When it comes to Rex Ryan, Blank could be a hard sell

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It makes plenty of sense for the Falcons to hire Rex Ryan to be the team’s next coach.  To get the job, however, Rex may need to suppress some of the qualities that ultimately make him the right choice for the job.

Per a league source, a perception exists that Rex has been politicking too aggressively for the gig.  A December 6 article from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News lobbying for Ryan to be the next coach of the Falcons (complete with Photoshopped image of Rex in Falcons gear) was received in Flowery Branch as a deliberate effort by Rex to position himself for a job that was not yet vacant.

To win over owner Arthur Blank, Ryan will need to be a lot more subtle.  While some may think it’s impossible for Rex not to be Rex, Ryan was able once John Idzik became Ryan’s boss to become a bit less bombastic.

That said, many owners have a habit of looking for new coaches who are the exact opposite of their most recent coaches.  But the things that make Ryan the exact opposite of Mike Smith also make him potentially unattractive to Blank, who passed on Ryan in 2008.

Still, Blank’s desire to win a Super Bowl could get him to take a chance on Ryan, who never had a quarterback of Matt Ryan’s caliber and who can give the defense the kind of kick in the butt it so desperately needs.  To enhance his chances of getting the job, Rex Ryan needs to be, in some ways, the exact opposite of the guy he usually is.

39 responses to “When it comes to Rex Ryan, Blank could be a hard sell

  1. Saying Ryan isn’t the right fit for the Falcons is an understatement.

    He’s perfect for the Raiders though.

  2. He’s simply not HC material. Poor game management, poor clock management, disinterested in the offensive side of the game, unable to develop QBs, unprofessional demeanour, more into being a chum to players than being a disciplinarian, etc etc ad nauseum…

  3. If Blank wants a coach who will guarantee a Super Bowl victory next season then Wrecks Ryan is his guy

    And then he’ll do it again the next season

    Mind you he won’t actually win it or even get there – but he’ll guarantee it, just like he guaranteed Mark Sanchez “would always be the starting QB of the Jets as long as he was head coach”, and guaranteed the Jets would be “far from an embarrassment” at the end of this season

    (I don’t think this word “guarantee” means what Wrecks thinks it means)

  4. Rex Ryan is a BAD fit for the Atlanta fanbase. I’m a transplant and knowing this southern culture, his bravado isn’t remotely familiar. I’m not saying he’s a bad coach or bad for the Falcons but comparing Rex to Mike Smith, this smells way too much like an impulsive pendulum swing to the opposite end of the spectrum. I’ve never been strongly-opinionated on Arthur Blank but with what I do gather he understands his demographics extremely well.

    Then again, Dimitroff craves the big impact acquisitions so in that light it would be par for his course.

  5. Mr. Blank is waaaaayyyyy too smart to get into a HC deal with Rex Ryan. I’m fascinated by the fact that some think Rex is HC material. His 6 years as HC produced less than a 50% win record. And the last few years were down hill full steam ahead.

  6. I have tons of respect for Ryan, but he seems like a great defensive mind – not so much of a head coach, but a D Coordinator.

  7. Ryan’s personality and bravado can only work in one place. A place that only has won with larger than life HC. Rex, have a long look at who you are and then ask yourself “Does the Black Hole complete me?” Rex should say “They had me at Just Win Baby!”

  8. Just do it already. Put a GOOD OC with him and let the OC and Ryan run the offense. Ryan has plenty enough skills to go old school and call his own game from the field and there is still the helmet communication for suggestions.

  9. He would make a good head coach for the Falcons, providing the owner stays out of the way and Dimitroff finally does his job and brings in some decent offensive and defensive lines.

  10. Rex Ryan would be a better fit as a Defensive Coach, NOT a quarterback-career killing head coach which he has proven to be —- Sanchez, Tebow, Greg McElroy, Geno Smith, Michael Vick all being victims of this over-his-head clueless coach. Ryan has talent on the defensive side, but simply does not have the people skills to lead a team. Let’s not forget that he is the very first coach in Tim Tebow’s entire football career of WINNING to not be able to figure out how to use Tim to Win.

  11. PLEASE OH PLEASE OH PLEASE GO TO Atlanta !! Hell, go to Oakland, San Francisco , the CFL, Europe ANYWHERE but head coach in Chicago . He is nothing more than Lovie Smith 2.0, except louder. Clueless about the offensive side of the ball, can’t manage a game to save his life but has a reputation. If he wants to be a DC, hey, I am ALL FOR IT. but as head coach, please Atlanta, TAKE HIM. Your team will be irrelevant .

