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NFL coach target of robbery attempt by local thugs.

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Rob Ryan was the focus of a failed robbery attempt while serving as the defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints last fall, according to records obtained by Ramon Antonio Vargas of The New Orleans Advocate.

Ryan, now working as the Buffalo Bills' defensive coordinator, was viewed as an easy target by the two alleged attackers due to the lack of security around him.

The plan was foiled when an incriminating phone call was delivered to a federal worker by mistake, who turned the tape over to police.

"He ain't like Lil Wayne," the unnamed voice said on the phone call via Vargas. "He just a ... football coach. ... Defensive coordinator of the Saints. He don't have no bodyguards ... in front his house."

Jockquaren "Jock" Van Norman and Larry "Alz" Quinn were linked with the number that left the phone message. Records show that police jailed Van Norman on Nov. 13, three days before Ryan was fired by the Saints following a 33-point loss in Washington. Van Norman was booked on a variety of counts, including armed robbery, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, conspiracy to commit murder and serving as an accessory to murder.

Meanwhile, records show Quinn was jailed Aug. 23 on a variety of counts as well, including armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and attempted murder.

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