Rob Ryan: Being out of coaching “humbles you”

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Rob Ryan is the inside linebackers coach in Washington this year and that post marks a pair of returns for the longtime NFL assistant.

It’s the first time he’s worked as a position coach since he was with the Patriots in 2003 and it is his first coaching job of any kind since he was fired along with his brother Rex by the Bills in December 2016. Ryan did television and radio work for the last two years and also spent time working at a shipyard while waiting for the phone to ring from a team.

The phone didn’t ring, which left Ryan to pick it up and make a call to Washington to end what he called a “humbling” stretch of being away from the game.

“When you’re out of a job, you need people to step up and help you,” Ryan said, via the team’s website. “I’m not a charity case at all, I’m a great coach. But to be out of work that long makes no sense. It made no sense. But it humbles you and you come back with a good attitude.”

Humble isn’t a word often associated with the Ryan family, but Ryan appears to be back in the saddle. He says the Washington defense “is going to do great” in what he hopes will be the first chapter of a second act to his coaching career.

34 responses to “Rob Ryan: Being out of coaching “humbles you”

  1. Surprising with the losses on the coaching staff in Foxbro that he was not called up. Perhaps says something.

  2. Rob Ryan wasn’t unique among HCs for being an obnoxious egomaniac – they’ve always been around. Hue Jackson & Jon Gruden are 2 recent examples although Gruden is much more damaging to a team than Ryan was because he also has GM-type personnel power.

  3. I’m not a charity case at all, I’m a great coach.

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    Yep, he sounds really humbled.

  4. I never understood the popularity of either Ryan……but mouths and the novelty wears off very quickly.

  5. Don’t worry Rob, you’ll get to enjoy some more humbling soon enough.

    Although I doubt you will recognize when it knocks on the door.

  6. He and his over-rated brother needed to be humbled, just like their father. They should have changed their last name to “Arrogant”, because that’s what they were.
    still one of the most classless things I’ve ever seen in over 57 years of watching the NFL was when Buddy Ryan was the defensive coordinator of the Houston Oilers in 1993 and Kevin Gilbride was their offensive coordinator. Ryan didn’t like the fact that Gilbride was trying to score more points before halftime (the Oilers were winning 14 to 0 at that time) and their QB Cody Carlson fumbled the ball on his own 18 yard line. So he started screaming at Gilbride and then tried to punch him in the mouth. His punch glanced off Gilbride before everyone jumped in and pulled Ryan away.
    If there was any justice. Gilbride would have been able to get off a punch of his own and planted Ryan right on his fat butt.
    After the game, Ryan was Ryan, of course. Instead of apologizing, he said famously, “Kevin Gilbride will be selling insurance in two years”.
    Ryan was a lousy prognosticator, as well. Gilbride coached in the NFL until 2014 and is slated to be the head coach of the XFL’s New York team in 2020. Meanwhile, Ryan was out of football by the end of 1995.
    Buddy Ryan at least was a very good defensive coach, unlike his son Rob. Ryan was a lousy head coach, just like his son Rex.

  7. He was an absolutely miserable defensive coordinator. Does anyone forget his stint with the saints? Buffalo didn’t really go any better, Although there appear to be bigger problems in Buffalo then the coaching staff. They perennially fail to meet expectations, So maybe that one’s not fair. But his greatest success of coaching seems to be when he was with New England. The way New England plays, every player and coach looks like a star until they leave. I hate to see anybody unemployed, but this guy should have been out of coaching or moved to position coaching years ago.

  8. Happens all the time to coaches at all levels,you just happen to be a Ryan and self appointed “great” coach. Sure doesnt sound like it humbled him too long……

  9. “But to be out of work that long makes no sense. It made no sense. But it humbles you and you come back with a good attitude.”

    Doesn’t sound humbling at all. Sounds like the same old arrogant attitude he’s always had.

  10. Never used to like him but when I’ve been in the UK in the last couple of years to visit folks I got to see him on their TV coverage of the NFL and I have to say he was actually good at it.

  11. The Ryan boys, two classic examples of the rampant nepotism in the NFL. If your daddy was a good coach, you will continue to get jobs even if you are horrible at all of them.

  12. So, that was what Rob Ryan considers being humble? Sounds like someone needs to step up and bring him a dictionary.

  13. Best humbling of Rob Ryan came in 2013 when he was with the Saints, with a game-winning, last-second Tom Brady TD pass to undrafted WR Kenbrell Thompkins. Rob and his defenders started celebrating on the sidelines too soon.

  14. Rob was never a HC, to the poster above who said that.

    I never found a logical way to give Rob any individual credit for being great at his job … but Rex was good for a time…Buddy obviously was.

  15. Gee Rob, had it humbled you enough to stop trashing houses you rent and then stiffing the owner when you get fired, in host towns that simply welcomed you? Overrated Clown.

  16. Who continues to hire this guy? He is a buffoon. On the one hand he is humbled and in the next sentence he says how great the defense will be. Can you imagine what he is like when the interviews are over? Yikes

  17. Best humbling of Rob Ryan came in 2013 when he was with the Saints, with a game-winning, last-second Tom Brady TD pass to undrafted WR Kenbrell Thompkins. Rob and his defenders started celebrating on the sidelines too soon.

    The Saints were 5-0 going into that game, and reverted to a .500 team for the next 4 seasons after it. That game broke them, lol.

  18. Well there’s the problem right there. The guy thinks he’s a “great coach.” As a Raiders fan, I’m here to tell you that’s NOT the case. Not even close. The man is a disaster who has NO idea how to get the most out of his players. Period.

    I can’t believe how long we stuck it out with this guy. WHY?!?!

  19. Both Ryan brothers are nothing more than Head Cheerleaders. That’s why they applied for HC positions.

  20. Here is why both Rex and Rob deserved to be fired after week 16 of the 2016 season–in overtime, both HC Rex and DC Rob put TEN MEN ON THE FIELD with a couple of minutes left in OT which allowed Miami’s Jay Ajayi to rush 57 yards which gave Miami a chance at a winning FG (after allowing the kicker to kick a game-tie-ing FG with seconds on the clock in regulation since Rexy didn’t throw the time-out flag soon enough to ice the kicker.) In other words, Rexy and Rob allowed the Dolphins to make the playoffs that year.

    Then the year after the firings the Bills make the playoffs–then they get rid of the QB that got them there! And then folks wonder why the Bills were out of the playoffs about 20 years?

  21. thekillernacho says:
    June 19, 2019 at 9:02 am
    I’m so glad Rob Ryan is back in the NFL
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    Said no one ever, except for the rest of the NFC East.

    Look what he did at his last two stints in Dallas and New Orleans.

  22. I would agree he is a great coach. As a defensive coordinator, I would rank him at #32 in the world. ☺

  23. Actually, #32 is wrong. I forgot about the CFL, the up and coming XFL and college football. Sorry.

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