Last January, Rob Ryan appeared to be headed to St. Louis to take on the job of defensive coordinator. According to press accounts at the time, it was essentially a done deal until, abruptly, it wasn’t. The quick change caught the public off guard. Immediately, there were mummers of disagreements of defensive philosophy between Ryan and head coach Jeff Fisher that kept Ryan from officially joining the team
Until now, there hasn’t been a full account of what happened, but with Rob Ryan’s Saints visiting the Rams today, Mike Silver delivered this report:
According to Silver’s account, Ryan entered Fisher’s office at 7:30 a.m., dropped his keys on the desk and told the coach he wanted out. Meanwhile, Fisher’s other assistants were in a staff meeting with a window that looked out on the parking lot.
The Rams’ coaches watched Ryan leave the building and head across the street to a McDonald’s. Ryan “goes to get a Big Mac and never comes back,” Silver said.
Some in St. Louis are convinced Ryan had a wink-nod deal from Sean Payton to come to New Orleans, according to Silver.
I don’t have an exact timeline of events, but I bet there was at least one strip club visit between the McDonald’s and his arrival at Saints headquarters. Just to make it the perfect Rob Ryan story.