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Report: Rams hire Rob Ryan


It took longer than five minutes, but Rob Ryan has reportedly found a new job.

Ryan has been hired as the defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

Officially, the Rams did not have a defensive coordinator last season: Gregg Williams was hired as defensive coordinator but then banned from the NFL for his role in the Saints’ bounty program, and Rams head coach Jeff Fisher didn’t fill the coordinator position. Fisher gave many of the defensive coordinator responsibilities to Williams’ son, linebackers coach Blake Williams, but Fisher fired Williams after the season.

Now there is a defensive coordinator in Ryan, who has never worked with Fisher before but does have similar defensive philosophies: Fisher is a disciple of Rob’s father, Buddy Ryan, having played for him with the Bears and later coached under him with the Eagles. Now there’s apparently going to be a new Fisher-Ryan connection in St. Louis.

UPDATE 10:17 p.m. ET: Brian Costello of the New York Post later amended his report to say that Ryan to the Rams is not a done deal but likely will get done. Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the Rams are interested in Ryan but have not yet hired him.

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  1. bartlettruss says: Jan 11, 2013 9:31 PM

    More than five minutes, but not very long.

  2. nflovercollegefb says: Jan 11, 2013 9:31 PM

    I think this is pretty good move for both parties.

    The Rams should be in the thick of the playoff race next season.

  3. patssteelersorgiants says: Jan 11, 2013 9:32 PM

    Really was hoping he’d end up working for Rex

  4. monsterright says: Jan 11, 2013 9:37 PM

    This could be a real good fit.

  5. mazblast says: Jan 11, 2013 9:40 PM

    Well, there went most of the respect I had for Fisher. He is clearly putting “the old school tie” ahead of winning.

    We’ll see if Rob Ryan, Celebrity Coordinator (TM), lasts longer than two years this time. One thing he’ll be very disappointed to know is that he’ll be on national television far less with this franchise.

  6. ramdomhaus says: Jan 11, 2013 9:41 PM

    For the Rams D, 2013 is going to be epic, or a horrific step back.

  7. superputman says: Jan 11, 2013 9:41 PM

    Longest 5 minutes EVER!

  8. spytdi says: Jan 11, 2013 9:42 PM

    You’ll be sorry Fisher.

  9. lokm88 says: Jan 11, 2013 9:43 PM

    Blindsided. I was dreaming of having Lovie back

  10. rr2000k says: Jan 11, 2013 9:43 PM

    Good luck Rams…you’re gonna need it.

  11. louy57 says: Jan 11, 2013 9:44 PM

    Good move…like his style !!!

  12. finsphan says: Jan 11, 2013 9:45 PM

    he has a lot of young, great talent to work with. if he can’t get this defense to one of the tops in the league then he should find a new career.

  13. showtime1911 says: Jan 11, 2013 9:45 PM

    Great job fisher. the hell with these haters that have no clue. Rob can coach. Unfortunately he was made to be the scapegoat in dallas for tony romos three interception performance.

  14. mnomalley says: Jan 11, 2013 9:46 PM


  15. bobbyhoying says: Jan 11, 2013 9:47 PM

    Jeff misses Buddy so he hired his kid. I miss Buddy too Jeff. He always had great press conferences.

  16. undeadjesus says: Jan 11, 2013 9:50 PM

    Eh, don’t let the Cowboys stink on him scare you away. Didn’t he field some better than average defenses in his time with the Raiders and Browns?

    I would love to see him have success in St. Louis and make Jerruh look like a buffoon

  17. dtcline1984 says: Jan 11, 2013 9:50 PM

    I love when people scare me!!! 😉

  18. vincentbojackson says: Jan 11, 2013 9:50 PM

    Sources: He’s being paid in BBQ ribs.

  19. brownsclown says: Jan 11, 2013 9:51 PM

    GLOBAL WARMING HITS ST. LOUIS! No, that hot air is from Ryan’s bluster!

  20. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 11, 2013 9:51 PM

    The Rams defense numbers were much better than the Cowboys defense last year. SO they bring in Ryan?

    What is it about Ryan that make coaches think he will help them? Riding on his dad’s name. That’s got to be it.

  21. j972 says: Jan 11, 2013 9:55 PM

    Fisher will make him look better than he really is.

  22. dezertdweller says: Jan 11, 2013 9:56 PM


  23. kinguga says: Jan 11, 2013 9:56 PM

    Nothing wrong with Rob Ryan as a D-coordinator. Good hire by the Rams.

  24. dtcline1984 says: Jan 11, 2013 9:59 PM

    Hello Kitty…I love Rob Ryan!!!

  25. John A. says: Jan 11, 2013 9:59 PM

    This will not end well.

