The New York Giants are moving at a rapid pace now, compiling Brian Daboll’s coaching staff one piece at a time.
Under Daboll will be coordinators Mike Kafka, Don “Wink” Martindale and Thomas McGaughey. From there, the staff will spread out like a spiderweb, including several returning assistants and several new ones.
But the Giants aren’t done just yet. There are still more assistant hires to make and with Martindale now in tow, a few names may be more interesting than others. Case in point: Rob Ryan, Bryan Cox and Drew Wilkins.
Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network reports that both Ryan and Cox are “expected” to join the Giants, while Wilkins is also garnering serious consideration.
Giants’ defensive staff under new defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale expected to include Rob Ryan and Bryan Cox, per league sources. Drew Wilkins, former Ravens outside linebackers coach, is also under consideration for Giants’ staff
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) February 8, 2022
Ryan, the son of Buddy Ryan and twin brother of Rex Ryan, is certainly the most interesting name of the bunch. His coaching career dates back to 1987 with his most recent role coming as inside linebackers coach of the Baltimore Ravens under the aforementioned Martindale.
Prior to his season with the Ravens, Ryan spent a year with the Washington Football Team in 2019 but has otherwise been away from the game since 2016.
In addition to Washington and Baltimore, Ryan has also spent time with the Arizona Cardinals (1994-1995), New England Patriots (2000-2003), Oakland Raiders (2004-2008), Cleveland Browns (2009-2010), Dallas Cowboys (2011-2012), New Orleans Saints (2013-2015) and Buffalo Bills (2016). In most of those roles, Ryan served as defensive coordinator.
Cox, who was a quality player before he turned to coaching, has been out of the league since 2017. He coached the Atlanta Falcons’ defensive line from 2014-2016 and spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dolphins, Browns and New York Jets prior to that.
Wilkins, meanwhile, spent the past 12 seasons with the Ravens, most recently serving as their outside linebackers coach. He was informed last week that he would not be retained in Baltimore.