Anyone that has watched the Saints defense over the last year and half knows it's failures weren't completely predicated upon poor coaching. After all, Rob Ryan, the guy that just got axed for leading quite possibly the worst defense in NFL history, is the same guy that coached the same team's top 5 defense no more than two years. Coaching is a funny profession. It's a profession in which the employee is judged on the work of others. That's not to say that there is no difference between good defensive coordinators and bad defensive coordinators. There absolutely is. However, it's not a coincidence that the "good" ones always have players that are reliable, and the "bad" ones have players that are typically capricious.
Was Rob Ryan's scheme too complicated? Probably. Did he put players in the best possible position to succeed? Probably not. Still, despite all the questionable coverages and ill timed blitzes, this defense failed because it's players failed too. Rob Ryan wasn't the one handing the opposition five first downs by penalty per game (HI BROWNER). Rob Ryan wasn't the one failing to get to the quarterback. He wasn't the one misdiagnosing plays or missing tackles. Unfortunately, that's just an occupational hazard in his line of work. A coach is only as good as the players he counts on. There is no doubt that Rob Ryan needed to lose his job, and his track record shows that maybe he's just not that good at it. Be that as it may, it's still nice to see a player stand up (or the online version of standing up) and take responsibility for the role that he and his teammates had in that firing. This defense stinks to the highest of heavens, and it's not solely the fault of the man that designated to clean the shit up.