After announcing on January 24 that they had come to an agreement in principal with Rob Ryan, who would sign on as defensive coordinator, the Rams announced earlier today that they will not be hiring Rob citing philosophical differences.
The St. Louis Rams will not hire Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator after a second visit with the coaching staff Monday determined that his addition was not a good “scheme fit,” according to coach Jeff Fisher.
Fisher noted that the team did not make an official announcement on the hiring of Ryan, but his team will publicly confirm that Ryan will not join the staff.
Eric Weeks, TheJetsBlog.com
What I can’t understand is why the Rams failed to get their ducks in a row before today. Everyone loves to discuss the dysfunctional Jets but when the Rams all but ink a contract with their heir apparent at defensive coordinator and then find out a few days later they went through the process too quickly, it’s ok? If anything this makes me feel better about the amount of time the Jets took to hire Idzik. Granted, the jury is out on him but at least they didn’t announce Candidate X prematurely and then back out of the deal. That would have been the cherry on top in this media market.
Ranting aside, this poses an interesting question. It seems as if Rob is looking for something a little more than a positional coaching job but with nearly all of the defensive coordinator positions filled, it may come down to getting back to his roots and working with the linebackers and it just so happens the Jets have that very position open after it was vacated by Bob Sutton and Mike Smith respectively. Rex has reportedly expressed interest in working with his brother and according to our own Jake Steinberg has requested to interview him every year since he was hired in 2009.
While his units weren’t ranked particularly high as a defensive coordinator, partly due to talent issues on poorly fielded Raiders and Browns teams, his experience working with linebackers would be a valuable asset for a Jets unit looking to get younger and faster on the inside and outside. With that comes baggage due to their Ryan family charms and you can bet six ways to Sunday that the media will have an absolute field day with two Ryans in the same building that is already perceived as a circus (though John Idzik deals with reality). To my knowledge, which doesn’t say much, I don’t know of other more qualified candidates or young guys waiting for their chance so I won’t say there’s better or worse options out there but we would be remiss if we didn’t consider Rob an option at this point as he will likely want to land somewhere soon and begin anew in 2013.
That in mind, are the Jets going to be the landing spot for Rob? Sound off!