Raiders finally fill def. coord. job

Updated: February 11, 2004, 12:18 PM ET
Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Rob Ryan, who has coached in two of the last three Super Bowls, was hired Tuesday as the Oakland Raiders' defensive coordinator.

Ryan has spent the past four seasons as linebackers coach for the New England Patriots.

Ryan is the third coach added to the Raiders' staff in recent months. Norv Turner replaced Bill Callahan as head coach on Jan. 26. Joe Avezzano, who worked with Turner in Dallas, was hired as special teams coach last week.

Ryan, 41, is the son of former NFL head coach and legendary defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan. He is a five-year veteran, having worked two seasons in Arizona (1994-95) on his father's staff with the Cardinals, before joining the Patriots in 2000. He also has an extensive college coaching resume.

Last year, Ryan's coaching helped the Patriots allow the fewest points in the NFL.

Len Pasquarelli, a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com, contributed to this report.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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