Ryan Kerrigan officially takes over as Washington D-line assistant coach

Ryan Kerrigan may not understand what the word “retirement” really means, judging by the news that broke Monday.

On July 30, Commanders hosted Kerrigan for a press conference where he announced his playing days in the NFL were over. But after that, Kerrigan became a staple of training camp, as he basically volunteered to help with Washington’s defensive line so he could “get a feel” for practice, which was something. something he expressed interest in as a second career.

Apparently Kerrigan enjoyed the experience, as he is now officially the team’s assistant defensive line coach.

“Ryan Kerrigan is one of the most accomplished players in the history of this franchise,” Ron Rivera said in a statement. “After he retired, we had a great conversation about his life goals after playing. Ryan had an interest in coaching and we were able to allow him to follow our coaching staff this summer. He’s a hard worker extremely relentless with tremendous knowledge.”

Kerrigan will work under Jeff Zgonina, who was promoted when Rivera fired Sam Mills III on Aug. 9 during camp. Both Kerrigan and Zgonina are Purdue products who have had double-digit seasons in the league.

In the short time Kerrigan has been around, he has been much quieter than the very energetic Zgonina. However, Jonathan Allen, Montez Sweat, Chase Young and others who have ridden Kerrigan in the field are quick to discuss their admiration for him, so he should have their ears when he needs to illustrate a point or to point out an error.

“It was cool to see another end to football,” Kerrigan said last Thursday at the organization’s welcome luncheon. “I really enjoyed it, because you’re still involved in the game, you can still prepare for the game, you just don’t have to beat your body.”

When Kerrigan was explaining why he chose to retire at the end of July, he explained how having to be so regimented with his food and drink affected him. Therefore, being able to drink whatever he wanted – and, more specifically, drink a few beers whenever he wanted – in the future sounded very appealing to him.

Unfortunately, his gig on the sidelines partially hindered this advantage.

“Not as much as I had hoped,” he said when asked Thursday if he had increased his beer consumption. “With the coaching schedule, it’s been a little less free time than expected.”