Rob Ryan was hired by the Rams to be their defensive coordinator. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
The St. Louis Rams have hired Rob Ryan to be their defensive coordinator, ESPN.com's Adam Schefter reported Thursday. Ryan previously held the same position with the Dallas Cowboys and was fired on Jan. 8 after a lackluster 8-8 season.
Last season, the Rams' defense was coached by a handful of assistants after defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was suspended by the NFL for his role in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal.
After he was fired, a nonchalant Ryan said he would be out of work for "like five minutes."
Ryan, the brother of New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan and son of former NFL coach Buddy Ryan, started as an NFL assistant in 1994 with the Arizona Cardinals.
The Cowboys missed the playoffs both seasons Ryan was in Dallas. The Cowboys ranked 14th in yards allowed in 2011 and 2012. This year's team finished 23rd in points allowed. It gave up 31 points a game in the team’s final two games, when the Cowboys were fighting for a playoff berth.