NFL.com's Gil Brandt is "hearing" the Saints top defensive coordinator candidates are ex-Cowboys DC Rob Ryan and ex-Chiefs HC Romeo Crennel.
This is the first official link of Ryan to the Saints. Crennel has been associated with the opening ever since Steve Spagnuolo was fired two weeks ago. Coach Sean Payton is dead-set on switching to the 3-4, and although these two may not have led dominant recent defenses, they're well-known and are veterans of the 3-4 scheme. The Saints are expected to heat up the hiring process this week.