When Mike Holmgren and the Browns passed down the decision to retain Eric Mangini and his coaching staff beyond the 2009 season, even coaches that had left prior to the announcement returned to Cleveland. However, while no coaches will be relieved of their duties, it appears that defensive coordinator Rob Ryan would not mind following his brother Rex’s footsteps and become the head coach of an NFL franchise.
In an interview with USA Today, Ryan claimed that he will be a head coach in the NFL some day, and a “damn successful one, too.”
Earning himself two Super Bowl rings in his 12 years within the league, Ryan is allegedly interested in an opportunity that may present itself in Oakland. While Tom Cable is currently holding the Raiders head coaching position, there is a feeling amongst the league that he could be joining Seattle’s Jim Mora in the one-and-done club. If that was the case, Ryan would likely be among the candidates to fill the position as he has a history with the Oakland franchise as the defensive coordinator between 2004-2009.
A fan-favorite, Ryan comes from a family tree of NFL coaches, all of which have never been shy when it comes to giving their opinion. His brother Rex took over the New York Jets in 2009 - after a very successful stint in Baltimore - and led them to a playoff birth, where they will play for a shot at the AFC Championship this week. His father, Buddy, was one of the more influential coaches in the history of the NFL thanks to his work with the Chicago Bears.
“There are a lot of good coaches out there,” Rob stated. “But there are only so many Ryans.”
Former Buffalo Bills coach Dick Jauron would likely be a candidate to replace Ryan in the event that he were to not be in Cleveland for 2010. Jauron has a defensive background, including his time with the Green Bay Packers where he worked under Mike Holmgren, and made the playoffs in three of his four seasons as defensive coordinator in Jacksonville. Joining Jauron as a possibility would be the recently fired Jim Mora – who was the heir to Holmgren in Seattle – was a defensive coordinator for four years with the San Francisco 49ers.
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