When reports first surfaced of the St. Louis Rams’ desire to hire former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to the same position, there were plenty of mixed opinions from fans. After denials of interest, reports of him being hired, and everything in between, it appears that the two will no longer be affiliated after all.
According to recent discoveries, Ryan actually turned down the position on Jeff Fisher’s coaching staff due to concerns about coaching the 4-3 system. That was one of the primary concerns from a fan perspective of why he wouldn’t fit with the team in the first place. Ryan also wanted to bring his own assistants along for the gig with the Rams and that was a sticking point with Fisher and his current staff.
While this announcement is a big surprise considering the ongoing flirtation that took place between the two parties, it should actually be seen as a relief for fans. Ryan is an outspoken coach who is set in his ways and that really doesn’t gel well with a roster loaded with youth. The 3-4 system has been a staple of Ryan’s as well and it just wouldn’t work with the Rams as they are currently assembled and that appears to have been the final straw.
Now for the Rams, they are back to searching for their next defensive coordinator. With the Super Bowl taking place in less than a week now, perhaps that would be the best place to begin once the big game concludes. They are also expected to reach out to long time NFL name Dick Jauron and gauge his interest level. The college route is a possibility as well with high-profile assistants Todd Grantham of Georgia and Kirby Smart from Alabama in play. Promoting from within remains a viable option as well with Fisher having a large influence over the defense as it is and possibly someone like secondary coach Chuck Cecil or assistant head coach Dave McGinnis assuming the title as coordinator.
The possibilities are endless for the Rams at this point, but there is now one certainty; Rob Ryan will not be on the Rams’ sidelines next season. If you are a fan of the team, that thought should bring more relief than disappointment.