Rob Ryan “excited” to be joining Jay Gruden, Greg Manusky with Washington

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After two years out of the NFL, Rob Ryan is thrilled to be back coaching as part of Jay Gruden’s staff with the Washington Redskins.

In an interview with NBC Sports Washington, Ryan said he had twice interviewed for jobs with Washington and is extremely glad he can join Gruden and defensive coordinator Greg Manusky in D.C.

Oh man, I’m excited,” Ryan said. “This is going to be so much fun. So much respect for Jay Gruden for years and to actually now… I’ve interviewed twice I wanted to be there so bad. The first time didn’t work out but this time I’m so happy to be joining him. Him and Greg (Manusky), these guys they make you feel like you just want to go in there and do something and be a little part of their success.

“There’s so much enthusiasm in that building. Man, you can feel it and it’s just going to be special.”

Ryan last coached with the Buffalo Bills in 2016 as the assistant head coach/defense under brother Rex Ryan. He said he reached out to the team when he heard that previous inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti would not be back.

“I’ve just been a long admirer of them and I kept my eye on them and when I knew Olivadotti was leaving, then I jumped in and said ‘hey, come on man, give me a chance here. I’d love to interview for it.’ And I did that and it went well and man, I could feel it then,” Ryan said.

“This is going to be fun. This is going to be an exciting team. This is going to be a great team, so well-coached. You got (Jim) Tomsula coaching D-line. You’ve got a Pro Bowl staff over there. (Ray) Horton is a heck of a secondary coach and Manusky is a tough as they get.”

18 responses to “Rob Ryan “excited” to be joining Jay Gruden, Greg Manusky with Washington

  1. As a Redskins fan, i feel like he accidentally walked into a different building for these interviews. Has he watched the same team I’ve had to watch for the last 25 years.

  2. Rob Ryan is excited to be on the Redskins – that excitement is matched only by the Offensive co-ordinators for the Eagles, Giants and Cowboys!!

  3. Only makes since lol but here’s to a Ryan giving our defense some needed grit. Can handle strength training too because we can’t seem to help ourselves their either!

  4. He is “excited” to get a job anywhere as a coach. Again, he must thank his last name, not his record, for another chance to coach.

  5. Rob Ryan was defensive coordinator with the New Orleans Saints
    when the Redskins went down there and beat them so bad he got fired the next day
    and now they Hire him??? what a dysfunctional Organization

  6. A position coach is the player’s sounding board and their conduit to the coordinator and head coach. Communication is the biggest asset a position coach can bring to the table. Can Rob listen to his guys and cooperate with Manusky? I don’t know, but he has a rep as a blustery dude.

    Not sure how this is gonna.go.

  7. Erghh. He’s already said more publicly than a position coach typically says all season. Don’t get me wrong, it’s usually nice to have a former coordinator as your position coach. But like I said yesterday, the Ryan family bombast isn’t a great fit for a position coach. This has distraction written all over it.

  8. I would suggest the Washington team not draft an inside linebacker with early round picks. No sense in wasting them.

  9. Rob Ryan wasn’t the best dc but he wasn’t the worst either. That being said, he’s not being hired to be the dc, he’s a position coach, the inside linebacker coach and I challenge any to find a better qualified coach than Rob at that position. You want to talk about dysfunction and defensive ratings then you should be talking about Wade Phillips, who’s currently on his way to the superbowl, he and Rob Ryan have similar ratings as dc’s. Chew on that for a minute when you start complaining about another log being added to the so-called dumpster fire..

  10. jaypee06 says:
    January 31, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Rob Ryan wasn’t the best dc but he wasn’t the worst either.
    Actually, in 2015 Ryan’s Saints D was literally the worst in the league.

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