Logan Ryan Talks “Backwards” Study

May 8th, 2022

“We’re about to learn even more, Carlton.”

How much of a difference can one wise and driven man make in the Buccaneers’ secondary?

Bucs fans are about to find out.

The top group for the miserable New York Giants through the past two seasons was its defense. New Bucs cornerback/safety Logan Ryan says that’s no coincidence.

Why? Because Ryan was playing there in all but one game, and racking up a load of tackles.

Ryan hosted a video recently for Pedigree pet food that hit on a wide variety of topics. One was film study.

The former All-State quarterback in New Jersey explained that struggles at Rutgers University playing defense led him to attack film study and treat it as the key to success. His approach hasn’t changed.

“Being a former QB, I started to study the game backwards, what a quarterback would see but on the defensive perspective. And I would communicate that with my teammates, and that was kind of what made me stand out,” Ryan said. “Whatever unit I play in, my unit tends to succeed. And I think the key of that is the information — and the information is film study. … … I feel like in football, the answers are out there and they’re in film study. If you can study for the test and you can did through the material, why would you not do it?”

Back at the NFL Owners meetings, Joe was hanging out with Ira Kaufman and talking to Titans head coach Mike Vrabel. Ryan played for Vrabel, who paid him a spectacular compliment.

Vrabel reflected that Ryan was one of the rare players he would allow to question the Titans’ defensive game plans and schemes, and Vrabel said he even welcomed if it was from Ryan. That respect was earned, Vrabel said, because Ryan put in such an elite level of preparation and devotion.

With Ryan in a contract year, Joe has no doubt that the Bucs will get Ryan’s A-game, which also means an attention to detail in film study that the current defensive backs may have never experienced.

Retired Bucs cornerback Richard Sherman was great at mentoring, and even changed Bucs practices, but Joe’s quite sure he didn’t bring the level of juice to the film room that’s about to come from Ryan.

Ryan’s diverse and outspoken leadership, and hopefully steady play, could be quite an X-factor for the Bucs this season.

31 Responses to “Logan Ryan Talks “Backwards” Study”

  1. GOB Says:

    Don’t forget where he came from. Ryan was expertly coached, during belichicks hay day. His coach in Tennessee is also a deciple. Hopefully the bucs defense will be more gameplan specific, instead of we do what we do

  2. Tony Says:

    Still think they should consider signing Kyle Fuller, too! He’s out there.

  3. Defense Rules Says:

    Players like Logan Ryan remind me of a hockey coach I had who used to preach ‘Don’t just be prepared; be over-prepared’. Our Secondary in particular has needed a true ‘field general’ for a number of years now. I’m hoping that Ryan will fill that need.

  4. teacherman777 Says:

    We need another CB.

    Cockrell is a great #6 CB but a horrible #4 CB.

    We need to be 5 deep at CB.

    Our 3 young CBs get hurt a lot.

    We need 5 good corners. That’s the reality of the NFL.

    Instead we have Trask, Darden, and Hainsey.

  5. D-Rok Says:

    As soon as Ryan was signed, I immediately felt he would improve communication in the secondary. Just imagine if all our secondary spent countless hours studying that weeks’ opponent? I am optimistic about our secondary improving this year, although according to stats, they weren’t “awful” last year as some commenters seem to be certain of. All fans can remember is that last series against the Rams, and it was just that: 1 series, admittedly a bad one. Consider this: Ryan DID practice against Brady for a few years in NE, which had to have made him a smarter player.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Hey joe you think bradberry is a possibility if he is released

  7. sasquatch Says:

    I’m pumped for this guy to add veteran leadership and show the younger guys how to prepare.

  8. SB Says:


    Prepared to be taught.

  9. steele Says:

    Logan Ryan will be a great leader for this defense and set examples for how it is done. Get the young guys to learn discipline.

  10. Eckwood Says:

    Fuller and Sheldon R

    Sheldon Richardson is a No Brainer

  11. GOB Says:

    Ryan has over 200 snaps, at three different DB positions. That kind of experience is hard to come by. He’s also a deadly ball hawk for errant throws. He’s one of the best blitzing corners in the game. Belichicks defense doesn’t call for a ton of blitzes, especially from the secondary. He trusted him to get to the backfield.

