Statistically Speaking: Comparing the Saints’ defensive numbers with Rob Ryan and Dennis Allen at coordinator

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By virtue of the eye test, Sean Payton‘s decision to take the defense away from Rob Ryan and hand it over to Dennis Allen with six weeks left in the season paid dividends.

New Orleans held both Tampa Bay and Atlanta to less than 20 points in the final six games, shut down Jacksonville for a half and started fast against Carolina before losing Delvin Breaux to a hamstring injury, an injury that hurt the Saints’ game plan severely.

The division games seemed to signal the most, since both coordinators got a shot at each team. Playing those three teams again, the Saints improved against Tampa Bay, shut down the Falcons’ running game better than they had in the first meeting and started strong against Carolina even if the finish wasn’t what the Saints wanted.

“I thought that (Allen)¬†was real good coming in to a tough position,” Payton said at the end of the year. “I thought that he was organized and detailed. I think there are a few pieces that we have to help him with that can help our team. I think being in charge of it (the defense) for the whole course of the offseason (will help). There are a lot of good things that he did.”

With the switch in mind, The Advocate broke down the statistical splits for each coordinator in 17 statistical categories, and here’s a look at the evidence.

SCORING

Ryan: 31.5 ppg

Allen: 26.8 ppg

TOTAL YARDS

Ryan: 424.3 ypg

Allen: 395.3 ypg

YARDS PER PLAY

Ryan: 6.7

Allen: 6.6

RUSHING YARDS

Ryan: 131.2 ypg

Allen: 126.5 ypg

YARDS PER CARRY

Ryan: 4.9 ypc

Allen: 4.9 ypc

RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS

Ryan: 7, 0.7 per game

Allen: 5, 0.83 per game

PASSING YARDS

Ryan: 293.1 ypg

Allen: 268.8 ypg

COMPLETION PERCENTAGE

Ryan: 66.7 percent

Allen: 71.4 percent

YARDS PER ATTEMPT

Ryan: 8.4

Allen: 8.2

TOUCHDOWN PASSES

Ryan: 28, 2.8 per game

Allen: 17, 2.8 per game

INTERCEPTIONS

Ryan: 4, 1.1 percent of attempts

Allen: 5, 2.6 percent of attempts

SACKS

Ryan: 22, 6.3 percent of attempts

Allen: 9, 4.6 percent of attempts

FIRST DOWNS

Ryan: 23.6 per game

Allen: 24 per game

THIRD-DOWN CONVERSIONS

Ryan: 34.8 percent

Allen: 50.8 percent

RED-ZONE PERCENTAGE

Ryan: 60.5 percent

Allen: 81.8 percent

TURNOVERS FORCED

Ryan: 13, 1.3 per game

Allen: 9, 1.5 per game

FIRST DOWNS BY PENALTY

Ryan: 37, 3.7 per game

Allen: 17, 2.8 per game