"That dude was huge for the city and huge for the team," Goode said."It was just huge to learn from him." Ryans — who was lovingly dubbed "Mufasa" by Chip Kelly — was certainly a favorite among his teammates and coaches in Philadelphia.He played one more season in Houston before he was traded to Philadelphia, where he became an integral part of the team, a favorite of fans, and one of the most respected players to come through the franchise in decades.This weekend, Ryans will return to Philadelphia as a defensive quality control coach with the 49ers under first-year head coach Kyle Shanahan.Out of the NFL for the entire 2016 season, Ryans got his football fix from doing a weekly radio show in Houston with former NFL players Greg Koch and N. But Ryans has always thought about the possibility of coaching, even dating back to his time at Alabama, where his teammates affectionately referred to him as "Coach." And when Kyle Shanahan took the head coaching job in San Francisco this year, he heard from Ryans, who told him he was interested in coaching. Shanahan was a wideouts coach with the Texans when Ryans was drafted in 2006, and he became the team's offensive coordinator by 2008.He was immediately impressed by Ryans, who came in and started on his way to being named Defensive Rookie of the Year.It don't even matter if it was about something simple because he just made you feel better afterward.
I was just pumped he told me he wanted to be a coach." As a defensive quality control coach with the 49ers, Ryans spends his weeks breaking down upcoming opponents in the run game.
"He really just helped me become the person that I am.
When he was here, he was one of those guys I could go to and talk about anything.
He said Ryans' daily routine — he was a creature of habit — was to go back and do the same things three or four times.
Of course, Goode said Ryans reminded him of a coach back then.
Shanahan was even more impressed by Ryans' work ethic and those same qualities that have led to his new career as a coach.