What The Ryan Brothers Could Learn From The Harbaugh Brothers

Bull City, Football — By on January 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm


When the NFL speaks of brothers as coaches, no one gets more media hype than Rex and Rob Ryan. The Ryan brothers, who are descendants of the great Buddy Ryan, are the most vocal and borderline obnoxious group of coaches in the league. All they do is talk about success and make guarantees and, quite frankly, they never live up to expectation. Granted, Rex had a good run for the past two years, but he really didn’t do much until the playoffs hit.

Since being hired in Dallas, Rex’s brother Rob hasn’t done much either. The Dallas defense has found a way to lose fourth quarter leads almost all year long. That is something that in the history of the franchise hasn’t happened all that much, but it’s been the norm this season. The Cowboys can’t stop anyone and they seem to find a way to give up the ghost when it matters the most.

The Ryan brothers could learn a lot from the Harbaugh brothers. John Harbaugh has been in the NFL for a few years now. and you never hear of him making a lot of strange guarantees and making himself the show. I guess it explains why the Ravens chose John over Rex to run the franchise. Success is measured by what you do, not what you say, and Harbaugh has found a way to make his team relevant each and every season he has been at the helm.

John’s brother, Jim, came into the NFL this year and took the league by storm. He has revamped the San Francisco 49ers and made them relevant again. He has revitalized the career of Alex Smith and turned him into an above-average, efficient quarterback. He has also done it while not making a mere peep, unless you account for the hand shaking incident between him and Jim Schwartz.

The Ryan brothers and Harbaugh brothers are pioneers in the fact that they are brothers coaching on the main stage. Someday, Rob Ryan will get his chance to lead, and I hope he has learned from some of his brother’s antics and makes it about the team and production. The Harbaugh brothers have it figured out as they live by the old adage “Don’t talk about; be about it.” When the Ryan brothers get that part down, the sky is the limit, because there is no questioning their football I.Q. You just have to pick your poison. Don’t give teams more ammunition than they need. Kill them softly and brush them out of the way.

Like my grandfather always used to say: “If you have to tell them what you will do to them, you probably can’t do it, because if you could, you wouldn’t have to tell them. They would already know it.”

Stay Breezy ~ I’m Out!

Joe Simmons

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    5 Comments

  • India says:

    The Ryan brothers are a joke. They are just full of hot air. The reason everyone hates them is that they always have stupid comments to make but they never seem to be able to back them up.

    You were right when you said they need to do something to get some respect. People don’t like talkers. Talkers usually don’t do much when it’s time to be great any ways. They are just front runners. Maybe the NFL will tell them to tone it down some or save it for shows like Hard Knocks.

    • What’s happened with Rex and Rob Ryan tells me that they are an awesome counter-voice to have in the locker room, but unless you have other strong leadership in that locker room from coaches and players….then their voices can wear thin. It’ll be interesting to see if Rex and Rob move around, because I’d love to have them on my squad.

  • Ridley says:

    Rex Ryan and Rob Ryan will both be better served to coach in different cities, just not in the one they’re in now.

  • Joe Simmons says:

    Rex and Rob can wear you thin. Its fun to watch but at times it gets to be too much. I enjoyed it when Rex came into coaching but he played physical smashmouth football to back it up. Once they abandoned that it just became talk. Rob Ryan’s fate is a little suspect. I do have to say that he has been dealt a bad hand in Dallas. They were in position to make plays but didn’t at times. But they seemed to line up wrong on plays more than any team I have ever watched.
    In my opinion Rob isn’t a good teacher. All he does is yell and they didn’t get any better the whole year.

  • Vinny Hardy says:

    Eventually you’re not able to cash the checks your mouth writes. The noise just becomes noisier, the voices just wear thinner and you keep embarrassing yourself. They need to let their game speak. Unfortunately, their game was the quietest thing about them and all they have this year is missed playoff appearances to show for it this year.

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