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Rob Ryan won’t be Rams defensive coordinator


Rob Ryan said it would take five minutes for him to land a new job after being fired as the Cowboys defensive coordinator, but the clock’s still ticking and Ryan still doesn’t have a job.

The Rams announced on Twitter Tuesday that Ryan would not be the team’s defensive coordinator in 2013. Ryan was reported to be their choice in early January, something both sides denied, and again last week in a choice that seemed to have more reality behind it. According to the Rams, though, continued discussions with Ryan revealed differences that couldn’t be bridged.

“After extensive conversations regarding defensive philosophy, the Rams and Rob Ryan agreed he was not the right fit for the DC position. The Rams will conitnue the interview process with the club’s other candidates for the defensive coordinator position.”

Ryan ran 3-4 schemes in Dallas and Cleveland while the Rams ran a 4-3 front last season. Whether or not that was the sticking point that made it impossible for the team to move forward with the hire is unclear, but it seems like the likeliest point of conflict. All the focus of their search has focused on Ryan, so we’ll have to see where the Rams go from here.

The Rams did confirm the hiring of one defensive coach. Former Texans defensive coordinator Frank Bush, who was let go by the Titans after the regular season, will be the team’s new linebackers coach.

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48 Responses to “Rob Ryan won’t be Rams defensive coordinator”
  1. stigman2012 says: Jan 29, 2013 11:26 AM

    Ooops…better restart that stopwatch, Rob.

  2. thashark316 says: Jan 29, 2013 11:26 AM

    I think he meant he wouldn’t keep a job for 5 minutes.

  3. slvrspec says: Jan 29, 2013 11:27 AM

    It’ll be another five minutes till he finds a job

  4. mrgroovesd says: Jan 29, 2013 11:28 AM

    Can you say “Rob Ryan the new DC of New Orleans”? It’s probably going to happen since Payton said they’re going to a 3-4 front.

  5. tincansailor981 says: Jan 29, 2013 11:32 AM

    Rob Ryan, 3-4 front and New Orleans food. Sounds like a match made in heaven.

  6. ketelwon says: Jan 29, 2013 11:33 AM

    I hope that new Sam Bradford bikini tat isn’t permanent.

    Those Ryan brothers need to join Pops on the horse ranch.

  7. hoops737 says: Jan 29, 2013 11:33 AM

    Please stay away from the Saints! Nothing good comes from a Ryan. Nothing

  8. eatitfanboy says: Jan 29, 2013 11:35 AM

    I have no idea whether the Saints are interested in him, but I could certainly see Ryan’s demands on the Rams getting much more complicated and expensive once HE realized the Saints job was open and they were switching to a 3-4.

  9. rpiotr01 says: Jan 29, 2013 11:37 AM

    Great opportunity for New Orleans to replace one blowhard, a-hole DC with another.

  10. thejuddstir says: Jan 29, 2013 11:37 AM

    Robbie and Rexy are twins in more ways than one, neither can adapt as a coach. If Robbie is as good as he would have us believe (“I’ll have a job in 5 minutes”), you would think he was schooled in all aspects of defensive, not just a 3-4. He also told us last year that the dallas defense was the best he has ever coached and we all seen how good he did with that. Once a blow-hard, always a blow-hard but sooner or later people figure you out Robbie…… if that Woody dude in N.Y. could just figure out Rexy.

  11. dkrauss93 says: Jan 29, 2013 11:37 AM

    5 min? Try 5 months or Years lol. I honestly think he’s not that bad but he’s got a big mouth like Rex. Join the Jets as one of the assistant coaches. Media day with Rex and rob Ryan

  12. blackandbluedivision says: Jan 29, 2013 11:39 AM

    Oh, that looks promising for a future employer. You’re arguing with the boss after the first few days on the job. Yea, people are going to love him.

  13. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 29, 2013 11:40 AM

    Rob Ryan knows the 4-3. He ran it with us and had the #5 ranked defense.

    Sure there were deeper issues than the alignment of the front.