  26. chawk12thman says: Jan 11, 2013 9:59 PM

    NFC West is about Defense and I think this makes the Rams a good contender for the Divisional Champs as well as Wild Card Playoff spot.

    Good Hire and only wish he was sitting for a Head Coaching Position.

  27. donnymacjack says: Jan 11, 2013 10:01 PM

    Can’t wait to see the Hawks and 49ers obliterate his defense as they did with the Cowboys….

  28. jkross13 says: Jan 11, 2013 10:05 PM

    It doesnt matter who Fisher hires, he will always be a .500 coach, aka non-winning coach. Fisher has now finished with a non-winning record 12 out of 17 years. With a 8-8 record 5 times.

  29. ramitbaby says: Jan 11, 2013 10:06 PM

    Not a done deal yet but this is a Bad Hire for my Rams. In 8 years he has coordinated one Top 10 defense. The average ranking of his defenses in both scoring and overall is 21st. Rams D this year ranked higher than the Cowboys’ in both categories. Hes a buffoon like his brother and Fisher needs to rethink this one.

  30. dirtysouthironmen says: Jan 11, 2013 10:07 PM

    As a DC in the NFL he has never been with a team that had a winning record. I don’t understand the hype around this guy.

  31. jonsilver1947 says: Jan 11, 2013 10:08 PM

    superputman: you’re wrong

    Not necessarily a fan of Rob Ryan, but he was exactly right: it took the functional equivalent of 5 minutes…

  32. slaughterrt says: Jan 11, 2013 10:11 PM

    Not a Rams fan but i like this move. Hope it does not blow up in their face.

  33. someoneanswerthatphone says: Jan 11, 2013 10:12 PM

    Wonder if his assistants will follow him from Dallas.

  34. ninthwardfriend says: Jan 11, 2013 10:13 PM

    Why? Forgot his dad was some what good.

  35. pftisterrible says: Jan 11, 2013 10:14 PM

    The Rams already have a pretty good personnel on defense and a bunch of draft picks from the Redskins. This team could be great by the time they re-locate to Los Angeles.

  36. packerbackernj says: Jan 11, 2013 10:15 PM

    I liked rob when he was in cleveland and quiet. He goes to a big market, and starts running his mouth. Hopefully in St louis hell go back to being quiet.

  37. 1chilla says: Jan 11, 2013 10:15 PM

    Damn we fire rob ryan who was doing a good job and hire monte kiffin who best days have past if we could’nt get lovie smith its a lost

  38. ddogdaddy says: Jan 11, 2013 10:18 PM

    I like it.

  39. eddiegabriel2013 says: Jan 11, 2013 10:18 PM

    NFL is so often about connections..

    Jeff Fisher played for the Bears, he played for Buddy Ryan…and now he hires Rob Ryan…

    just like he hired Gregg Williams last year, theirs wives are or least were best friends…

    personally feel he is an average defensive coordinator…time will tell



  40. jazz11001 says: Jan 11, 2013 10:22 PM

    This is a great move for STL. The problem with Ryan in Dallas was and is the same problem they have had for a long time – Jerry Jones. It is impossible to coach when JJ has his poor football IQ always in your bubble. Dallas will NOT win a ring as long as Jones remains involved like that. STL will have a top 10 D next year.This guy can flat out coach and Fisher knows that. Exactly why it didn’t take long.

  41. rmal83 says: Jan 11, 2013 10:24 PM

    As a Cowboys Fan I wish him nothing but the best! Good Luck Rob…

  42. seatownballers says: Jan 11, 2013 10:25 PM

    Congrats rob.
    But the hawks gonna run all over you like we did when you ran the cowboys d

  43. gettingseattled says: Jan 11, 2013 10:28 PM

    The NFC West is quickly becoming the best division in football.

    What is yet to be seen is whether The Cardinals are interested in improving, at any level.

  44. ruthlssjag says: Jan 11, 2013 10:32 PM

    WOW this douche got fired for a reason, his defenses “eventually” get exposed. People think he’s on the same level as his brother Rex (“not” as a HC, but as a DC), & it shows when he had an excellent personnel in Big D & couldn’t utilize it. But of course, I wouldn’t expect anything else from Jeff Fisher. Lets see which side of the ball produces better results in St. Louis, the offense or the defense. Rams Nation, without an offense or defense (you’ll see), welcome to the Jags side of the wing, although we throughout all our garbage. Good luck anyways!

  45. chattanola says: Jan 11, 2013 10:33 PM

    They were already showing signs of being comers this season even without suspended (now fired) DC Greg Williams.

