Logan Ryan, The Brains Of The Defense

August 15th, 2022

Huge Logan Ryan fan.

Interesting chatter from Bucs tight end Kyle Rudolph on the teammate he followed to the Bucs from New York, Bucs defensive back Logan Ryan.

Rudolph appeared on “Moving the Chains” when co-hosts Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller came to One Buc Palace last week, heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio. Of course, Rudolph talked a great deal about the high standards and overall intelligence of Tom Brady and how his exacting standards make everyone keyed in and a better ballplayer.

Rudolph said the same thing about Ryan.

Both Rudolph and Ryan played for the Giants in 2021. Simply put, Rudolph said playing against Ryan each day in practice has made him a much better player. It isn’t so much playing “good on good” but how the two always got together after practice and shared ideas and got feedback from each other on their performances.

“He is the smartest football player I have ever been around in terms of recognizing concepts and recognizing routes,” Rudolph said. “He is always in the right place at the right time.

“Practicing against him in New York and talking to him off the field and getting to ask him questions, ‘What did you see there? What tipped you off?’ [With the Bucs] it’s the same thing. He makes me so much a better player. … He will tell me, ‘No, that gave it away.’ Oh, I never would have thought of that.

“You talk about people that are going to make you better, [Ryan] is about as good as they come.”

So Rudolph explained that now he is getting intelligent input and demanding standards from two guys, one on offense and one on defense. Brady and Ryan.

Rudolph admitted he had other choices when it came to picking a new team this summer. Clearly, playing with Brady was a major selling point. He did say when he and his wife added up all the pros and cons about playing for the Bucs, the pros far outweighed the cons. The Bucs organization from Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht down has built a culture where everything is focused on winning a Super Bowl, he said, and that was a big draw for Rudolph.

Asked about rookie tight ends, Cade Otton and Ko Kieft, Rudolph said, “They are going to help this team a lot. They have different skill sets but they are going to help us win games.”

As for learning the playbook and meeting Brady’s high demands on all plays, Rudolph said the first few weeks were like “drinking water out of a firehose.”

Rudolph mentioned how Brady calls him “Rudy.” Joe wonders if that is a back-handed swipe at Rudolph and his Notre Dame background coming from his bitter college rival, a Michigan Man.

17 Responses to “Logan Ryan, The Brains Of The Defense”

  1. Buc92’ Says:

    My gut feeling tells me Rudolph ain’t gonna do jack squat this season , will get out played by Cade otton & ko kieft. Which is fine


  2. SB~LV Says:

    Not DW ?

  3. Pancake block Says:

    So what were the cons of choosing to play for the Bucs?

  4. Joe Says:

    So what were the cons of choosing to play for the Bucs?

    Gonna guess training camp in the Florida sun might be atop the list. LOL

  5. Kentucky Buc Says:

    What you gotta realize is guys like Rudolph are going to show up in big games. Love Otten and Kieft but they need experience.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    We never heard any of this kind of praise of Mr “Better at life than you” blow hard Sherman during his ephemeral tenure here.

  7. Wild Bill Says:

    It never hurts to have a wily old pro around. If he still has gas in his tank. Should be a big boost for the rookies.

  8. Infomeplease Says:

    Can’t wait to see how the refreshed tight end room does!! Only 4 weeks till kick off!! Oh ya!!

  9. Goatfarmer Says:

    Ryan sounds like a lock to be a future head coach.

    Jason Licht – start drafting the papers. Meanwhile, I hope this guy is in Todd’s office every morning explaining to him how to teach players a defensive scheme, and then doing it on the field also.

    Great pickup by Licht.

  10. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete - Founder of UniqueModernArt.com Says:

    I think everyone who has ever stepped onto a football field has wanted to be able to legitimately call a teammate Rudy for a nickname… This is perfect.

    Tom nailed it.

  11. Mr. Magoo Says:

    I think Brady calls him “Rudy” because his last name is Rudolph and it is easier. Not because of some lame ass old movie or a backhand slap from a Michigan man.

  12. firethecannons Says:

    getting to take the kids to the beach on a routine basis for the wife was a positive no doubt

  13. BT Says:

    He doesn’t have to watch his step on the streets, unlike SF, for example.

  14. BT Says:

    The game Richard Sherman filled in as secondary coach the crew did well. I would be happy to have him.

  15. GOB Says:

    Ryan is like having a coach on the field. He was trained by the best. He may not be as fast and agile as he once was, but the man has over 200 snaps at three different positions. He could direct things more from the FS position. Making sure everyone is aligned properly and whatnot. One thing is for sure, the bucs will have many fewer blown assignments with LR in the fold. I’m not sure he’s shifty enough anymore to play nickel corner. But, this may prove to be the best FA signing Licht made this off-season. It might not show up on the stat sheet, but his impact will be felt.

  16. steele Says:

    I’m optimistic about Logan Ryan, who should bring toughness and leadership to the secondary, the way Rodney Harrison and Dev McCourty did with the Pats glory teams.

  17. Brandon Says:

    Rudy… I wonder if it is a play on the name Rudolph? Nah, makes way too much sense. We don’t want none of that around here. There will be no sense to be made around here when we have the same people saying SUH in every post and begging for 4 WR sets to be run with a FB in the backfield.