payton down there in New Orleans, Rob (Ryan) will do a great job for him.  Knowing both those guys fairly well, I think the match is really a good one."

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Saints Hire Rob Ryan

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New Orleans Saints hired Rob Ryan on Saturday to be their next defensive coordinator.

After being fired by the Dallas Cowboys last month, Ryan said he'd be out of work for "five minutes," but is ready for his new journey in New Orleans.

"I am excited and thrilled to be joining the New Orleans Saints," Ryan said. "I have had the opportunity to get to know (head coach) Sean Payton and his staff a bit better recently and I am excited about joining the team."

Head coach Sean Payton, who was recently reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being suspended for his role in the Saints bounty scandal, is excited to have Ryan apart of his staff.

"Rob is enthusiastic about joining our team and getting right to work," Payton said.

The Saints were 7-9 in 2012 and failed to make the playoffs. 

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Sources: Saints To Hire Rob Ryan As DC

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  According to league sources, the New Orleans Saints plan to hire former Dallas Cowboys assistant Rob Ryan to be their new defensive coordinator.

Ryan was fired by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones last month after the team went 8-8 in 2012 and missed the playoffs.

The 50-year old Ryan is well known for saying "I'll be out of work for like five minutes," when he was fired by the Cowboys.

It has been a lot longer than five minutes, as Ryan has been out of work for almost one month.  He met with the St. Louis Rams on more than one occasion, but the team made the decision not to hire him.

Rob's brother Rex Ryan is the current head coach of the New York Jets.

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Rob Ryan Hired by St. Louis Rams

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It was more than five minutes, but Rob Ryan has found a new home in St. Louis.  The Rams have hired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, a league source told ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.

Ryan was fired as defensive coordinator by the Dallas Cowboys on Jan. 8 after the Cowboys finished 8-8 and failed to make the playoffs.

Following his firing, Ryan said, "I'll be out of work for like five minutes."

The Rams had a number of defensive coordinators fill Gregg Williams duties while he was suspended for his role in the Saints' bounty scandal.

Rams head coach Jeff Fisher played under Rob's father, Buddy during his time with Chicago and was a defensive coordinator under his watch in Philadelphia with the Eagles.

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Sources: Cowboys Name Monte Kiffin Defensive Coordinator 

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) --  The Dallas Cowboys have named Monte Kiffin their new defensive coordinator just three days after firing Rob Ryan, according to sources. 

Ryan was fired after just two seasons with the team.

The 72-year-old Kiffin was the defensive coordinator at USC, where his son Lane is the head coach.  He resigned from the position last month.

Kiffin spent 26 years as an NFL assistant coach, including 13 years as the defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  He won a Super Bowl in 2002.

He will have the task of retooling a Cowboys defense that finished 19th in the NFL, allowing a franchise-record high 5,687 yards and forcing only 16 turnovers.

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Rob Ryan Out in Dallas

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A member of the Ryan family did get fired, it just wasn't Rex.

Rex's brother Rob Ryan was relieved of his duties as the Dallas Cowboys' defensive coordinator Tuesday. 

Ryan was entering the last year of his three-year contract. This past season, Ryan led a Dallas defense that ranked 19th in passing and 22nd in rushing yards allowed.

"I inherited a team that was 31st in the league in defense and made them better," Ryan told's Tim MacMahon. "I (expletive) made them a hell of a lot better. I'll be out of work for like five minutes."

In Ryan's nine seasons as a defensive coordinator with the Raiders, Browns and Cowboys he has not been part of a team that has posted a winning record.

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