    With the addition of Rob Ryan, Jeff Fisher’s Rams are gonna kick NFC West butt–and beyond. Look out.

  46. deddmunnie says: Jan 11, 2013 10:34 PM

    Good for fatboy #2. If he’s lucky Fisher will wash off some of that suck and teach him how to field a competitive defense.

  47. jakpsu1 says: Jan 11, 2013 10:37 PM

    Think this is a solid hire. Jeff Fisher is a very disciplined and structured head coach and wont put up with Ryan’s off the field rants. Which is a lot more than you can say about Jason Garrett. Plus, the Rams have some very young and talented players on defense. Chris Young, Michael Brockers, Robert Quinn, James Laurinaitis, Cortland Finnegan, and Janoris Jenkins. Not to shabby.

  48. upperdecker19 says: Jan 11, 2013 10:37 PM

    5 minutes in “dog years”

  49. der6495 says: Jan 11, 2013 10:38 PM

    Great move for the Rams. Analysts want to downgrade Rob Ryan because he has only had a top-10 ranked defense one time. Well, it’s hard to rank very high when the offense is so bad (on the Raiders & Browns teams) that the defense is on the field all the time.

    He had some very good defenses in Cleveland, the offenses just couldn’t score if their lives depended on it.

  50. thetooloftools says: Jan 11, 2013 10:40 PM

    OK ROB… release the hounds… let’s see what you really have.
    Time to start pushing people around.
    Time to start having you D wear their “BIG BOY” pants.
    Step up or you suck.
    Jeff Fisher and you could make history.
    Cut your hair, shave your “man face” and go in there with a “boy looking for a fight” additude and you might get some respect.
    Go in as a Jabba The Hut” without a clue and you’ll get smoked out as a fake AGAIN.
    LEAN BOY !

  51. thesmedman says: Jan 11, 2013 10:46 PM

    From Gregg Wms to Rob Ryan. (Eyeroll)

    Ok, Jeff Fisher is a Buddy Ryan acolyte, so it fits, I suppose.

  52. howmanyringsyourteamgot says: Jan 11, 2013 10:46 PM

    Rob Ryan is the football equivalent of a lousy actor who always gets roles despite every film he’s in being a flop at the box office. The Rams had one of the more physical defenses in the league this year, why bring in a guy whose defenses never get the job done. Maybe Fisher wanted someone on staff to deal with the media in postgame press conferences following losses. Rams looked like they might be ready to contend for a wild card berth they can forget about that now.

  53. chattanola says: Jan 11, 2013 10:47 PM

    For those comparing the Cowboys’ D to the Rams’ D, fret not. Don’t forget that Jason Garret/Jerry Jones is the “HC” of Dallas and Jeff Fisher is the HC of St. Louis.

    I think Fisher’s more likely to be a dominating leader in his organization and because he has ties to Buddy R., he has a better chance of getting the best out of Rob.

  54. clevefan1 says: Jan 11, 2013 10:48 PM

    I have to admit I was excited when the Browns hired him as DC. But, it didn’t take me long to realize that he’s all talk and his defenses do not produce. Kinda like his brother with his annual super bowl predictions. I wasn’t sad when he went to the Cowboys. And, I’m sure the Cowboys won’t be missing him either. I do think the Rams might have some really good talent on D tho. So, they might actually do well and he’ll be the first one to take the credit for it if so.

  55. tacos77 says: Jan 11, 2013 11:05 PM

    The cowboys finished with the worst defensive stats in the teams history……..why hire this guy?

  56. dabearsk says: Jan 11, 2013 11:10 PM

    Interesting that Fisher picked Ryan cuz philosophically they are real different 4-3 coach in Fisher and obviously 3-4 in Ryan…

  57. slugbaitspace says: Jan 11, 2013 11:12 PM

    Rams went undefeated in the NFC West until Week 17…and even with nothing to play for, they certainly didn’t go out quietly.

    Rams are tougher and better than a lot of people give them credit for. They play 60, and they never give up.

    I believe a lot of that had to do with their defense.

    What Ryan brings to their table…I dunno. But it will probably be entertaining regardless.

  58. truecowboyfan says: Jan 11, 2013 11:16 PM

    Rob Ryan is garbage and here is why:

    1. In 9 seasons as a D-Coordinator, he has NEVER been to the playoffs.

    2. He’s never had a top 5 defense in 9 seasons and only ONE top 10 defense.

    3. His first season with the Cowboys his defense was the SOLE REASON we did not go to the playoffs. All of you media robots like to blame Romo, but he was not even close to the reason that season.

    4. Last season his defense did not stand out at all even before the injuries. Just look at the rookie Russell Wilson having 2 drives of 90 yards and 88 yards in only his second game as an example.

  59. csilojohnson says: Jan 11, 2013 11:22 PM

    Funny all the Cowboys fans trashing Ryan. He had a top 5 defense in Cleveland every year. What does that say about the Cowboys? Everybody below Jerry might as well be cardboard cutouts. Untill that changes they will continue to lose.

  60. themackstrong says: Jan 11, 2013 11:26 PM

    I believe there will be 3 NFC West in the playoffs next year. If the Rams get a legit # 1 and some more pass protection for Bradford. Don’t know if Ryan makes that defense better because they were lights out to finish the season.

  61. jt38 says: Jan 11, 2013 11:28 PM

    That was exactly 5 minutes….I timed it!

  62. digg2000 says: Jan 11, 2013 11:30 PM

    Good for us as 49er fans… the Rams will have a 20th-ish ranked defense for at least the next 2-3 years now.

  63. raideralex says: Jan 11, 2013 11:30 PM

    Rob Ryan has never,



    coached a top-12 defense.

    Barely asking to be above top half. Nope. Never.

  64. bolts0621 says: Jan 11, 2013 11:34 PM

    Rams at Cowboys next year should be most entertaining

  65. uwsptke says: Jan 11, 2013 11:44 PM

    Over 50 comments and nobody else is wondering if they are going to switch to the 3-4?

  66. wafflestomp says: Jan 11, 2013 11:52 PM

    This is great news.
    The Rams are rarely on t.v., so I won’t have to endure Ryan’s ugly mug hamming it up for the camera every chance he gets.
    Win/win for me.

  67. rajbais says: Jan 12, 2013 12:03 AM

    Bye bye playoff chances!!

    Jeff Fisher, you got rid of one nepotism case.

    Now you need another by bringing Buddy’s son???

  68. scoobaj says: Jan 12, 2013 1:21 AM

    Rob got shafted by a delusional Jerry Jones, he did a great job with that depleted roster down the stretch. And to further compound the ineptitude, Jones hires an out of touch Kiffin that won’t be able to adjust to the new NFL

  69. flipola says: Jan 12, 2013 1:26 AM

    Not that I really care, but I’m surprised he didn’t want to join Rex in the… sinking ship that is… the Je-

    Ya know, good move, Rob. The Rams are looking semi-up, and will benefit via draft picks from the Griffin deal.

  70. xtb3 says: Jan 12, 2013 1:39 AM

    Jeff Fisher played for his dad Buddy on the Super Bowl winning Bears.

  71. orivar says: Jan 12, 2013 3:03 AM

    This should be a good hire. The Cowboys Defense is what kept them in the games. Rams are tough, Fisher is tough, Rob Ryan brings toughness. His Browns D might not of been a top five (there’s only five spots, not being in the top five doesn’t mean much) but they sure were aggressive. This could end out well, we’ll see.

  72. coachbeck says: Jan 12, 2013 3:04 AM

    Good for him . Grats Rob

  73. toonsterwu says: Jan 12, 2013 3:06 AM

    I actually like Rob Ryan defenses enough. I don’t think he’s an elite DC, and I’m not sure he was as good as his brother was as a DC (but then again, his brother had better personnel in Baltimore), but I think Ryan is a solid 3-4 DC that’s aggressive.

    I like the Rams defensive personnel. Some solid interior DL guys, a couple solid edge guys, good, speedy LB’s, a couple solid CB’s. It’s a solid group of players.

    That said, I don’t like this fit. Are you going to force Long/Quinn into edge roles as a rush backers? Hard to see Ryan run a 4-3 for more than a year. I’m a big fan of Chris Long, and I think he’s your classic 4-3 end. Don’t love him as a 3-4 rush backer (although his athleticism could probably help him succeed).

    Can I see this working, if they switch to a 3-4? Yes, but this defensive setup feels tailor-made for a 4-3 DC.

  74. dodirty12 says: Jan 12, 2013 5:48 AM

    Bad Move For The Rams, This Guys Def Has Never Finished Outside The Top 15.

  75. rokeviousbarkevious says: Jan 12, 2013 6:02 AM

    seatownballers: The personnel the Rams have on defense is much better than Dallas. It’s not like Ryan will bring those corners with him who can’t/won’t tackle. Or should I remind you that the Rams went 4-1-1 in the NFC West…and never got rolled by the Hawks’ or the Niners’ offenses.

  76. bamasleeper13 says: Jan 12, 2013 9:08 AM

    If Ryan is there he will have some talent to work with. I would love for their D to really be great and once again show “Jerrah” why he needs to just sit in his pretty owners box. I know the Ryan’s talk a lot but I really think he can coach.

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