Rob Ryan joining Raiders as a senior defensive assistant

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Rob Ryan is headed to Las Vegas.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Ryan will join the Raiders as a senior defensive assistant for the 2022 season. It’s the first time Ryan will be working in Vegas, but he did spend five seasons with the franchise in Oakland as their defensive coordinator earlier in his coaching career.

Ryan was the Ravens’ inside linebackers coach in 2021, but the team parted ways with him after defensive coordinator Wink Martindale left last month. He’s also worked for Washington, Buffalo, New Orleans, Dallas, Cleveland, and New England since entering the league in 2000.

Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels was on the same Patriots staff with Ryan from 2001-2003. Defensive coordinator Patrick Graham also worked in New England, although his stint began well after Ryan had moved on to other jobs.

18 responses to “Rob Ryan joining Raiders as a senior defensive assistant

  1. His best work with the Saints was drinking beer with the fans at Ms. Mae’s on Sunday night. A parody Coach!

  2. A big mistake Al made was not promoting Ryan to HC back in 2007. The players wanted Ryan and he fit that team perfectly. Most Raiders fans wanted him too. Ryan would have been great as he is fearless and tough and the players loved playing for him. Instead, Al hired outsider Lane Kiffin and everything spiraled down. That period was when everyone saw Al was losing it a bit.

  3. I cannot believe the Raiders are bringing this clown back!! He was the D-Coordinator in 2006 when they opened the season on MNF hosting the division rival Chargers and were shut out 27-0. The game started with Rob Ryan’s entire defense taking the field in illegal shoe colors that violated NFL rules. This fiasco of a game proved to be a harbinger as the Raiders finished the season with their worst ever team record of 2-14, which garnered them the first pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. They drafted LSU QB Jamarcus Russell.

  4. My enduring memory of Rob Ryan is of him standing on the sidelines while Sean Payton berated over some call…probably back around 2010 or so.

  5. Im officially done with the Clownshow Raiders after 50 years. Every week they do another thing that boggle the minds of everybody. How the blank does this fool keep getting a job? He doesn’t know squat about defense his record is terrible, stats don’t lie

  6. Great “Opposite Day” Hire. Rob, what would you do here ?
    Ok,Let’s do the Opposite.

  7. I cannot believe that this clown is back with the Raiders. He implored the “Swiss Defense” in Oakland and his D was consistently top 5 in run yards allowed in the NFL. Met him personally twice and he was under a strict “Gag Order, no talk rule, not allowed to interact with non-NFL employees” by Big Al.

    Rob Ryan completely wasted Nnamdi Asomugha’s career.

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