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    Is Rex Ryan the one for the Rams?

    By Jeff Gordon
    STLTODAY.COM SPORTS COLUMNIST
    Tuesday, Jan. 13 2009
    Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan would be a terrific head coach for the
    Rams. After interviewing him Sunday, the front-office search contingent agreed.

    This old-school, no-nonsense coach could restore pride to a battered football
    operation. Ryan seems both charismatic and demanding.

    He may be more tactful than his father, the legendary Buddy Ryan, but he is no
    less competitive. His track record in Baltimore, as both an assistant coach and
    coordinator, speaks volumes.

    Ryan is overdue to get a head-coaching opportunity.

    But two huge obstacles could prevent him from reaching Rams Park. One, the New
    York Jets management team also considers him a leading candidate for its
    opening.

    Two, Ryan’s Baltimore Ravens could advance to the Super Bowl by winning the AFC
    Championship Game. That would further delay his official hiring in New York,
    St. Louis or anywhere else.

    So Billy Devaney and Co. continue to explore their options. Fortunately, it
    appears the Rams are getting it right this time.

    With Devaney leading the search instead of John Shaw, this franchise is talking
    to the right people.

    Interim Rams coach Jim Haslett and Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier
    already have had their big LA interviews. Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason
    Garrett and Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo are next.

    A sixth finalist, baby-faced Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, got
    away. The Broncos locked him up before the Rams could make much headway with
    him.

    That’s life in the NFL. The Rams are down in the pecking order. Denver is a far
    more desirable coaching destination. So is New York, for that matter, and the
    Big Apple press is already rallying behind the potential Ryan hiring there.

    In this corner of cyberspace, here is how we rank the finalists:

    Ryan: He knows how to build a great organization because he has worked in one.
    His personal advancement came more slowly because he worked for the Ravens,
    rather than a lesser team, but he learned more. A lot of coaches talk about not
    taking short cuts, but Ryan has embodied that concept in his career.

    Rex had to wait his turn to become defensive coordinator, even when other
    organizations believed he was up to the challenge. When he got passed over for
    Baltimore’s head-coaching job, in favor of John Harbaugh, he came back with one
    of his finest coaching efforts. He has been able to put organizational
    interests ahead of his own.

    The Jets might be down to Ryan and current offensive coordinator Brian
    Schottenheimer.

    Frazier: When the Broncos took a look at him, Harbaugh offered the Denver Post
    this endorsement: “Hire Leslie Frazier. That's my advice.” And: “He's a
    tremendous X's-and-O's coach. Players will respect him. He's a great organizer,
    a motivator. He's just a real good man.”

    The Lions are also highly interested, but that team may be leaning toward
    Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. Those talks could progress quickly
    now that Tennessee is done.

    Haslett: No, he didn’t get the desired results after replacing Scott Linehan.
    His hiring generated lots of excitement, but the euphoria wore off as the
    losses mounted. Belatedly, he moved some of the underachievers to the bench and
    took a look at younger players.

    He offered Shaw, Chip Rosenbloom, Lucia Rodriguez and Stan Kroenke a detailed
    plan for turning things around ASAP. With Devaney running the football
    operation and Jay Zygmunt out of the building, that plan would have a chance to
    work.

    If Haslett doesn’t get the gig, he could land in Green Bay as defensive
    coordinator. The Packers looked at Mike Nolan for that job, but he landed in
    Denver instead.

    Spagnuolo: The Jets took a look at him, but his interview knocked him down the
    list. But Devaney has known him a long, long time. He has worked with him. He
    doesn’t need to be wowed by an interview to realize his value.

    He also passed muster with the Lions; that team also wants a second interview,
    too.

    Garrett: Wasn’t he supposed to be the heir apparent to Wade Phillips? Yeah, but
    these days, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is willing to let him leave. Denver
    considered him before hiring McDaniels, and Detroit also took a look.

    Garrett didn’t get an endorsement from Ravens safety Ed Reed, who offered these
    recollections in a radio interview: “That was a real simple game plan that they
    attacked us with. I thought it would be more complicated, but it was a real
    simple game plan that they attacked us with. I mean we knew it. Looking at
    these coaches' openings and talking about a certain someone from Dallas, I'm
    like, 'Hold on now.'

    “It's just Garrett, Garrett, Garrett. I knew the plays we were going against.
    Maybe that was the game plan for us. But when you watch it on tape, it's not as
    complicated as I thought it would be. I'm surprised people want to fire Wade
    Phillips down there and he's the one calling the defense -- and the defense is
    successful. The guy who's calling the offensive plays isn't getting the same
    turnaround. Maybe it's the players.”

    Or maybe it’s the interference Garrett got from Jones or the chaos created by
    Terrell Owens. Garrett must be dying to run his own program the right way.

    The bottom line: I love Ryan, but I can’t see the Rams making a bad choice off
    this list.


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    Re: Is Rex Ryan the one for the Rams?

    wasn't thomas saying this like 3 years ago too

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