It took slightly longer than five minutes, but according to reports, the St. Louis Rams have hired former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Ryan met with the Rams earlier in the week, but came out of the meeting without a contract. This evening, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports on Twitter that the Rams have in fact hired Ryan.
It is believed that the young, aggressive Rams defense will continue to run a 4-3 base scheme although Ryan is known for running the 3-4 alignment.
The Rams have built the foundation of a very talented defense, leading the league in sacks last season with 52. Robert Quinn and Chris Long both recorded double digit sack totals. The secondary was aggressive with rookie CB Janoris Jenkins having a stellar first season.
The Rams had hired Gregg Williams as the team’s defensive coordinator at the start of last season, but Williams eventually was suspended by the league over his involvement with the Saints Bountygate scandal. Williams was reinstated by the league this past week, but the Rams had no interest in bringing him back into the mix.
Ryan now gets to face Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick four times a year.