  12. With the money they’re going to put into that organization Blank wants that guy to be the face of the franchise?

  13. Ryan has shown he is a good DC and a poor HC. What makes anyone think going somewhere else will change that? He was perfect for New York … big mouth, good copy, bombastic. But he couldn’t back it up. He went from guaranteeing a SB to saying he was better than his record. Quite a fall for a “great” HC.

  14. it’s simple, HIRE THE DAW-GONE MAN. We talking about a man who has the best defensive mindset out there. Heck, personality is just what we need! Forget all that stuff about what a coach need to be like or the fact that he’ll be a hard sell. U wanna win now? hire Rex Ryan. Defense is ranked 58th behind NFL and college teams smh lol

  15. I’m not a Jets fan so maybe I missed something. What future HOF QB did Ryan inherit, then ruin?

  16. I think Ryan would be a good fit in Atlanta, and would instantly improve that team considerably to 9-7, 10-6 or so. Whether he is the best choice long term and can lead them to championships is a different question to which I think the answer is no.

    As for his bombastic personality – he is what he is (as are all the Ryans), and that ain’t changing.

  17. The thing is; nobody outside Georgia gives two craps about the Falcons, and Rexy loves publicity and media attention. By far the best match for him in that respect now would be the Raiders, which would also be absolute comedy gold for sports blogs everywhere.

  18. More people in the media sounding stupid. Not only would Blank be a hard sell, but look at Dimitroff and Pioli being the GM and #1 lackeys in the organization. Yeah, guys from the Belichick way of doing things are going to want to work with Rex Ryan and the way he goes about things in a totally opposite way from him. More of why the media is clueless on most days though. If Rex doesn’t get the Chicago job, which I doubt too just because they’re so cheap and somewhat conservative as well, or take the Raider job, he’s not getting hired right now.

  19. volleyballnstuff says: Dec 31, 2014 9:28 AM

    Rex Ryan would be a better fit as a Defensive Coach, NOT a quarterback-career killing head coach which he has proven to be —- Sanchez, Tebow, Greg McElroy, Geno Smith, Michael Vick all being victims of this over-his-head clueless coach. Ryan has talent on the defensive side, but simply does not have the people skills to lead a team. Let’s not forget that he is the very first coach in Tim Tebow’s entire football career of WINNING to not be able to figure out how to use Tim to Win.

    ——————————————–
    That’s more like a list of ‘3 QBs with minimal QB talent and a few career backups, Alex’ on Jeopardy than names of anyone that career COULD be ruined by a head coach Tebow was a running back that threw occasionally and not very well. Sanchez was a coin toss as to what quarterback you’d get that day and Vick was never the same once he slowed down some and tried to become a pocket passer. He just didn’t have the arm and accuracy and he didn’t have the speed or power to take off with it without getting injured at least 1x a season anymore. It’s pretty much a rule of thumb these days that scrambling quarterbacks get hurt nowadays. I can’t comment on Smith or McElroy..they weren’t even around enough for me to see them since I mainly focus on the Ravens.

  20. I may be misreading him, but from the interviews I’ve seen and especially on Hard Knocks, Dimitroff seems to be a guy who is very fond of being “the man” in Atlanta. I can’t see him wanting Rex.

    Ryan has been around a long time although not as a HC that long. He may know the offensive staff and may not want to make many changes there. Then it could be win win.

  21. @fordmandalay
    that’s what I’m saying man, Rex can bring all that to the falcons. PERSONALITY, an Identity. Like the Dan Reeves or the Jim Mora era in our Franchise….Raiders got championships, they’ve already experienced coaching icons taking them to the Super Bowl in their glory days…. Raiders already seem to have a list of who they looking at anyway. And dang, you gotta get off of Georgia man lol bottomline tho? ATL gotta get into their glory days, and I believe Rex is just what the Falcons need.

  22. “It makes plenty of sense for the Falcons to hire Rex Ryan to be the team’s next coach.”

    yeah except for the fact he ran the jets into the ground, he doesnt know anything about offense or developing a QB, and his locker rooms become dysfunctional day cares. other than that…

  23. Rex Ryan can work well in Atlanta- if the Falcons hire a strong OC. I think that his personality would work well in the South. The Bubbas would love that!

    Oh, and for those who think that Atlanta doesn’t like bravado and personality, I got two words for you: Jerry Glanville.

  24. Arthur Blank is clueless as his name says ,he’s a loser. Therefore he’ll pass on Rex and keep Dimitroff who has had years to get a great pass rush but refuses. Firing smith and keeping Dimitroff is like giving a Yugo car a new paint job. It’s still a YUGO!!!

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