The coaching news is coming in fast and furious on Tuesday evening. Just after reports surfaced that Detroit Lions quarterbacks coach George Godsey will not return and, instead, will join the Miami Dolphins staff, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has the scoop on his replacement.
According to Rapoport, the Lions will be hiring Texans quarterback coach Sean Ryan. Ryan has been coaching in the NFL for the past 12 years now. Here’s a look at his journey in the big leagues.
2007-09: Giants offensive quality control coach
2010-11: Giants WR coach
2012-13: Giants QB coach
2014-15: Giants WR coach
2016: Texans WR coach
2017-18: Texans QB coach
As you can see, Ryan has had a long history of working with wide receivers and quarterbacks. His most recent success is likely the development of Deshaun Watson with the Texans over the past two years. In his first two years in the league, Watson has completed 66.4 percent of his passes for an impressive 8.3 yards per attempt and a solid 103.1 passer rating.
Though Ryan doesn’t have any direct experience working alongside Matt Patricia or his new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, he has worked under Bill O’Brien—who comes from that Bill Belichick tree.
That takes care of one Lions coaching vacancy. We’ll see if the Lions make quick work of their running backs coach hire, now that David Walker has retired.
UPDATE: The Lions confirmed the hire on Tuesday evening:
#Lions hire Sean Ryan as quarterbacks coach: https://t.co/gp2qX7IZmC pic.twitter.com/eIc2QPggRY— Detroit Lions (@Lions) January 30, 2019