Redskins hire Rob Ryan as inside linebackers coach

Chris Lingebach
January 30, 2019 - 1:23 pm
Redskins hire Rob Ryan as inside linebackers coach

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The Redskins have found a replacement for Kirk Olivadotti, announcing Rob Ryan as their new inside linebackers coach.

Ryan, 56, brings 19 years of NFL experience to the job, most recently serving as Assistant Head Coach/Defense for the Bills in 2016, under his brother, then-head coach Rex Ryan. Prior to his time in Buffalo, Ryan served as defensive coordinator for the Saints for three seasons (2013-15) and the Cowboys for two (2011-12). He held the same role with the Browns (2009-10) and Raiders (2004-08).

Ryan last held the position of linebackers coach for the Patriots from 2000 to 2003.

This move caps a wave of coaching staff changes for the Redskins, who on Tuesday announced the promotion of Kevin O'Connell to offensive coordinator. The Redskins also announced that Jim Tomsula will be returning for his third season as defensive line coach. Matt Cavanaugh, offensive coordinator the past two seasons, has since been named Senior Offensive Assistant.

After finishing 7-9 in 2018, Jay Gruden's staff has seen the departures of Olivadotti, special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica, tight ends coach Wes Phillips, and defensive backs coach Torrian Gray.

Last week the Redskins added Nate Kaczor (special teams coordinator), Ray Horton (defensive backs) and Brian Angelichio (tight ends)

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