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Report: Ryan rejected Rams' coordinator job

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Rob Ryan decided to pull out of the St. Louis Rams' search for a defensive coordinator after it appeared he would accept the job because he was uncomfortable working with a 4-3 scheme and assistants he didn't hire, according to a report.

Ryan visited the Rams last weekend and there were indications that the Rams would announce this week that he would be joining the coaching staff.

"He wanted it to work, and I just think he realized over the weekend that it was not (for him)," a source told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Rob was torn."

The Rams announced Tuesday that the search was on again.

"After extensive discussions involving defensive philosophy, the Rams and Rob Ryan agreed that he was not the right fit for the defensive coordinator position," the team said in a statement.

The Rams used assistants-by-committee last season to serve as defensive coordinator while Gregg Williams served a one-year suspension for his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal. Williams has since left the Rams.

Ryan was uncomfortable inheriting the Rams' defensive staff and not being able to hire assistants he had worked with previously, according to the Post-Dispatch. The 50-year-old Ryan was fired as Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator earlier this month.

With Ryan out of the picture, the Rams might be looking at former Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron, the Post-Dispatch reported.
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