Why Ryan makes no sense.

Could the inclusion of Ryan be one more dig at Gregg Williams and less about an actual replacement?

Ryan obviously comes from the 46 Buddy Ryan tree, the same tree as Williams. He also possesses some of those same traits that we have learned rubbed Payton the wrong way, an inevitably got us into hot water. Why would the Saints consider bringing in the 34 version of Gregg Williams?

It seems to me that mentioning him as a candidate creates a decent subterfuge and detracts attention from some of the candidates we are really interested in. Besides, you know it had to get under Williams' craw seeing his buddy mentioned as a possible DC for the Saints.