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  • Born: December 13, 1962, Ardmore, OK
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  • Rex Ryan  

    Rex Ryan is in his third year coaching the Ravens� defensive line. The Ravens� record-setting defense has not permitted a 100-yard rusher in 33 games (37 including the playoffs), the longest streak since the 1993-95 Chargers had a string of 34 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher. The longest such streak prior to the Chargers streak was 53 consecutive games by the Eagles from 1989 to 1992. Last season, Sam Adams earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl and the Ravens set a 16-game NFL record by allowing only 970 yards rushing and 2.68 yards per rushing attempt.

    Rex joined Brian Billick�s staff in 1999 after spending the 1998 season as Oklahoma�s defensive coordinator. Rex coached the Sooners defense after spending two seasons as defensive coordinator at the University of Cincinnati. He has used the �46� defense, created by his father, Buddy, throughout his coaching career. Oklahoma�s defense ranked sixth in the nation in total defense. While at Cincinnati (1996-97), the defense ranked 5th and 13th in his two seasons.

    �Rex is an extremely enthusiastic coach with NFL experience,� said Brian Billick. �He�s considered one of the best young defensive minds in the game today.�

    Ryan spent two seasons (1994 and �95) with the Arizona Cardinals, his first season coaching the defensive line and his second, the linebackers. In 1994, the Cardinals ranked in the NFL�s top five in every defensive statistical category, including third in overall defense.

    Before joining the NFL, Ryan was defensive coordinator at Morehead (KY) State from 1990-93. In 1989, Rex was assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at New Mexico Highlands. He started his collegiate coaching career as defensive ends coach at Eastern Kentucky in 1987.

    Ryan played collegiately at Southwestern Oklahoma State. He received a master�s degree from Eastern Kentucky in 1988. Ryan attended Stevenson High School in Prairie View, IL. His brother, Rob, is linebackers coach in New England under Bill Belichick. Rex and his wife, Michelle, have two sons: Payton (8) and Seth (7). The Ryans live in Ellicott City, MD.

    Coaching Background: 1987-88 (Eastern Kentucky University); 1989 (New Mexico Highlands College); 1990-93 (Morehead (Ky.) State University); 1994-95 (Arizona Cardinals); 1996-97 (University of Cincinnati); 1998 (University of Oklahoma); 1999-2001 (Baltimore Ravens).

    Last updated on 8/22/01.

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