Some people are never happy...
But the person you responded to is 100% correct. It was Payton who recognized that the players on defense, especially our best defender Jordan, were more suited to play in a 3-4. They were looking for any 3-4 defensive guy, Ryan was just lucky enough to land the job.
I said before the hire that it didn't matter who got the job, the most important thing was switching to a 3-4. The switch was the biggest key, not the coach. Just moving to a 3-4 was going to be a huge upgrade because of the personnel we had. I like Ryan because his personality fits the team and the city, but I'm actually kind of annoyed that Ryan is getting more praise than the players.
Something else needs to be pointed out. They are actually playing a lot of 4-3 the first 3 games. The biggest difference is that they got guys like Harper, Smith, Vilma, and Shanle off the field, and guys like Hicks and Junior are getting more snaps now. This makes me think that Spags got too much crap for last year. I don't think it was his decision to keep those guys on the field. We had no head coach with confidence to sit those vets.
This post was edited on 9/24 at 10:22 pm