Dec 28, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan in the second quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
It is being announced everywhere this morning that the second interview that Rex Ryan had with the Buffalo Bills organization went well. Well enough to basically be only a couple of hours away from Ryan being the next Buffalo Bills head coach.
Rex Ryan was fired from the New York Jets, do to a slide that, I don’t think anyone could have controlled. Ryan was let go on Black Monday and had met with a couple of teams, but it seems that both the Bills and Rex like enough other enough to finalize his search efforts.
Rex Ryan is a players coach. You can see him on the sideline having fun and enjoying being out their. When is the last time that we saw a head coach actually show any type of emotion while on the sideline. I am actually a little excited about this choice by Terry and Kim Pegula. I think it was the right choice with who is in place at the moment.
Now this thought comes into play. With a new head coach, a new coaching staff also follows. Who will Rex Ryan choose to keep, if any, and who will he bring in. I personally think that Rex Ryan will keep Jim Schwartz in place. The defense is in a place that you really don’t want to touch it and you have a former head coach with success as well on your staff. Plus with Rex Ryan a defensive minded coach, we may see even more productivity out of that group.
I think the one area that Rex will choose carefully is going to be on the offensive side. In New York he was unable to mature and advance a number of quarterbacks and he inherits the same type of issue here in Buffalo. EJ Manuel and Jeff Tuel are the only quarterbacks on the roster and Manuel has not lived up to expectations at all, at this point. Because of this, Ryan will look for a proven offensive coordinator to help with the grooming of the quarterbacks and add an offensive unit to match the defensive unit. My pick would be Marc Trestman.
Rex Ryan is 46-50 in his career as a head coach, but he also has a 4-2 record in the playoffs with the Jets and took them to two AFC Championship games.
As I said above, I am excited about this move with what Rex Ryan can bring to the table for the Bills organization. I also think that this may attract a couple of veterans that might not normally think about even having a layover in Buffalo.