It was back in 2009 while Rob Ryan was in Cleveland as Eric Mangini's defensive coordinator. With the Browns starting a second losing streak that season, Ryan brashly proclaimed he wouldn't leave the office at night until the Browns won. They promptly went on a seven-game losing streak.
As Ryan recalled in a story in the Cleveland Plain Dealer Sunday, "I won't make that mistake again."
So don't expect the "round one" to be lugging his toothbrush and jammies into Saints camp any time soon. But until his defense starts playing better and the Saints start winning, they'll be keeping his seat warm at Ms. Mae's waiting for him while his seat gets hotter on Airline Drive.
They still love him in Cleveland and it'll take more than this two-game slide for the Who Dats' ardor to chill, as well. But this is not at all what everyone envisioned in the idyllic environs of the Greenbriar this summer. The spigot of sacks has opened but a trickle. The torrent of turnovers consists of one. Interceptions? Nada. Not even close.
The weekly game of hide-and-seek becomes more obvious. Ryan has to try to hide Patrick Robinson from the quarterbacks who seek him more aggressively with every completion, every penalty.
Rob Ryan is a player's coach - a fan's coach. Though judging by his sideline tete-a-tete with a frustrated Sean Payton on Sunday, he's sometimes not a coach's coach.
Remember his dad, Buddy, as the defensive coordinator of the Oilers, once punched Oilers' offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride on the sidelines during a game - a game the Oilers were winning and would win by a shutout.
No one wants to see Payton and Ryan similarly embroiled on the Saints sideline. Cross Fit versus loose fit. But then again, no one wants to see Matt Cassel next week look like Brian Hoyer this week, who just beat the Saints with the most non-descript collection of offensive skill players east of Oakland.
There's plenty of time and plenty of room for improvement, but it better start now.
The Saints are 0 and 2. Carolina is 2 and 0. Last year the Saints were 2 and 0 after two weeks. Carolina was 0 and 2 and the Panthers went on to win the division.
Two games does not a season make. The Saints are just a furlong into the race. But as Rob's dad, Buddy, would acknowledge at his Kentucky horse farm, you certainly make it hard on yourself at the finish line when you stumble so badly out of the gate.