  12. Colin in Canada Says:

    I don’t know who will be coming off the field but I believe that Logan Ryan will be on the field more than 50% of the snaps on D.

    He is either a starting “safety” or the nickel or a third safety in a 3 safety backfield. Either way he will be out there. He’s a better player than Edwards or SMB.

  13. GOB Says:

    @Colin in Canada, since nickel is the new base defense in the league, I suspect you’ll be proven right. Add on the fact that offenses will need to score in the high twenties to have a chance against the bucs. Should be a great fit

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    This was a good pickup…..experienced, versatile…..leader……

  15. TampabayDJ82 Says:

    I believe the Bucs extremely upgraded their secondary this off-season. Let’s hope they don’t make a huge mistake by letting Suh walk and the Dline takes a step back. The 2 work hand in hand. The old school Bucs had the best Dline and best secondary in the NFL for years. And they fed off each other and that’s exactly what the Bucs need now. As long as they don’t give up the big plays or give up over 20 points a game the offense will do the rest. Go Bucs

  16. Austin Says:

    We need Sherman to come back as a coach

  17. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Ah, teacherman777 still complaining about last year’s draft…You do realize there’s a whole new draft class for you to complain about, right? McCollum is probably going to be the 4th corner.

  18. Joe Says:

    Hey joe you think bradberry is a possibility if he is released

    Anything possible, but Joe wouldn’t bet on it.

  19. Alvafan Says:

    Sometimes I think people forget that Dean was not the starting corner coming out of preseason SMB was. After he got hurt in the 1st quarter of game #1 (hit by his own free safety) Dean replaced him and was toyed with by the Dallas QB the rest of the game. If Dean was indeed smb’s backup he was embarrassingly unprepared for his duties. I hope Ryan and the appropriate coaches will impress upon the young man that he will be trade bait if it happens again.

  20. Jmarkbuc Says:


    I don’t disagree.. but makes you wonder with the myriad of coaches on this staff, how is anyone unprepared?

    This team was unprepared ALOT last year.

  21. firethecannons Says:

    I would rather have Suh then JPP hope they make it happen real soon!

  22. GOB Says:

    Here’s a thought, maybe these position coaches just aren’t good enough. BA stopped coaching coaches years ago. He told you so, multiple times in the press. How about some accountability. How many coaches were retained after a home playoff loss, in the divisional round? Too many in my opinion.

  23. 1#bucsfan Says:

    I agree with most. It would be nice to add another vet CB to the mix for depth. Love the Ryan signing. He’s pretty much the Brady of the defense with his preparation.

  24. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Maybe we can sign a LB with the same pedigree so we don’t have to hear LVD talking about a communication breakdown after a loss.

  25. TOMMY MORDUE Says:

    Hey Joe, I think the Buc’s made two great additions to the Secondary with Logan Ryan & Keanu Neal..with Ballhawk Mike Edward’s & Antonio Winfield I feel we are good at Safety..JMB & Jamel Dean need alot of improvement..Davis III one lock down corner & I Believe the fast,hard hitting corner we got in the draft (I can’t remember his name) will be the other lockdown corner from day one..HE’S also quite a ballpark I have heard..

  26. TOMMY MORDUE Says:

    Zyon McCollum was the name I couldn’t remember.

  27. GOB Says:

    This all means nothing if they can’t get to the QB. Sometimes, bowles coaches like he has Ed Reed and Deion Sanders back there. Maybe a little less blitzing, and let Brady dictate the game.

  28. Trey Long Says:

    Secondary coaching was abysmal last year.
    Hope Ryan can help.

  29. Architek Says:

    None of this translates to the field in regards to the secondary.

  30. Jerseybuc Says:

    Also coached by Greg Schiano in college who prepared better than most.

  31. THOMAS PFALZ Says:

    Just answer this question. Would you rather have Bradberry or Bunting or Dean or evan Davis. If the Bucs had Bradberry he would automatically there #1 DB. Hands down.