The Buffalo Bills fired coach Rex Ryan today. Why they would fire him with one week left in the season is questionable.
What good does that do? Going to give his replacement a one-week trial?
But these are the Buffalo Bills. Who cares?
Let’s get it over to Green Bay where it belongs!
Like the Bills are perennial losers, the Green Bay Packers seemingly have a perennially crappy defense. The guy in charge of that defense is Dom Capers.
Save for 2010, when they were stocked with playmakers, and parts of 2015, the Packers’ defense has been the weak point of the team (save for Shawn Slocum’s awful special teams units) with Capers at the helm. A lot of people don’t think Capers does his job very well.
A lot of people like to dream of wild scenarios.
Scenarios like Rex Ryan replacing Capers as the Packers’ defensive coordinator.
First of all, let’s just say this. Ryan has built his career on being a great defensive mind. He was the Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator from 2005 to 2008. He was the New York Jets head coach from 2009 to 2014, where the Jets seemingly always had a great defense (and no offense).
It seems like everyone is now wise to the fact that Rex Ryan isn’t a great head coach, despite two AFC Championship game appearances with the Jets. A lot of guys who fail as head coaches go back to find success as a coordinators. Although the success part is debatable, Capers was himself a head coach at one time. Wade Phillips is another example. Not so good as a head coach, pretty solid as Denver’s defensive coordinator.
So Rex Ryan as the Packers’ defensive coordinator?
Let the chatter begin…
Rex Ryan as #Packers defensive coordinator in 2017??
— Arrick Upton (@ArrickUpton) December 27, 2016
— ⚜️ (@TrapGawdd) December 27, 2016
Packers sign Rex Ryan yet?
— Brian Fonfara (@PTTF_Brian) December 27, 2016
Rex Ryan should be the @packers Defensive Coordinator next season
— Connor Ayres (@ConnorAyres4) December 27, 2016
Here’s the thing.
This is NEVER going to happen.
The reason is simple. Is Rex Ryan theoretically a better defensive coordinator than Dom Capers?
He’s also outspoken. He likes the spotlight. He’s the exact opposite type of person the Green Bay Packers employ.
They like vanilla. They like company men. They like guys who fit into the program.
Besides that, Mike McCarthy has a large ego. Rex Ryan might have a bigger one, although it’s close.
Those two egos would have a hard time co-existing in the same place.
Rex Ryan coaching the Green Bay Packers defense is a nice thought.
It’s also essentially impossible.
It’s the truth. Maybe Ryan will get the gig in Jax but surely not with the packers.
Mordecai has this exactly right, whether it was his own thought’s or he read it somewhere.
I never had any dealings with the Packers directly. But if any of you know any local sport reporters, they may have told you that Wisconsin sports reporters playfully refer to the Green Bay Packers as “Red China”. In a playful but serious way.
Personality’s like Ryan’s have no place in the highly guarded and protective society known as the Packers. Where the rule of conduct concerning coach’s and players, and all other Green Bay Packer employee’s by the tyranny powers of Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy are strictly adhered to.
Make no mistake about it, offenders of the Packers rule of law will suffer certain penalty.
The Packers do present a disciplined face and that standard extends far beyond the days of Thompson and McCarthy. If you put the team in a negative light or you start trying to stand out from the team, you will be cut loose. The people in Wisconsin culturally respect the united front presented, that everything is about the team and not the individual. It simply isn’t a culture of braggarts and bigmouths, and that behavior is not tolerated well. I completely agree with you: Guys who think it’s all about them are not welcome.
there was a change I would rather see a Defensive Coordinator that has recently transformed a defense from a bottom 10 group to a top 10 group. I thought the Bills were one of the better defenses before Ryan went to Buffalo. The Bills defense has regressed under Ryan’s supervision.
To me there would be very few teams head coaches, GM, or owners that would tolerate the Ryan circus.
IF the packers make a change at defensive coordinator I think Gus Bradley would be the better fit in GB. Doesn’t have the outspoken personality, and he runs a fairly similar scheme to Capers. So no sweeping changes as far personnel goes. I would be very supportive of this hire.
I’ll still contend that Capers is as good as gone, the only way he could keep his job is if the defense played well, and the Packers got in the S B and the defense didn’t embarrass itself.
Other than that, Capers will be the fall guy. And long overdue imo.
I hope you are right. What are your thoughts on Bradley?
Capers needs to go…
Rex is NOT the answer….
“Crap like this,” indeed, Mordecai. Thanks for exposing your ignorance; Green Bay – neither the team nor the fans – want Rex Ryan. As far as “vanilla,” that translates into “humble team players.” And yes, we’ll take those all day long.