  14. firstand4ever says: Jan 29, 2013 11:40 AM

    Not a lot of options left for Rob Ryan. If the Saints hire Romeo,Mangini or someone off of the staff of the two superbowl teams both 3-4 defenses. Then the media is going to root for Rob Ryan to join his twin brother.

    The Jets have an opening at linebackers coach and assistant head coach since Bob Sutton was promoted to DC at KC.

  15. buccaneer4ever says: Jan 29, 2013 11:40 AM

    Maybe he meant 5 months?

  16. randyschwimmer7 says: Jan 29, 2013 11:42 AM

    I have never in my life seen more coverage of a mediocre defensive coordinator. Why does it matter if he gets a job or not? It’s like the cameras and media thrive to show news about the sloppy looking unemployed coordinator.

  17. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 29, 2013 11:50 AM

    They couldn’t iron out their philosophical differences. Rob kept arguing Kierkegaard, while the team wanted to proceed by the doctrines of Thoreau.

  18. suite34 says: Jan 29, 2013 11:51 AM

    Rob Ryan’s definition of five minutes is the same as my wife’s while getting ready to go out to dinner.

  19. novanation33 says: Jan 29, 2013 11:52 AM

    Rob should let us know when the 5 minutes starts

  20. h1ndrix says: Jan 29, 2013 11:55 AM

    Can you say “Rob Ryan the new DC of New Orleans”? It’s probably going to happen since Payton said they’re going to a 3-4 front.

    I personally can’t stand the guy and think he is overrated but that’s the one job I could see him being a good fit for. The Saints D is a defeated bunch lacking in both talent and attitude. Maybe Ryan’s blustery persona could give them some fire. It would probably be temporary but it couldn’t hurt.

  21. japmen says: Jan 29, 2013 11:55 AM

    Wow, his minutes sure last a long time. I bet in his world, he is only 2 years old.

  22. illiniftw says: Jan 29, 2013 11:57 AM

    It probably would have helped him to be DC for Rams and learn Fisher’s version of the 4-3. If more coordinators weren’t so set on proving that their scheme is best they would learn a lot more and could make their own schemes more complex and innovative.

  23. chattanola says: Jan 29, 2013 11:58 AM

    Rob Ryan in New Orleans is a compelling idea–the food, the drink LOL.

    But given Payton’s recent experience with a bombastic sub-coach (G Wms), I doubt that he would take a chance with another overbearing personality like Ryan.

  24. r8rsfan says: Jan 29, 2013 11:58 AM

    Rob Ryan’s legacy in Oaktown is the inability to hold onto a lead and finish games. The 4th quarter collapse was predictable and he never improved. Now that Al Davis the sequel (Jerrah) has given up on him, only Woody Johnson remains as owners who are impressed with his last name.

  25. BigRedRulesDaRoost says: Jan 29, 2013 12:00 PM

    Ray Horton knows how long 5 minutes is!

  26. jwcarlson says: Jan 29, 2013 12:00 PM

    The differences? Rob Ryan wouldn’t shut his fat face for thirty seconds so the Rams could tell him he was hired.

  27. schmitty2 says: Jan 29, 2013 12:01 PM

    Maybe the Rams can look at Dick Jauron?

  28. countduku says: Jan 29, 2013 12:01 PM

    He meant to say he’ll only go hungry for 5 minutes.

  29. jetnotjets says: Jan 29, 2013 12:06 PM

    “Just five more minutes…”

    “Just five more minutes…”

    “Just five more minutes…”

    He’s got his career on snooze alarm.

  30. tbtrojan says: Jan 29, 2013 12:07 PM

    “According to the Rams, though, continued discussions with Ryan revealed differences that couldn’t be bridged.”

    The main difference being that they were interviewing him for a job he’d far more suited to, LBer coach, while he kept acting like he was in line for a job he’s proven he sucks at, DC.
    How many years does the guy have to fail and have excuses at DC before he gets knocked back a more suitable role on the coaching totem pole?
    The single “good year” he had was when the Raiders officially ranked 3rd in the league yet they allowed the 18th most points, all that tells me is the D wasn’t very good and they were simply defending short fields thanks to the team having a amazingly bad -23 tunrover ratio.

