Ryan have a Zoom press conference with local reporters on Thursday. This is the first time we have really heard from Ryan outside of an interview he did on Team 980. Even with the pandemic, there was a lot to discuss with the man that is one sack away from tying Charles Mann for the franchise record.
Ryan is looking forward to playing in a 4-3
Kerrigan emphasized that they are going to be playing fast and down filed towards the players strengths in the new system. He did not think that he was misused in the past in a 3-4 but is looking forward to playing in a 4-3. What will ultimately decide the rotation is the game situation.
Ryan would have taken Chase Young at number 2 too
Just because he might lose some snaps to Chase Young, Ryan recognizes the generational talent that Chase can be. Kerrigan is excited to see what Young does for the defense and has been extremely impressed with how he has picked up the defense and has carried himself during meetings.
Talent on paper only goes so far
Ryan recognized that in the past that they have not lived up to their potential that was on paper. That is something they are hoping to reconcile this year once they hit the field. There is a need to prove they are one of the most talented defenses in the league.
There is a Strasburg quality to Ryan now celebrating sacks
When Ryan first came into the league, he did not have a sack celebration. That was until former Redskin Will Compton encouraged Ryan to come up with one and hit the signature HBK move that he now does. Hearing him talk about the lead up to it and the amount that Will pushed him to do it had the feeling of how long it took Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg to warm up to hugs and dancing in the dugout.
Training, like with every other player, has been interesting in the time of COVID
Ryan only had a set of 55-pound weights to workout with when the initial shutdown happened. Without the weights he has had to get creative. He has been working with his trainer on his core, mobility, and hip mobility to stay limber and mobile heading into 2020. There is also a video of him pushing his car down the street with his wife in the driver seat.