Jack Del Rio barely had been fired in Jacksonville before Rob Ryan's name was being brought up as a possible replacement. The Jaguars' opening is expected to be the first of many head coaching positions that will be open this off-season, and Ryan is one of the hottest names out there.
"My mind’s definitely focused on the task at hand," Ryan said. "That’s the only thing we’re here to do is to try to win championships. That’s what we’re going to do. About the speculation, I mean, shoot, I’ve speculated my whole life. It’s no big deal. Those opportunities come when you work hard and take care of the job you have. That’s what I am trying to do and our players are doing a good job, and we’re really coming on."
Ryan's brother, Rex, is 26-17 in three seasons as the head coach of the Jets. The Jets have played in the past two AFC Championship Games. Rex's success has made Rob reconsider his future and whether his dream job is as a head coach in the NFL.
"It never used to be a big deal for me," Rob said of becoming a head coach. "But watching my twin brother have all the success he’s had and two championship [games] in two years, that’s exciting. That’s probably piqued my interest more. Do I think I have the talent enough to do that job? Absolutely."
Rob said he doesn't need a sales pitch.
"I don’t have to do that," he said. "I’m sure there’s others out there doing it for me."
The Cowboys' success could have them searching for a new defensive coordinator. It would be the team's fourth in three seasons, after Wade Phillips was replaced by Paul Pasqualoni at mid-season last year. The Cowboys hired Ryan in January.
"I wanted to go to a place and win," Ryan said. "This is the team that I chose. This is the team that I wanted. And I know that it seems selfish and arrogant, but you know, actually, I did have a lot of opportunities. I chose this one. This is the team I wanted to be at, and I love this team. And I love the players on the team and the direction fo the team by Jason [Garrett]. I’ve learned so much from him. It’s been great."
-- Charean Williams