The St. Louis Rams are close to proving that the old adage of one man’s trash is another man’s treasure holds true even from an NFL perspective. The team may have gotten rid of the defensive coordinator that never was in Gregg Williams shortly after the season concluded, but no one could have seen this hire coming as a replacement.
When Rob Ryan was let go by the Dallas Cowboys as their defensive coordinator earlier in the week, many fans wondered why. Ryan’s unit in Dallas wasn’t spectacular, ranking 19th in total defense, but his schemes have always been lauded as some of the best in the game today. Coming from the Ryan family tree, clearly there is going to be some interest given Buddy Ryan’s amazing run in the league and brother Rex Ryan now still (somehow) coaching the New York Jets.
Always known for being less than shy, Ryan made his thoughts known about the Cowboys decision to fire him quickly thereafter. Ryan said:
I inherited a team that was 31st in the league in defense and made them better. I (expletive) made them a hell of a lot better. I’ll be out of work for like five minutes. I think I did a good job and I think our staff did a good job on defense trying to compete with what we had at the end of the year. But the best job we did was when we were able to coach our starters.
It may have been a bit more than five minutes, but it appears the Rams will soon officially prove Ryan to be correct. Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher has quite a familiarity with the Ryan family having played under Buddy with the Chicago Bears in the 1980s. He also became a member of Ryan’s staff with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1986 after suffering a career-ending injury the year before.
Coaching staffs around the league are always fluid, but the Rams have experienced an inordinate amount of churn in recent years. Now that Ryan is in place and Fisher is the man at the helm, expect this arrangement to work quite well for years to come. The Rams are finally competitive again as 2012 proved and that will only continue into year two under Fisher.
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