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RECORD: N/A (never been a head coach at any level)
PREVIOUS JOBS: Defensive Coordinator, Dallas Cowboys (2011); Defensive Coordinator,Cleveland Browns (2009-2010); Defensive Coordinator, Oakland Raiders (2004-2008); Linebackers Coach, New England Patriots(2000-2003)
Milestones: Grew up with Rex as his twin brother and managed to not be too annoyed by him. In all seriousness though, has coached some decent defenses.
PROS: A young, hungry head coach who's had yet to prove himself in the NFL.Very energetic and possesses the sense of humor of his brother and father (former Bears Defensive coordinator and former Eagles head coach Buddy Ryan.) Being Rex Ryan's twin brother could be a pro.
CONS: Only top-5 defenses he's ever coached was with the Patriots and in 2006 with Oakland, although currently his Dallas squad ranks fourth in the league. Rex Ryan's twin brother, could be a major con as well.
Two Ryans, one division. For some, this would be a dream. For others, a nightmare.
Take a heated rivalry and now add the sprinklings of a sibling rivalry and at the very least Miami has one Monday Night Game scheduled per year.
Now here's a few juicy things to consider:
Next season could very well be a make or break season for Rex and the Jets. What if their last game is against Miami for a playoff berth. Could we be looking at a scenario where Rob beats Rex, in the process getting Rex fired?
Secondly: earlier this morning I asked a few Cowboys-fan friends of mines what they thought of this potential three-way trade that I wouldn't put past Jeff Ireland to attempt:
Indianapolis gets: Dallas' 2012 first, third, and sixth round pick along with Miami's 2012 second round pick.
Dallas gets: Peyton Manning and Miami's 2013 second round pick.
Miami gets: Tony Romo and Indianapolis' 2012 sixth round pick.
I think this trade is more possible than you would expect since Jeff Ireland wouldn't have to give up a first rounder, the Cowboys don't trust Romo, and Indy wants more draft picks and wants to trade Peyton.
Why bring this up now? Well even though they're on opposite sides of the ball, it would help Rob Ryan out just a bit to have someone he's familiar with under center.
Plus it gives Jeff Ireland a chance to bring in more Cowboys rejects.