Coach Ryan was very careful in his press conference not to be critical of former offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, stating that he did do a “tremendous” job. He did however, acknowledge how things changed last year.
“Last year, it wasn’t as good,” Ryan said. “I never thought we found a rhythm, especially earlier in the season, running the football. I think for us to be successful as a team, we have to be able to run the football. Sometimes is it going to be tough sledding? Absolutely. But that has to be who we are. It’s just kind of like us blitzing on defense, that’s who we are. Part of our identity is going to be to run the football and that’s going to open up our playaction game, going to open up our guys on the outside and that’s what we want to do.”
From all accounts, it sounds like they are “all in” with Sparano. Hopefully, it will turn into production on the field.