It didn't take long for the first mini-controversy of the Rob Ryan era to begin. On the same day the New Orleans Saints announced that the outspoken Ryan would be their new defensive coordinator, a report surfaced that Ryan's contract states that he would need special permission from the Saints vice president of communication before speaking to the media. But the Saints are denying Ryan's contract contains any such language. After a Twitter report surfaced on Saturday evening by NFL.com's senior editor Andy Fenelon that Ryan's contract wouldn't allow him to talk to the media unless it was OK'd by Greg Bensel, the Saints' vice president of communication, Bensel replied with a tweet of his own on Sunday morning denying the accuracy of Fenelon's tweet. "Report that Rob Ryan needs to get my OK before speaking to media is 100% false- he like all of our coaches, follow norm league media rules," Bensel said via Twitter.
Saints deny report that Rob Ryan needs permission to speak to the media
New Orleans Times-Picayune | Feb 10