One of the most popular head coaches in the NFL, Rex Ryan is staying in the AFC East and joining the Buffalo Bills as head coach.
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The Buffalo Bills and team owners Terry and Kim Pegula have officially announced that Rex Ryan will be the new head coach of the franchise.
In a statement to the team website Terry Pegula said, “Following an extensive search, we are pleased today to announce that Rex Ryan is our new head coach. Rex brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the position that we feel will be a tremendous benefit to our players and the entire Bills organization. He was very impressive during the interview process, as were many of the candidates to which we spoke, and we feel Rex is the best fit for our team. We look forward to his leadership and expertise in directing our team to the playoffs and bringing a championship to Buffalo for our fans.”
The Bills statement also noted the following: “Ryan, 52, joins the Bills after spending the last six seasons as the head coach for the New York Jets. 2015 will mark Ryan’s 19th season in the National Football League.
“Ryan ranked third in Jets history with 50 wins (regular season and postseason) during his tenure in New York. His 4-2 record in the postseason was the best in franchise history. Ryan led the Jets to the postseason in his first two seasons with the franchise in 2009 and 2010 as the team advanced to the AFC Championship game in both postseason appearances.
“From 2009-2014, the Jets ranked first in the NFL in passing yards allowed (204.3), opponent completion percentage (55.7), opponent first downs (1,667), and yards allowed per defensive play (4.9). The Jets ranked second in total yards allowed per game (306.9).”
Rex Ryan is the third winningest coach in Jets history and has more playoff wins (4) than any other coach in team history. He was fired on Black Monday following a 4-12 season in 2014.
Ryan is expected to make his introductory press conference on Wednesday.