According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, there’s a rumor making the rounds in NFL circles that Rob Ryan could be hired as the Bears’ outside linebacker’s coach, replacing Brandon Staley.
The Bears have reportedly informed Staley that he will not be returning for the 2019 season.
Biggs notes that Ryan worked with new Bears DC Chuck Pagano while they were with the Raiders several years ago and also spent time with GM Ryan Pace while they were members of the Saints.
Ryan, 56, began his NFL coaching career with the Patriots back in 2000 as their linebackers coach. Since then, he’s worked for a number of teams including the Raiders, Browns, Cowboys, and Saints as their defensive coordinators.
After being fired by the Saints in 2015, Ryan joined his brother’s coaching staff with the Bills as their assistant head coach/defense. However, Buffalo elected to fire both Rex and Rob after the 2016 season and he’s sat out the past two years.
We’ll have more regarding the Bears and Ryan as the news is available.