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Rams won't hire Rob Ryan

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Rob Ryan and the St. Louis Rams weren't a match after all.

Ryan, fired at the end of the 2012 season after two years as defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys, had reportedly agreed to terms of a deal last week. But the Rams released a statement via Twitter on Tuesday that they're still looking.

"After extensive conversations regarding defensive philosophy, the Rams and Rob Ryan agreed he was not the right fit for the DC position," the team posted. "

The Rams will continue the interview process with the club's other candidates for the defensive coordinator position."

Two possible candidates on the open market are former Bears head coach Lovie Smith, who prior to his nine-year stint in Chicago was Rams defensive coordinator; and fired Kansas City Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel, a top candidate to be defensive coordinator in New Orleans. The Saints are trying to replace former Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo and their next coordinator will be their third in as many seasons.

Smith said last week he intends to take the 2013 season off, but he'll still be making about $5 million owed for the final year of his terminated contract in Chicago. Smith interviewed for head coach positions with the Eagles, Bills and Chargers.
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