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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 3:28 pm    Post subject: offense already in place, Rex Ryan could fly with Falcons Reply with quote

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Rex Ryan might be on the precipice of pulling off a coaching miracle worthy of a round of applause and standing ovation.

When he gets fired by the Jets after this miserable season, he could be flying south for the winter… and spring and summer and fall. Ryan might trade in a closet full of green-and-white gear for some red-and-black merchandise with a new motto: Play Like A Falcon.

Black Monday (Dec. 29) will reveal all of the head coaching vacancies, but this much is certain: Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank wants to ignite a frustrated fan base and change the culture of his team.

“Arthur wants a tougher team,” a source familiar with Blank’s thinking told the Daily News. “He wants guys that have an edge to them.”

Blank, a native of Queens, is a Ryan fan. The owner came away with a favorable impression of the then-Ravens defensive coordinator during the head coaching interview process in 2008. Two sources believed that Ryan had the inside track at the time thanks to a solid first interview with Blank and team president Rich McKay before general manager Thomas Dimitroff was hired.

Dimitroff took part in Ryan’s second interview and ultimately preferred Jaguars defensive coordinator Mike Smith. Ryan went back to Baltimore for a year before the Jets hired him.

Now, Smith, who is 9-19 since losing in the 2012 NFC Championship Game, appears to be on his way out.

The feeling is that Blank will make a coaching change after the season, even though the 5-7 Falcons could win the weak NFC South.

“I think Smitty’s fate is sealed,” the source said of Smith.

Ryan could wind up coaching a 2014 playoff team after missing the postseason for four consecutive years with the Jets. The prevailing sentiment among front office executives across the league who spoke to The News this week is that the Jets’ 2-10 record entering Sunday’s game against the Vikings is a reflection of GM John Idzik’s terrible talent procurement rather than Ryan’s coaching.

A poor 2014 record, in other words, won’t necessarily preclude Ryan from finding another home. Andy Reid went 4-12 in his final season in Philly before the Chiefs hired him in 2013. The Broncos snatched up John Fox in 2011 after a 2-14 meltdown in Carolina. A quarter of the head coaches in the league are on their second gig.

Ryan is expected to draw interest from some of the six or more teams likely to have head coaching vacancies after the season. He will opt for a television job over another defensive coordinator position, according to people close to him.

The Bears and their anemic defense could be a good fit, but keep an eye on the Dolphins as a potential suitor for Ryan if Miami misses the playoffs. Sources told The News that owner Stephen Ross has an affinity for Ryan. If Jim Harbaugh remains in Northern California, as expected, then Ryan could become a viable option in South Beach.

The Falcons, however, might be the best place for Ryan. Blank wants a strong personality to instill a tough mindset for a team that he believes has been soft under Smith. He’s also looking to make a splash with a $1.4 billion retractable-roof stadium scheduled to open in 2017. Ryan, a great salesman, would breathe life into the fan base (and help sell personal seat licenses along the way).

It’s unclear whether Dimitroff will be retained, but signs point to Blank making the call on the coaching hire.

“I believe Arthur will hire the next coach, not Thomas,” the source said. “That’s if he even keeps Thomas.”

The Falcons, saddled with injuries on the offensive line for the second consecutive season, already have what Ryan lacked for six seasons with the Jets: An established quarterback.

Matt Ryan and Julio Jones would be the two best offensive skill-position players that Ryan has ever coached. (Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is under contract through 2015).

Ryan’s defensive prowess is exactly what the Falcons need. Smith’s team ranks last in total defense after finishing 27th last season. They’re currently last against the pass. Ryan has had a Top 10 defense in five of six seasons with the Jets. He finished in the Top 6 against the pass in four seasons. The Jets are somehow 13th in pass defense this season despite a horrific cornerback situation.

Ryan’s teams have had the toughness that Blank desires. The Jets defense is third against the run after finishing third last season.

“It would be a great opportunity for Rex,” said Mike Vick, who played his first six seasons in Atlanta. “It would be a great opportunity for Arthur. I can tell you that… It would be awesome. I think Rex would fit in. With the defensive scheme that he has, with the right players, he could work miracles. Super Bowl miracles.”

Ryan would maximize emerging cornerback Desmond Trufant’s skill set in his press, man-to-man scheme. He might also lure Darrelle Revis, who would welcome playing for his former coach if he doesn’t stay with the Patriots.

The Falcons will have nearly $27 million in salary cap space next year to bring in players with the proper mindset to be a physical team.

Ryan might not have to wait very long to begin his second act.


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It makes sense if you think about it. Rex had no QB in NY and if he can get in the playoffs and win with just Sanchez as QB, just think what he could do with us, he would have our offense to work with. Our offense and his defense, think about that.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sign me up, been saying this all along!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

im gong to put this in the gen forum btw
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we can all agree Rex is a great fit and would do awesome here, especially if he keeps Koetter. The only thing is supposedly he wants to go into broadcasting.
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Without those elite targets, [Matt Ryan] is in the same tier as Matt Cassell.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BeeperKing wrote:
I think we can all agree Rex is a great fit and would do awesome here, especially if he keeps Koetter. The only thing is supposedly he wants to go into broadcasting.


Yeah, but if Blank can convince him, he may change his mind.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BeeperKing wrote:
I think we can all agree Rex is a great fit and would do awesome here, especially if he keeps Koetter. The only thing is supposedly he wants to go into broadcasting.

really? haven't heard this
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GFalcon wrote:
BeeperKing wrote:
I think we can all agree Rex is a great fit and would do awesome here, especially if he keeps Koetter. The only thing is supposedly he wants to go into broadcasting.

really? haven't heard this


http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2014/11/25/7290709/rex-ryan-expects-fired-jets-john-idzik


It's unconfirmed, of course, but it makes a ton of sense if you think about it. He'd be awesome on TV, and after 5 years of coaching in New York, it could have just taken the desire out of him. But who knows, really.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I want Ryan if he will leave the offense alone. That means keeping Koetter, or someone that runs a similar offense. There is no need for us to go to a conservative ground and pound game that Rex's teams have been known for since he became the Jets head coach. Thats no Marty Morningwhig, no Tony Sparano, or anyone like that.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I posted this in the NFL General forum in the "Rex Ryan to Atlanta" thread and wanted to post it in here for discussion. The part about Mike Smith was in response to a poster's comment about needing a defensive minded head coach...

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But didn't they do that with Mike Smith? I can't help but wonder if someone like Pep Hamilton could be a "surprise" head coach hire this offseason. I don't know if Hamilton checks all of the boxes when it comes to what you look for in a head coach but I wouldn't be shocked if he becomes a pretty hot name this offseason, especially if the Colts can continue to have success.

I have no clue what kind of personality Hamilton has or how he interacts with the players, but if he has a true mind for football and shows enough of an aptitude for managing a roster and gameplan, maybe he gets some serious looks - and maybe by Atlanta?

Obviously Hamilton's background is on the offensive side of the ball, but if he can sit down with an owner like Arthur Blank and provide some solid coaching staff options, especially on the defensive side of the ball, he might be a solid option to consider.

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