MMQB: Why Rex Ryan Makes Sense in Buffalo
MMQB from SI has a really good article about why Rex makes sense for the Buffalo Bills: “The popular response to Rex Ryan joining the Bills has been one of incredulity. Why would he sign up to coach yet another team that has questions about its young quarterback? And why would the Bills, who ranked fourth in points and yards allowed last season, bring in a defensive-minded coach when things were working so well under now-departed coordinator Jim Schwartz?
First, let’s address the question from Ryan’s side. The simple answer is he joined the Bills because there were only six head coaching jobs open (this was before Denver parted ways with John Fox), and likely less than half of those jobs were actually open to him. Ryan’s next likeliest gig was as an analyst for CBS. He need only look at his former boss, Brian Billick, to see how hard it can be to get back into the league once you’re out doing TV.
Had Ryan spent a year or two cashing checks from Les Moonves, he would have still found a defensive coordinator job upon re-entering the NFL. But a big personality and single-mindedness toward defense would have made Ryan a precarious head coach candidate in the minds of many owners. Buffalo, he probably realized, could have turned out to be his last opportunity.”
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