The longest five minutes in NFL history is finally over as the New Orleans Saints have officially hired Rob Ryan as their new defensive coordinator.  Ryan stated that he would be out of work for “five minutes” when he was fired from the Dallas Cowboys and though it took a bit longer, it certainly wasn’t difficult for him to land a new spot.  Read more after the jump.

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“We have experience in preparing and playing against his defenses, and they’ve always been challenging in terms of the different looks and pressures that they feature,” Payton said in a statement. “We’ve had the chance to visit with each other and talk about our visions for our team, and I’m excited about moving forward as we prepare for the 2013 season.”

Said Ryan: “I am excited and thrilled to be joining the New Orleans Saints. I have had the opportunity to get to know Sean Payton and his staff a bit better recently, and I am excited about joining the team. I have a ton of respect for Mr. Benson, Mickey [Loomis] and the organization, and I’m ready to get to work on all facets of the game. This is a great opportunity, and we’re getting started right away.”

The Saints didn’t really have any other takers after University of Georgia assistant Todd Grantham withdrew his name.  Ryan has quite the job ahead of him especially as the Saints reel from the bounty allegations and a close eye will be kept on their defense.  His name itself however is enough to draw attention.

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