Rex Ryan

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Rex Ryan

Coach Rex Ryan

Job TitleAsst. Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator

Joined Ravens1999

Years with Ravens9 years

Years In NFL12 years

Years Coaching22 years

CollegeSW Oklahoma State

High SchoolStevenson (IL)


HometownArdmore, Oklahoma

Rex Ryan Biography

  • Biography

Rex Ryan was retained by the Ravens as defensive coordinator on January 28, 2008.  He was also named assistant head coach on John Harbaugh's staff.

Rex Ryan entered his 9th year with the Ravens holding a new 2-year contract after directing the NFL's No. 1-ranked defense and earning 2006 NFL Assistant Coach of the Year honors from Pro Football Weekly and The Pro Football Writers Association...This marks Ryan's 3rd year as Baltimore's defensive coordinator...Rex is the only remaining Ravens' assistant coach from the 2000 Super Bowl XXXV season's superb defense...He spent 6 seasons as the Ravens' highly-successful defensive line coach and owns a distinctive NFL bloodline when it comes to coaching defenses...The Ryan family is a "who's who"  trifecta that has coached in 6 Super Bowls with 5 different NFL teams*...Rex's father is the legendary Buddy Ryan; his twin brother is Rob Ryan, the defensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders.

OVERVIEW: Replaced Mike Nolan (49ers head coach) as the defensive coordinator in 2005...Ryan has long been a major contributor to the NFL's No. 1-ranked defense in 2006 and prior Ravens defenses dating back to 1999, when he joined the team...Ryan's groups have all been near the top of the NFL and noted for steady improvement, including the record-setting Super Bowl year in 2000...Baltimore finished 1st against the run and 2nd in the NFL in overall defense that season...The Ravens' defense did not permit a 100-yard rusher in 50-straight games, including the playoffs (from game 16 in '98 to game 14 in '01)...On their way to Super Bowl XXXV, Rex coached an impressive veteran D-Line: DEs Michael McCrary, Rob Burnett, and DTs Tony Siragusa and Sam Adams, all of whom enjoyed their best years under Ryan...Launched pro career in 1994 with the Cardinals as the DL coach under his father, Buddy...Rex returned to college ranks for 3 years before Brian Billick asked Ryan to come to Baltimore.

1999-2006: (with Baltimore) 2006: The Ravens' No. 1 defense again was dominant, and ranked 1st in points allowed (201, including just 64 [9.1 per game] in the final 7 games; 26 teams allowed 300 or more points for the season); 1st in total defense (264.1 yards); 1st inside the 20 (33.3% TDs allowed); fewest 3rd downs converted (28.8%) and fewest 1st downs permitted (236); 1st in takeaway/giveaway ratio (+17), 2nd in takeaways (40 to Chicago's 44); 1st in INTs (28, including 5 for TDs); and 2nd in sacks (60 to San Diego's 61), and 1st in the NFL in sacks per play...Always seeking out the ball, 6 defensive TDs were scored (5 INTs, 1 FR) by 5 different players...Six defensive players earned Pro Bowl nods: LB Ray Lewis (led team in tackles with 164 for the 9th time in his career; suffered a hand injury that caused various rotations by LBs-Bart Scott, Mike Smith and Jarret Johnson); CB Chris McAlister (posted a team-high 6 INTs, including 2 returned for TDs); Ed Reed, the NFL's top play-making safety, leads the Ravens with a career- and franchise- best 27 INTs...Both Reed and rookie Dawan Landry tied for 2nd on the team with most INTs (5) in ‘06; LB Terrell Suggs and Scott (9.5) tied for 3rd on the team in sacks behind DT Trevor Pryce (13) and LB Adalius Thomas (11)...Against Oakland (9/17), Thomas marked the 1st time in franchise history that a player had collected 1 sack, 1 INT and 1 safety in a single game...Bart earned his 1st-career Pro Bowl, as well as numerous honors, after finishing 2nd on the team with 135 tackles and 9.5 sacks.

2005: Overall, the defense finished 2nd in the AFC and 5th in the NFL and allowed just 284.7 yards per contest...Lewis (thigh surgery) missed 10 games after starting the 1st 6...Reed missed 6 games (ankle) and Will Demps was held out 5 games (knee)...McAlister led the team with 20 PD, missing 2 games (hamstring and shoulder)...Against the rush, Baltimore ranked 6th in the AFC and 9th in the NFL...Scott started the 1st 10 games of his career, finishing 2nd on the team with 119 tackles and 4 sacks...Despite being double-and sometimes triple-teamed, Suggs posted 86 tackles, finished 2nd on the team with 8 sacks and tied a career-high with 6 FFs...Thomas posted a then-career high 9 sacks...Adalius was voted team MVP by Baltimore media...LB Peter Boulware remained the Ravens' sack king, reaching 70 for his career and hitting the 500-tackle milestone...Baltimore allowed the 4th-fewest 1st downs in the AFC (17.7 per game)...The defense's best effort came againt the Jets (10/2), giving up only 152 yards on 48 attempts...Opponents starting RBs were held to under 100 yards 12 times and under 65 yards 8 times...Ravens defense finished 3rd in the AFC in 3rd-down efficiency allowing opponents to convert on just 36.1% of their opportunities...Baltimore allowed 4.56 yards per play, closing the year behind the Steelers (4.55), ranking 2nd in the AFC and 3rd in the NFL...Against the pass, Baltimore ranked 4th in the AFC and 8th in the NFL...The 5.63 yards allowed per pass play was tops in the AFC and 2nd in the NFL.

2004: Baltimore's defense allowed the 6th-fewest points in the NFL and ranked 6th in defense (total yards)...Was 1st in the AFC and 2nd in the NFL with 3.6 yards allowed per rush...Defensively, the Ravens scored 7 TDs (5 INTs and 2 FRs), including 1 by DE Jarret Johnson, who scored the 1st TD of his career vs. Miami (1/2/05)...DE Marques Douglas ranked 3rd on the team with 92 tackles, plus 5.5 sacks, 2 PD and 1 FF...NT Kelly Gregg (1.5 sacks, 2 PD, 1 FF, 1 FR) tied with Reed for 4th on the team with 89 tackles...Suggs produced 10.5 sacks and earned his 1st Pro Bowl...DE Anthony Weaver recorded 61 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 INT (1st of his career in Game 16), 5 PD and 1 FR...Ravens-"D" was 1st in the AFC and 2nd in the NFL in opponent QB rating (68.0), and 1st in the NFL in the number of 3-and-outs (59 – NFL average was 43).

2003: Ravens defense was among the NFL's best, finishing 3rd  (4th vs. rush and 6th vs. pass)...Led the NFL in sacks (47) and tied for 1st in the AFC and 2nd in the NFL with 41 take-aways...Ravens ranked 1st in the AFC with 17 FR...Allowed the fewest yards per play (4.2) and the 4th-fewest passing yards (175.3 per game) in the NFL...Suggs had a Ravens' rookie-record 12 sacks as a 3rd-down DE and earned NFL-Defensive Rookie of the Year honors...Gregg had the most tackles (104) in the NFL for a DL.

2002: Defense held opponents to AFC-best 3.7 yards per carry...Linemen averaged 2 years of experience and 24 years of age...Then-rookie Weaver proved to be a new fixture on the line (65 tackles, 3.5 sacks)...A.D. logged 68 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 FR and 2 INTs, including 1 for a TD...Despite being double-and-triple-teamed, sometime-DE Peter Boulware was voted to the Pro Bowl as a LB (his 3rd) and produced a team-high 7 sacks.

2001:Finished 2nd in the NFL in defense, 4th against the run...Defense finished in the NFL's top 4 in several important categories, including 1st in total yards allowed per play (4.4), 2nd in total yards allowed per game (277.9), and 3rd in rushing average allowed per play (3.4)...Was 4th in the NFL in fewest points allowed with 265...Record-setting defense did not permit a 100-yard rusher in 50 straight games, including the playoffs.

2000:Finished 1st against the run, 2nd in the NFL in defense...Set 16-game NFL-record by allowing only 970 yards rushing and 2.68 yards per rushing attempt...Defense gave up the fewest points (165) in NFL history in a 16-game season...Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV with an impressive lineup: DEs McCrary, Burnett and DTs Siragusa and Adams. 1999: Joined Brian Billick's staff...Ravens were 2nd in the NFL in overall defense, 2nd against the rush.

1998: (with Oklahoma) Defensive coordinator...Ranked 6th in nation in total defense.

1996-97: (with U. of Cincinnati) Spent 2 seasons as defensive coordinator. 1997: Team finished 8-4...UC won (12/29) the Humanitarian Bowl vs. Utah State, 35-19...Was the 1st Bearcats' bowl appearance in 50 years...Defense ranked 5th vs. the rush...Held opponents to 930 rushing yards. 1996: Team posted a 6-5 record and ranked 13th in overall defense in the nation.

1994-95: (with Arizona Cardinals) Spent 2 seasons coaching under his father, then-head coach Buddy Ryan. 1995: Coached the LBs.

1994: Rex coached the D-Line...Cardinals ranked in the NFL's top 5 in every major defensive statistical category, including 3rd in overall defense.

1990-93: (with Morehead State) Named defensive coordinator...Eagles defense ranked among the highest in the nation during Ryan's tenure.

1989: (with New Mexico Highlands) Assistant head coach and defensive coordinator.

1987-88: (with Eastern Kentucky) Launched collegiate coaching career as DE coach...Colonels shared the Ohio Valley Conference title in 1987 with Youngstown State, each posted a 5-1 record...Eastern Kentucky won the title outright in 1988...Colonels were Division I-AA quarterfinalists in 1987 and I-AA semifinalists in 1988.

COLLEGE: Played at Southwestern Oklahoma State...Earned both a bachelor of science and master's degree (1988) in physical education from Eastern Kentucky.

PERSONAL: Attended Stevenson (Prairie View, IL) HS...Ryan is on the Maryland Special Olympics honorary board of directors and regularly volunteers to help this important group... Participated in Maryland State Police's Polar Bear Plunge last 2 years (2006-07)...Ryan and his foursome of Ravens coaches, including Rex, Mike Pettine, Mark Carrier and Vic Fangio, won 2 trophies and the main event at The Chris McAlister Foundation's golf tournament last May...Rex and wife Michelle have 2 sons: Payton (15) and Seth (13)...The Ryans live in Ellicott City, MD.

COACHING BACKGROUND: 1987-88 (Eastern Kentucky); 1989 (New Mexico Highlands); 1990-93 (Morehead State); 1994-95 (Arizona Cardinals); 1996-97 (University of Cincinnati); 1998 (Oklahoma); 1999-2007 (Baltimore Ravens)

*Ryan Family's 6 Super Bowls: Buddy: 1968 (NY-Jets), 1976 (Vikings), 1985 (Bears); Rex: 2000 (Ravens); Rob: 2001, 2003 (Patriots)

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