I, like many Ravens fans, was a little surprised and dissapointed when Rex Ryan didn’t get the head coaching gig, and they instead hired John Harbaugh.
Seems the front office knew what they were doing, given some of Ryan’s recent behavior.
This is primarily because of the tone being set by their new head coach, Rex Ryan.
Ryan, of course, was the Ravens’ popular, longtime defensive coordinator before replacing Eric Mangini as Jets coach. But somehow he has morphed into the NFL version of your crazy Uncle Gus, a guy who seems determined to give voice to whatever thought pops into his head.
Never mind the little war of words he had with the Miami Dolphins‘ Channing Crowder. And the dissing – which you had to love – of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, with Ryan saying he didn’t come to New York to kiss Belichick’s Super Bowl rings.
Now, just in time for Monday’s game at M&T Bank Stadium, he popped off about Ravens rookie linebacker Paul Kruger.
Seems to me, the Ravens saw this instability when the fans didn’t (maybe they even controlled it a little), and it ruled Ryan out as a serious contender for their head coaching job.
I’m a big Rex Ryan fan, and I think he’s one of the best defensive coordinators ever, but I’m not so sure he’s cut out to be a head coach. The Ravens sure appear to have made the right choice.