As you may have heard, the St. Louis Rams and Rob Ryan agreed to disagree, annulling the marriage before the ink dried. Obviously, the Rams need a defensive coordinator, but what about Ryan? What's his play here?
According to reports, Ryan and the Rams nixed the deal over scheme disagreements. Ryan's most recent experience is running a 3-4 defense. With the Rams, that wasn't going to happen, not with the kind of investment the team has made in it's core defensive players who also happened to be very successful in a 4-3 defense.
There are still some teams seeking a defensive coordinator, including high profile destinations like New Orleans and Philadelphia. Something else worth noting about both of those destinations is that each team is planning to switch to a 3-4 defense after having run a 4-3.
The economic incentive itself might be enough to lure Ryan. Either team could be willing to pay a premium for his services to help with the transition. Money might not be the only thing interesting to Ryan about those jobs. The Saints could be back in the Super Bowl race next season. In Philadelphia, Ryan would get the chance to exact a little revenge on the Cowboys twice a season. Don't forget, Ryan has a previous advertising deal with a Philly cheesesteak place.
If there's one thing you can glean from the coaching hires and rumor mill over the last month, it's not to take any piece of information at face value. Ryan and the Rams was a done deal, or supposed to be, weeks ago. Chip Kelly and the Eagles were done too when he decided to go back to Oregon, until he decided to go to Philadelphia after all.
We know Ryan will not be working for the Rams this year. However, I wouldn't be surprised to see him to get a gig soon enough.