Oct 5, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz looks on during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Bills beat the Lions 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
The Buffalo Bills have come to terms with former New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan as their new head coach. As of right now, there has not been any formal statement from the team introducing Rex Ryan as the 18th coach in Buffalo Bills franchise history. At this point both sides are only in agreement as to the terms of the deal, which is 5 years, 27.5 million.
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At this point, when a new head coach comes in, they usually like to bring in their own staff with them, people that they have worked closely with in the past and are good fits together.
As of right now, it looks as though Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett will be out of a job as Rex Ryan is looking at bringing in Greg Roman, the offensive coordinator from the 49ers, who was also ticketed at a possible head coach for the Bills.
As far as the defensive side of the ball, the Bills have had the top defense in the past two season and saw one coordinator leave for a head coaching job which brought in Jim Schwartz. The Bills are stating that they would like for Jim Schwartz to stay in his current position, while he is under contract.
Rex Ryan and Jim Schwartz have spoken and it is still yet to be determined if the two defensive minded coaches will be able to work harmoniously together for the good of the organization. They are waiting to meet and will meet when the deal with Rex Ryan has been finalized and an official announcement has been made by the team.
Jim Schwartz and Rex Ryan are both defensive minded coaches but they have very different schemes and ways of running their defenses. First off, Ryan loves to run a 3-4 while Schwartz is a 4-3 type of guy.
I personally hope that any differences between Ryan and Schwartz can be worked out, if there are any, and that Jim Schwartz is OK working with a team that pasted him up for the head coaching job as well. With both of these coaches football knowledge on the defensive side of the ball, this Bills defensive unit could be working it’s way up to the record books again and possible break the sack record if not more records on that side of the ball. The would be the most dominate defense in the league.