Rob Ryan wants to restore the family name

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Twin brothers Rob and Rex Ryan are coaching together this season for the first time since they were on their father Buddy’s staff in 1995. They’re hoping to restore some luster to the Ryan name.

As the architect of the 1985 Bears, Buddy is one of the best defensive coordinators in NFL history, although he didn’t have great results as a head coach. Rex and Rob were both well-regarded defensive minds earlier in their career, but their defenses have struggled recently. Rob thinks this could be the year they restore the Ryan name to glory.

“Obviously, our family name is huge,” Rob told the Buffalo News. “You see those Top 10 things (on NFL Network) and Ryans are always a top-10 family . . . those Mannings are hard to beat out of the No. 1 spot. I think they might be there a while.

“Look, in coaching, everybody takes their lumps. I mean that is just the way it is. We want to get everything back. Do we want to win our sixth Super Bowl? Absolutely, and that is what we are going to fight to do every day.

“But, hey, a few years ago everybody was dumping on the Phillipses. I mean, shoot, I replaced Wade in Dallas. I mean he was out of work and then got back in, in Denver. He is an excellent football coach and he is a prideful man. He had an excellent coaching family — his father [former Oilers and Saints coach Bum Phillips], his son [Washington tight ends coach Wes Phillips]. So, of course, there is a lot of pride in that. And we are Ryans and we believe in what our name is and what we are all about.”

Maybe the Bills’ defense will turn things around this season and restore the Ryan family name. Or maybe the Bills will miss the playoffs again, and both Ryans will be looking for work.

52 responses to “Rob Ryan wants to restore the family name

  1. Buddy was fortunate enough to be a coach on a team that was filled with HOF’rs. He had nothing to do with their success. Buddy was, like his two sons are now, nothing more than buffoons and this will be the last year we will ever have to hear about them

  2. “Obviously, our family name is huge,”

    Yeah, so is his gut and his ego. To quote RunDmc: “You talk too much, you don’t ever shut up”

  3. I remember when their father Buddy threw a punch at the offensive coordinator on the same team as him,on national television. You plant potatoes, you get potatoes.

  4. Umm, I thought their name meant decent defenses,bad head coaches, arrogant and over-estimative of their own capabilities. Oh yeah, loud-mouthed jerks.

    I would say they are living up to the family name OK.

    And, Rob, the reason the Ryans are in the Top Ten NFL families is because there are only about 8 NFL families.

  5. Rex is a decent DC, I understand how he keeps finding jobs though I don’t necessarily agree with him being HC material. Rob, on the other hand, is awful. Look at the stats of his defenses, they’re largely abysmal with 1-2 decent seasons mixed in. For the life of me I can’t see how he still keeps getting gigs other than the name.

  6. After the Summer of George it’s the Summer of Ryans.
    Enjoy it, because in September reality will brutally kick in, as usual.

  7. 2016StockMarketCrash says:
    Jun 18, 2016 7:03 AM

    Without their dad these 2 sons would be driving tractor trailers for a living.

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    And all the while telling anyone who isn’t deaf how great they are at driving those tractor trailers

  8. dansardo says:
    Jun 18, 2016 6:46 AM

    Buddy was fortunate enough to be a coach on a team that was filled with HOF’rs. He had nothing to do with their success. Buddy was, like his two sons are now, nothing more than buffoons and this will be the last year we will ever have to hear about them
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    Ya, Buddy Ryan’s 46 Defense had nothing to do with the 85′ Bears winning the Super Bowl.

    My God man. SMH.

  9. All he has to do is punch another coach. Heck, Tom Cable has more Ryan in him than Rex and Rob put together.

  10. Then punch out another coach in the middle of a game like the old man and get fired again. …..that’s keeping up with the family name…#talktomuch

  11. 2016StockMarketCrash says:
    Jun 18, 2016 7:03 AM
    Without their dad these 2 sons would be driving tractor trailers for a living.

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    Rob yes………Rex would be selling used cars at a 25% interest rate for the credit challenged consumer. He would however star in all of his own commercials.

  12. Has to be restored because you two are clowns. Look at Robs haircut. You’re a professional, look like it. Just shows he’s still a clown. And his brother, wow. Lapband surgery with training facilities like that. That’s the only guarantee that’s worked out for him…….. Pops is mad right now.

  13. Anybody who thinks their family name is relevant to anything other than a signature is dumber than a box of rocks and not worth knowing. “Restore the family name” is a sentiment for people who have one foot trapped in the past.

  14. Rex and Rob always say things to stir up the media. It motivates them. When I look at where the Bills’ defense was last year, they needed Rob. I have no doubt they will be better, but I am still not sure they have the players they need to be dominant.

  15. Their father was a belligerent, bellicose, loser of a man. So, I’d say he’s right on track.

  16. As unaccomplished and embarrassing as any “family” in league history.

    Buddy Ryan is a despicable human being, and the apple didn’t fall far from the tree with dumb and dumber.

  17. Buddy Ryan needs to be remembered for creating a toxic atmosphere with the 1993 Houston Oilers that probably cost Houston their football team and the team a deep playoff run. A Football Life covers it well. Even in practice the defense was trying to destroy the offense. It make it difficult for the offense to accomplish its goals during practice.

    Sure he’s remembered for the 1985 Bears but that was only part of his career. Plus almost any decent defensive coordinator would have won a Super Bowl coaching the 1985 Bears. He was also a head coach with the Arizona Cardinals and they weren’t very good either.

    In a lot of ways Buddy Ryan was an overrated jerk.

  18. “Maybe the Bills’ defense will turn things around this season and restore the Ryan family name. Or maybe the Bills will miss the playoffs again, and both Ryans will be looking for work.”

    I think the latter is the most likely.

  19. This man was personally responsible for three local buffets to declare bankruptcy in New Orleans.

  20. dansardo says:
    Jun 18, 2016 6:46 AM
    Buddy was fortunate enough to be a coach on a team that was filled with HOF’rs. He had nothing to do with their success. Buddy was, like his two sons are now, nothing more than buffoons and this will be the last year we will ever have to hear about them

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    By your logic Belicheat would be a buffoon without Brady then….only a Pat’s buffoon would say that. Smh

  21. Rob that is doable just take rex and yourself out of the gene pool… The NFL and the world will be a better place. It’s the right thing to do…

  22. TB12RALLYCRY says:
    Jun 18, 2016 8:28 AM

    Then punch out another coach in the middle of a game like the old man and get fired again. …..that’s keeping up with the family name…#talktomuch

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    Buddy didn’t punch out anyone. He threw a punch and is lucky Kevin Gilbride didn’t feel like beating up an old man.

  23. You won the off-season! There, family name has been restored! Find consolation in that, don’t worry about the 8-8 record at the end of December.

  24. I have to agree that if you take away Buddy’s 1985 Bears he was average. Take away Rex’s 2000 Ravens and he was below that. Take away Rob’s 2015 Saints and he still weighs 450 pounds.

    If Rex was so good, why did it take him 8 years to land a HC job after the Ravens won the SB. Seems to me that a team in need would have killed to sign a young and upcoming coach like that. Must have been a reason!!

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