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Sean Payton addresses Rob Ryan reports

NEW ORLEANS (WAFB) -

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton met with the media Monday afternoon and many of the questions asked centered around reports of Rob Ryan being fired. Here's what the coach had to say about the defensive coordinator's status with the team.

Opening statement: "We met as team and staff and had a chance to go through the tape (of yesterday’s game). The players are having a chance to go through it all now. Obviously, it was a disappointing loss and we played some games this year that were close and hard fought. This one was not one and there weren’t a lot of things at all that you come away from the film, there were a few efforts individually, but it was hard to get excited about watching it. There will be a series of treatment schedules for some of the injured players. I think we are gradually going to be getting healthy here and as coaches will spend time here on what we are doing, looking at corrections and things that we can do to help our team moving forward. Any questions? And I’ll say this,  I’ve just been made aware of the speculation with regards to one of our coaches. I haven’t met with Mickey Loomis or any of the coaches individually yet and Mickey and I will spend some time today and some time tomorrow and with regards to any potential change, we would let you guys…you would be the first to hear about it, but that’s not something we have even met on. So I’ll just leave it at that. Any questions."

So at this moment right now Rob Ryan is still a member of your staff?

"Absolutely, absolutely. I would always normally meet with Mickey and that would be something that would not be done without a lot of thought and we’re just talking about one coach. Any type of change like that would be something that would be done with a lot of discussion. Next question."

Are reports (on the coaching staff) like today’s a distraction for players who are wondering what is going on?

"We’ll be crystal clear here. There won’t be any grey area with our direction. We’ve always been up front with them. I have not specifically read any of them, and yet was just made aware of a few of them. It is part of the business, especially with the great (amount of) coverage that we receive now. We will be on the same page. Our guys will understand the direction we are going in. We are literally less than 24 hours after the game. Mickey (Loomis) and I will spend time visiting on our team like we always do. We have six weeks that are important and are important to this team."

Are reports (on the coaching staff) like today’s a distraction for players who are wondering what is going on?

"We’ll be crystal clear here. There won’t be any grey area with our direction. We’ve always been up front with them. I have not specifically read any of them, and yet was just made aware of a few of them. It is part of the business, especially with the great (amount of) coverage that we receive now. We will be on the same page. Our guys will understand the direction we are going in. We are literally less than 24 hours after the game. Mickey (Loomis) and I will spend time visiting on our team like we always do. We have six weeks that are important and are important to this team."

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