The Falcons reached out to Ryan one day after dismissing Mike Smith. On Sunday, the Niners "mutually parted ways" with Jim Harbaugh. Ryan spent the past six seasons with the Jets, going 46-50 in that time with a 4-2 record in the playoffs. Ryan's teams missed the playoffs in each of the past four seasons, including a 4-12 meltdown in 2014. Ryan and general manager John Idzik were let go Monday.
Ryan has earned the reputation as a gifted defensive mind who struggles to field a team with a competent offense. This would make Atlanta a logical landing spot with a franchise quarterback already entrenched in Matt Ryan. It's also easy to imagine 49ers brass getting excited about the prospect of Ryan coaching up a defense with stars like Aldon Smith, NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis.