- Mike Sando, NFL Insider
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The answer: not as high as I would have anticipated.
The chart shows where Ryan's defenses in Oakland (2004-2008), Cleveland (2009-2010) and Dallas (2011-2012) ranked in the NFL over his full tenures with those teams.
Rankings in any one season could have been higher or lower. These rankings take a longer-range view. The final column shows where the Rams ranked in 2012 without anyone holding the title of defensive coordinator.
Every situations was different. Producing a No. 25 ranking with lesser personnel might be more impressive than producing a No. 15 ranking with more talented personnel. Injuries played a significant role in the Cowboys' defensive struggles this season.
I'll take a closer look if the Rams hire Ryan. For now, though, the position remains open in St. Louis.
Rob Ryan NFL Rankings as Defensive Coordinator vs. 2012 Rams Rankings
Rob Ryan's interview with the St. Louis Rams regarding their vacant defensive-coordinator position invites a look into where his defenses have ranked over the years.