When Rob Ryan was fired in Dallas, he basically flipped the bird while leaving the building, saying he wouldn’t be out of work long and pretty much that his firing was the Cowboys loss and not his. Ryan was right about one thing, he would draw intense interest from teams, but contrary to numerous reports last night, Ryan hasn’t accepted a job with the St. Louis Rams.
Ryan told ESPNDallas beat writer Calvin Watkins that he’s not in St. Louis preparing to be introduced as the new defensive coordinator for the Rams. Instead Ryan said that he was on a beach and that he hadn’t talked to any teams yet, let alone the Rams.
Rob Ryan on being hired by Rams: “I’m on a beach and have talked to nobody and have no comment.”
— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) January 12, 2013
The report that Ryan accepted the job with the Rams appears to be erroneous at the moment, but that doesn’t mean it’s fabricated. Rather, the story seems to be premature but it does appear that if Ryan wants a job with the Rams, it’s in St. Louis waiting for him.
The report from Brian Costello of the New York Post that the Rams hired Ryan appears to be premature, but several reports have said that Rams coach Jeff Fisher is interested in adding Ryan to his staff. Some reports have said Ryan is the front runner to become the Rams’ next defensive coordinator.
Jeff Fisher has reportedly said that he wants Ryan on his staff, but after the absolutely poor week and a half of journalism we’ve experienced, honestly there’s nothing to say that report is true either. It would make sense that Ryan comes aboard Jeff Fisher’s staff, as Fisher and Ryan’s father Buddy Ryan go way back, but “insiders” are quickly running out of slack when it comes to racing to be first rather than fighting to be right.
Once again the story seems to be more about how reporters jumped the gun rather than the story they were supposed to be covering.