Earlier this week, we pointed out the curious failure of teams who are lining up a broad array of head-coaching candidates to give even a sniff to the man who has turned around a historically bad defense in New Orleans, despite changing from a 4-3 to a 3-4 and losing multiple players this year due to injury.

So we asked Saints coach Sean Payton whether he’s surprised defensive coordinator Rob Ryan hasn’t drawn any interest. Here’s what he said, in an interview that was partially televised last night on NBCSN and that will be played in its entirety during Wednesday’s PFT Live.

“I think he’s going to be a head coach,” Payton said of Ryan. “I think he’s got a personality that starts with being passionate about the game. He’s also exceptional within the framework of the staff and I think as owners and General Managers look closely at candidates, there’s a handful of things that would be important and compatibility ranks right there at the top.