Former Jets head coach Rex Ryan will now face the team that fired him twice a year.
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The first head coaching hire for the 2015 season has been made, and it’s one for the age: The Buffalo Bills have hired Rex Ryan to serve as their new head coach.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning that the Buffalo Bills are expected to make Ryan their new coach, and have offered him a 5-year contract.
In Buffalo, Ryan will get his hands on a dominant defense that led the league in sacks in 2014. However, questions at QB remain – the same problem that doomed his tenure in his final four years with the New York Jets.
Former Jets DC Dennis Thurman is expected to join Ryan in the same position.
One of the best minds in football, Rex Ryan will likely improve the already dominant defense in Buffalo. The defensive line of Marcell Dareus, Mario Williams, Kyle Williams and Jerry Hughes, is among the best in the NFL. Additionally, LB Kiko Alonso, who was 2nd in the voting for Rookie of the Year in 2013, will be back in 2015 from a torn ACL he suffered before the start of the 2014 season.
In six seasons with the New York Jets Rex Ryan went 46-50 as head coach. He led the team to consecutive AFC Championship games in 2009 and 2010, but lost both to the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers respectively. But the team failed to develop QBs Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith in the four years afterwards and never had a winning season or made the playoffs after his first two seasons.
Following a 4-12 season in 2014, Rex Ryan was fired by Jets owner Woody Johnson.