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    Rob Ryan has now gone 44,640 minutes without landing an NFL job. That's after he said he'd be out of work for "like five minutes" after being dismissed, fairly or unfairly, as the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator back on Jan. 8.

    The boisterous defensive coordinator had a flirtation with the St. Louis Rams within the past couple of weeks and was reported by some to have the job locked up, but was eventually deemed to be a bad fit scheme-wise by Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, who was looking to replace the suspended Gregg Williams.

    Now, it appears Ryan is back to work once again, and in Williams' old stomping grounds, as ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that his sources are saying Ryan will be hired by the New Orleans Saints as their defensive coordinator.

    The Cowboys, of course, finished 8-8 and missed a chance to earn a postseason berth in Week 17 when they were beaten by Washington and Robert Griffin III. The Cowboys' defense finished in the middle of the pack against the run and the pass and near the bottom of the NFL in turnovers forced and sacks, which apparently were Ryan's calling cards.

    New Orleans head coach Sean Payton, newly reinstated by the NFL after the Saints' "bountygate" that forced him to miss the 2012 season told ESPN's "Mike and Mike in the Morning" that he will interview Ryan this week, but that there had been no hire made.