Rob Ryan got at least one assist from Rex

METAIRIE, La. – With the New Orleans Saints about to face the New England Patriots on Sunday, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was asked if he's gotten any advice from his brother Rex -- head coach of the Patriots’ division-rival New York Jets.

“I talked to him and told him how much we were proud of him for winning that game against Atlanta,” Rob said, referring to the Jets’ Monday night victory against the Saints’ division-rival Atlanta Falcons.

But he said that’s about as far as the help went this week.

“You know, the thing is with us, we’re close as we can be … but I don’t think either one of us listens to the other very much,” said Rob, who said the Saints believe in their own approach, which includes ideas that bounce around between several coaches inside the building. “We just try to do better than he does.”