Former New Orleans Saints defensive end Akiem Hicks became one of the latest in a series of players that have publicly backed Rob Ryan over the last few months. Ryan was fired from his position as Saints defensive coordinator last November.

Ryan made some of his first extensive public comments to the MMQB last week, claiming that he was not allowed to run his own defense and the Saints were running a version of Seattle's defense instead.

Hicks, who was traded to the Patriots last season and signed with the Bears in free agency was asked about the comments by Chicago reporters.

"I didn't see the interview, but I do know this: I'll forever and always have a lot of love for Rob Ryan, just because there's nobody that's going to shoot you straighter," Hicks told the Bears media. "He's going to tell you how it is. He's going to tell you how he feels, and you're always going to understand his perspective on things. And I feel like that was taken away from him...