In a move the Washington Redskins should appreciate but won’t, the Baltimore Ravens will announce later today that Rex Ryan will return to the team as assistant head coach/defensive coordinator. The move is the last piece of the coaching puzzle designed to invigorate a long-struggling offense, and maintain the nucleus of a solid defense.
The Ravens had long maintained that Ryan was their guy, although they did publicly champion his cause to other teams, notably the Atlanta Falcons. But after hiring Cam Cameron as the new offensive coordinator, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti talked to Rex on a daily basis through media reports, and it was clear they wanted to move forward with him, despite firing him along with Brian Billick and the rest of the staff.
I originally questioned the move to bring in John Harbaugh as a head coach, but its becoming clear what the strategy might be for the Ravens. Put quality guys at the coordinator positions, bring in a young guy that can be a player’s coach and motivate, and let the good times roll. Credit to Bisciotti, GM Ozzie Newsome, and the front office for reeling in quite a paper tiger.
Here’s hoping it roars in 2008.