Nover: Ryan Brothers Overrated Coaches

Twin brothers Rex and Rob Ryan have two of the most colorful personalities in the NFL. They also could be the two most overrated coaches.

Rex Ryan failed to earn a playoff berth with the New York Jets during the last four years when he was head coach. The Jets sure look like a playoff contender this season under Todd Bowles. The Jets are 4-1 giving up the fewest points and yards per game in the league.

Rob Ryan may be the worst defensive coordinator in the league. His New Orleans Saints are surrendering the most yards per game in the NFL and the fifth-most points.

Rob Ryan has been a defensive coordinator for 11 seasons coaching at Oakland, Cleveland and Dallas before landing in New Orleans. In five of those 11 seasons, his defenses finished 26th or worse. Only twice during this time has his defense finished above the league average.


Showmanship, bluster and energy are fun to watch, but they don’t win games. Buffalo is worse with Rex Ryan than they were under Doug Marrone.

The Bills led the NFL in sack percentage last season. This year they are tied for 29th with Indianapolis. Rex Ryan brought his schemes and tactics to Buffalo rather than adopt to the outstanding talent at hand.

The Bills’ personnel fits much better to a standard 4-3 defense, which they ran last year to great success. Rex Ryan has changed it to a 3-4. The players aren’t comfortable, nor happy, in that system.

The Bills have been torched by Tom Brady, Eli Manning and Andy Dalton to the tune of a combined 921 yards, nine touchdowns with just one interception and a 105.1 passer rating. These quarterbacks could get into their natural rhythm because they weren’t bothered by a pass rush.


Then there is the undisciplined factor with Rex Ryan. No team has been penalized more than the Bills – and it’s not close. The Bills are averaging a staggering 97.2 yards in penalties per game. The second-most penalized team is Tampa Bay at 78.2 yards.

Buffalo’s problem on defense isn’t talent, but coaching.

The Bills will be in London this week, where they’ll take on the Jacksonville Jaguars as a 4-point favorite at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. The Saints are 4-point underdogs against the Colts in Indianapolis for Sunday.


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