Rob Ryan’s reaction to the Dallas Cowboys firing him was pretty much what you would expect. He scoffed, pretended it didn’t mean anything, and said that he would find a new job in about five minutes.
That was on Tuesday. It has been considerably longer than five minutes.
Unfortunately for his critics, while he was off on precisely how long it would take him to find new employment, Ryan was actually pretty spot-on in terms of his value around the league. Despite the fact that the Cowboys ranked 19th defensively last year and that none of his defenses have ever been particularly spectacular, apparently Ryan is on the verge of signing a deal with the St. Louis Rams to become their defensive coordinator.
On Saturday, Brian Costello tweeted out the following:
Source: Rob Ryan has been hired by the Rams as their new defensive coordinator.— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) January 12, 2013
Almost immediately after that came down the wire, numerous outlets began reporting the move as if it were a done deal. (Probably because the tweet made it seem like it was a done deal.) That, in turn, forced Costello to backtrack a bit:
Another source says Rob Ryan to the Rams is not a done deal.Still sounds like it will get done, but stay tuned.— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) January 12, 2013
And then when a reporter finally got hold of Ryan himself, he rejected the notion that he had already been hired.
Rob Ryan on being hired by Rams: "I'm on a beach and have talked to nobody and have no comment."— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) January 12, 2013
Generally speaking, “no comment” is about as close as people who can’t say yes come to saying yes. Based on that, it is fair to deduce that Ryan has likely been pegged as as the Rams’ new DC – presuming nothing falls apart. That being said, the idea of something falling apart with a guy who is as volatile is Ryan clearly is shouldn’t be perceived as crazy. It could very easily happen.
If the deal does go through and Ryan does in fact sign on the bottom line, it will be interesting to see what he does with the St. Louis defense. There are some young, talented pieces there, but nothing in Ryan’s résumé indicates that he can do what his brother once did in Baltimore. In Dallas, Ryan took an embarrassing defense to mediocrity. Is he capable of anything more than mediocrity? We’ll all find out together.