Chicago Bears: The Rex Ryan Question

Chicago Bears: The Rex Ryan Question


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A popular name in circles regarding possible replacements for Mel Tucker is Rex Ryan.  Here is a look at what such a move entails for the Chicago Bears.

How To Lure Him In

First and foremost, it’s extremely important to note that Ryan is still the head coach of the New York Jets.  That has not changed.  The entire situation regarding this scenario rests on the fact that his teams’ 1-3 will lead to another losing season and most likely result in his firing.  At that point he will become a free agent.  Since it’s unlikely he’d receive another head coaching job right away, becoming a defensive coordinator is the obvious direction to go.

That is a job Ryan has done well for many years in the past.  He’s one of the most respected defensive minds in the NFL, which likely means teams will put up a lot of money to get him.  That is the first key for Chicago.  They can’t afford to play it cheap with a guy like Ryan.

One thing the Bears would likely have going for them is the stipulation that he would have complete autonomy over the defense with little interference from head coach Marc Trestman.  It makes perfect sense from that angle and also is good for the Bears since Ryan has head coaching experience and has proven he doesn’t need somebody looking over his shoulder to ensure the success of his units.

What His Hiring Will Mean

The next thing to consider is what exactly Ryan himself will bring to the Bears.  There are two perspectives to take in that line of questioning:  personality and scheme.  Anybody who has watched Rex over the years knows he has a flamboyant, outspoken way about himself.  He’s not as blunt and undiplomatic as his father Buddy was, but it’s clear his personality would be in stark contrast to head coach Marc Trestman.  Not that it would be a bad thing, just different.

Then there is the question of scheme.  This would be the most jarring change for Chicago because for decades the franchise has found great success running the classic 4-3 system, featuring four down linemen and three linebackers.  Ryan however is a proponent of the 3-4 with four linebackers to three down linemen.  They are two very different schemes and his hiring would almost certainly compel the Bears to make the switch.

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