Though John Harbaugh has proved to be a great coach for the Baltimore Ravens, Safety Ed Reed says that the players wanted the then defensive cooridinator, Rex Ryan, to become the head coach.
[Ryan was] like a dad, like a brother, man, We wanted Rex as the head coach in Baltimore. We did not want him to leave. It hurt when he left. We knew he was a great coach. There was a reason why that defense was the way it was. I would play anywhere with Rex — in a dark alley, on the street, in high school football, sandlot, anywhere — because he makes it fun. He loves this game. He truly loves this game and there’s a reason why those guys in New York back him the way they do. -Ed Reed to Ed Werder via Baltimore Sun
Ed Reed showed great respect towards Rex Ryan, a man who has been with the Baltimore Ravens organization since 1999. Rex was an influential member of the team and simply can not be replaced. With what he brings on and off the field, Ryan was hard to let go. Reed wasn’t the only person who wanted Ryan to stay. Many Ravens’ players were shocked to see him go. Rex Ryan himself was even surprised as he fully expected to become the head coach.
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