UPDATE: Got some more info on Sean Ryan, this one from Brett Kollmann, who writes for Battle Red Blog and whose work you’ve seen on some of the “Film Room” YouTube segments that we’ve featured here before. Here’s what he had to say about him.
Ryan is indeed an up and comer. He cut his teeth in the NFL in a similar way to Bill O’Brien, starting as a quality control coach under Tom Coughlin in New York before moving on to coach wide receivers and quarterbacks for both the Giants and Texans. He’s very, very familiar with the scheme that O’Brien (and the Patriots) run, which is a modified version of the Erhardt-Perkins system. Ironically, Bill Belichick first started learning and adopting that system when he was with the Giants back in the day.
With his experience coaching pretty much every offensive skill position, and having opportunities to learn from some truly excellent coaches above him (most notably Coughlin), I think Ryan is ready for that next step as an offensive coordinator. It’s bound to happen either this year or next year anyway, so the Vikings might as well get him while he’s still available.
Honestly, I think it beats the heck out of bringing back Darrell Bevell, but that’s just my opinion. I could be wrong.
Original story follows.
Yet another name has emerged in the Minnesota Vikings’ search to replace Pat Shurmur as their Offensive Coordinator.
Close, personal friend of The Daily Norseman™ Tom Pelissero is reporting that the Vikings will be interviewing Houston Texans’ quarterback coach Sean Ryan as a part of their search. He will interview with the team on Monday.
Ryan, much like current Vikings’ quarterback coach Kevin Stefanski, has coached different positions on the offensive side of the ball. He was with the New York Giants from 2007 to 2015, and while he was there coached both quarterbacks and wide receivers, as well as serving as a quality control coach. He then joined Bill O’Brien’s staff in Houston, and coached their wide receivers in 2016 before becoming the quarterbacks coach this year. He interviewed with the Cleveland Browns for their Offensive Coordinator position, but they chose to go with former Steelers’ Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley.
I have reached out to a couple of our friends at our Texans site, Battle Red Blog. While I’m still waiting to hear more, the early responses I’ve gotten from them is that Ryan is definitely viewed as an up-and-coming coach. The feeling from them is that O’Brien will either have to promote him to Offensive Coordinator on his own staff (thereby giving up play calling duties, which O’Brien seems hesitant to do) or eventually lose him. The one knock on him is that he’s never called plays, but there are plenty of guys that were in that same boat before being named an Offensive Coordinator.
When I hear more back from the BTB folks, I will add it to this post.
That makes three people that the Vikings have officially been said to be interviewing for the position, as Ryan joins Stefanski and former Vikings’ OC Darrell Bevell. Again, no time frame has been given for when the team wants to have somebody new in place by, or how the quarterback situation will play a role in any potential decision along that front.