The Washington Redskins added another former Defense Coordinator – and flair – to their staff by hiring Rob Ryan Wednesday. Ryan will be her inner linebacker trainer.
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Kevin O'Connell, who last season served as the Redskins quarterback coach and temporary game coordinator, will replace Matt Cavanaugh as an offensive coordinator.
1 Ryan has not trained in the NFL since 2016 when he was Buffalo Assistant Head Coach / Defense. He ran an interview for the then-vacant Redskins job as a defensive coordinator after that season, but the job went to Greg Manusky. The Redskins have questioned several people as possible substitutes for Manusky in this offseason, but he remains responsible. Ryan is well versed in the defense of the base 3-4 of the Redskins after he himself had run a version of it. He replaces Kirk Olivadotti, who had taken a similar position with Green Bay.
Ryan is the second ex-coordinator hired by the defense reinforcements team and joined secondary coach Ray Horton. Ryan was coordinator in Oakland, Cleveland, Dallas and New Orleans. Most recently, he worked from 2000 to # 03 as a position coach at New England and worked with the linebackers.
Ryan's long, flowing hair and fondness for colorful quotes will add more personality to the Redskins' defense, if not otherwise. But what they need most is a change of success. Washington's defense since 2009 is no longer allowed in the top 10 in points or yards. The Redskins were 15th in points and 16th in yards last season, their best overall record since 2009.