Flashback: PG and Readers React to Jon Ryan’s Dismissal

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As I’ve mentioned before, one of the cool features we get through WordPress is a glimpse at the search terms that have brought readers to our site.  (This Internet thing is cool.   I think it’s really going to take off.)  Yesterday, several readers searched “Packergeeks and Jon Ryan,” presumably trying to see what we wrote in real-time about the switch from Ryan to Derrick Frost.  So I went back and looked at it and the many reader — and fellow blogger — comments about the move.  Pretty interesting.  You can see it here.

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5 Responses to “Flashback: PG and Readers React to Jon Ryan’s Dismissal”

  1. Aaron Says:

    For the record, I still like the idea of getting rid of Ryan – my error was believing that Thompson would never bring in someone incompetent. ;)

  2. sfhayes Says:

    Well, you were certainly not alone! Even if I liked Ryan, it had as much to do with his story as his performance. Your points about Ryan’s shanks and their timing were dead on.

  3. Ron La Canne Says:

    MM has given instructions to his new punter, Jermy Kapinos. “Kick it in the right direction”. Sounds like a not so veiled criticism of TT’s player selection prowess. At 6-1 and 230, he sounds like a Ryan clone.

    Ryan had his problems with consistency. But a more technically competent ST coach may have been the answer. With TT the solution to the problem is ALWAYS the player and never the coach.

  4. Cindy V Says:

    The fact that Jon ryan wanted to go to Arizona to get some help, indicated that he was aware of his shortcomings and wanted to correct them. Mike Stock, the Special Teams coach doesn’t believe in actual “coaching” and blew off Ryan’s request. After being cut by the Packers, Ryan did get the help he wanted from the kicking specialist in Arizona. And now he’s 7th in the NFL punting for the Seahawks. Draw all the conclusions you want.

  5. awhayes Says:

    Nicely put Cindy V. One thing that is interesting is that you rarely see a special teams coach who used to be a kicker or punter. Kickers/punters are very specialized in what they do and to stand in the way of a punter wanting to see a specialist doesn’t make sense to me. Unless, frankly, Stock used to punt and was a great punter and knows a ton re technique….but even then, it ought to have been a bottom line issue – let’s just improve the punting any way we can so if seeing a specialist could help, give it a try. Interestingly, if Ryan had gone to the specialist and improved, chances are decent that Stock would have ended up getting at least some credit for the improved punting game.

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