  31. allen227 says: Jan 29, 2013 12:08 PM

    5 minutes sure are a long time.

  32. undraftedstar says: Jan 29, 2013 12:15 PM

    SMH..First he was hired, then they didn’t hire him, last week they hired him, now he’s not hired. Where are these sources coming from?

  33. 16x8equal49ers says: Jan 29, 2013 12:18 PM

    Rams are mucking things up. Why would you hire someone whos not experienced in the qaulities you are requiring for the opening? 4-3, 3-4? smh on this one.

  34. heyguru1969 says: Jan 29, 2013 12:37 PM

    In fairness, he DID find a job within 5 minutes, but the headset pinches his ear a bit, and he was having difficulty distinguishing between “order of fries” and “onion rings” over the drive-thru speaker.

  35. noring4youstill says: Jan 29, 2013 12:49 PM

    That’s cause he is coming to New Orleans.

  36. beavertonsteve says: Jan 29, 2013 1:13 PM

    There’s a good chance they just choose someone that’s already with the team. At one point it looked like Fisher was trying to build a staff composed entirely of former defensive coordinators.

  37. rajbais says: Jan 29, 2013 1:27 PM

    Good because you cannot win with this guy. He has been in a drought for the playoffs for his entire career as a defensive coordinator.

  38. surfinbird1 says: Jan 29, 2013 1:33 PM

    Back to the Patriots. Linebacker coach.

  39. oldbyrd says: Jan 29, 2013 1:34 PM

    You all seem to forget that he was voted big mouth def. coord of the year……Doesn’t that count for something? I just hope he doesn’t wind up in Phila.

  40. 12strikes says: Jan 29, 2013 1:44 PM

    Any Ryan would be welcomed in Philly.
    Love to see him come to the Eagles.

  41. wjmoffatt says: Jan 29, 2013 1:53 PM

    Please stay out of New Orleans and the NFC South! Way to good of a coach for my Bucs to have to face twice a year.

  42. EJ says: Jan 29, 2013 2:14 PM

    If more of these Coordinators would learn all sides and all forms of Defense, then maybe they would keep their job with the same team longer than 2-3 season stints. Every football fanatic knows that its not the type of Defense you run that makes you good, It’s the Defense you match up to your personnel. You can’t run the 3-4 with players suited to playing the 4-3. The same thing goes for the other way around, you can’t have huge and slower players trying to run the 4-3 or the 3-3-5.

  43. reasonableeaglefan says: Jan 29, 2013 2:30 PM

    Was Spags so bad in New Orleans that the hate spills into this article? He was pretty positively received as a position coach in Philly. Maybe the taste of Authority in ST Louis brought his true colors out??

  44. houstontexans99 says: Jan 29, 2013 2:34 PM

    I never understood how this was even a possibility. Robert Quinn & Chris Long should not be wasted dropping back in coverage as OLB. They’re a solid DT away from being a pretty scary defense

  45. ramfanvargas says: Jan 29, 2013 2:43 PM

    Any chance of getting Lovie Smith to come back as DC take a break from head coaching for a while?

  46. ramfanvargas says: Jan 29, 2013 2:46 PM

    Has anybody heard any updates on the rumor mill regarding Kurt Warner returning as quarterback coach for Bradford

  47. tbtrojan says: Jan 29, 2013 5:22 PM

    I pray to god that the Saints hire him to put in the 3-4, then again even a below average (at best) DC like him has managed to confuse Freeman so it might not help the Bucs at all until #5 is replaced or gets a brain transplant.

  48. cowboycjn says: Jan 29, 2013 11:13 PM

    All tghis speculation by so many saying he is a perfct fit for N.O. HELL NO! If he wasn’t worth his salt in Dallas (They canned him) why on earth would the Saints want him?? We want to build the Saints defense not drive it further into weakness. This dude is useless to the Saints, I don’t care what you others think – we don’t want him.

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