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.