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Without Question Rob Ryan Will Impact the Rams' Defense and More NFC West News

Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan on the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
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Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterJanuary 25, 2013

Nothing has been made official as of yet, but in the coming hours, it's likely we will hear from the St. Louis Rams organization on the hire of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. ESPN's very own, Adam Schefter, reported the news less than 24 hours ago:

A little longer than five minutes but still...Rams hired former Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan as their defensive coordinator.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 25, 2013

When Ryan was fired from the Cowboys, he stated to ESPN's Tim MacMahon that he would be out of work for about five minutes. It ended up being a little bit longer than five minutes, as Deadspin.com figured that he was out of work for 22,987 minutes.

But really, who's counting?

Ryan has typically ran a 3-4 defensive scheme for the majority of his career, so that left fans and media members alike wondering if the Rams will be moving to a 3-4 defense. The simple answer is no, according to Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

On the Rams: It's Jeff Fisher's defense. He'll run what he wants to run and Rob Ryan will have a chance to make an impact. Ensemble.

— Bernie Miklasz (@miklasz) January 25, 2013

That right there is good news for the St. Louis Rams. Under the tutelage of Jeff Fisher, the Rams' defense make incredible strides in year one. They ended the season as the 14th best defense in terms of total yardage and they secured the 11th most interceptions.

Not to mention they registered 52 sacks—that tied the Denver Broncos for the most sacks in the league. Keeping Fisher in control is the right move, but adding another smart, defensive mind to the staff is also a smart move.

Things in St. Louis just keep getting better.

 

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