Sean Ryan, Lions QBs Coach:
This season has been Sean Ryan’s first as the quarterbacks coach in Detroit, and he has already helped the team elevate their passing game.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been playing at an elite level this year while putting up one of the best seasons of his 11-year career. This season, Stafford is on pace to throw for more yards and touchdowns than he has since 2011. Stafford’s current passer rating of 106.0 would be the highest of his career, and the 10 interceptions he’s on pace for would be tied for a career-low in seasons he’s played all 16 games.
Ryan’s success with Stafford hasn’t been a flash in the pan, either. Before taking over as the quarterback’s coach in Detroit, Ryan had served in the same role for the Houston Texans for two seasons.
In Houston, Ryan worked with quarterback Deshaun Watson his rookie season. That year, Watson put together one of the most impressive rookie campaigns in NFL history. Before tearing his ACL in practice, Watson was on pace to break the rookie record for passing touchdowns in just 10 weeks. Ryan worked with Watson once he came back from injury as well, and helped the quarterback into a Pro Bowl birth.
Much like Mike Kafka of the Chiefs, having Sean Ryan at offensive coordinator would be a huge benefit for the Titans if they choose to draft a quarterback this offseason. Not only has Ryan proven that he can bring out the most in veteran quarterbacks this season with Stafford, but he has also shown that he can help develop rookie quarterbacks from his time in Houston.
Hiring Sean Ryan at OC would help establish and develop whoever the team’s next quarterback might be and would set the offense up in a good place for years to come.