How the Bills decided on Rex Ryan as head coach
We’ve all heard how he wasn’t at the top of Buffalo’s list in the early stages of the Bills search for a new head coach. The Pegulas, along with President Russ Brandon and GM Doug Whaley, didn’t sit down with Rex Ryan until they were a full week into candidate interviews. But the veteran coach obviously changed the dynamics of the Bills’ search for a new sideline boss. Here’s how.
Owners Terry and Kim Pegula had to formulate a plan in short order after their previous head coach chose to opt out of his contract with the club just days after the regular season had concluded. With the assistance of Brandon and Whaley, who had just gone through a whirlwind coaching search two years prior, they promptly scheduled interviews with coaching candidates on bye weeks before their playoff games.
In the week that followed those time sensitive interviews, Buffalo’s hierarchy interviewed several other candidates and Ryan was among them. But Kim Pegula admitted that the former Jets head coach was added to their list more based on his availability than their collective interest in him as a viable candidate.