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.