Rex Ryan Close To Deal With Buffalo Bills
By Brian Miller
If you were a fan of Rex Ryan becoming the next head coach of the Miami Dolphins, this news won’t make you all that happy. If you were one of those fans who believed that Rex Ryan was nothing more than a loud mouth lousy coach then this news will thrill you to death. One way or another we are going to find out just how good Rex Ryan will or can be. It’s being reported that Rex Ryan is closing in on a return to the AFC East to coach the Buffalo Bills. This according to Adam Schefter via twitter.
Ryan is a great defensive coach but many have questioned his ability to run the entire show of both his side of the ball and the offensive side of the ball. If he does take the Bills open coaching job he will also deal with uncertainty once again at the quarterback position where E.J. Manuel has yet to show he can consistently beat anyone. Of course the Bills only major weakness, and yes it’s a big one, is that quarterback.
The Bills have one of the best young defenses in the league and have a pretty decent offensive line, they have a very good up and coming wide-receiver group so quarterback is the piece that is missing. Enter Marc Trestman. Trestman was fired from the Bears after a one year stint as their head coach and while he wasn’t the man behind the decision to ink Jay Cutler to a huge contract he didn’t do much with the offense in Chicago. He could be tasked to fix the Bills offense if the reports of Rex Ryan wanting him to run the offense turn out correctly.
While the reports say that the Bills are the team most likely to sign Ryan, there is also talk that Arthur Blank in Atlanta wants Ryan as well. Ryan has a second interview planned with them but he just wrapped his 2nd with Buffalo and may not leave.
Ironically a top name that keeps circulating for the Jets is former Bills coach Doug Marrone. An AFC East swap perhaps? Regardless Ryan landing in Buffalo could be dangerous as he is, as of today, one of the better candidates out there and his attitude could elevate the Bills on both sides of the ball. If Ryan does become the Bills head coach, the Bills will most certainly get a lot better and that’s not good news for a Joe Philbin coached team who has already struggled to beat the Bills the last three seasons. Miami has won two games in six tries against the Bills since Joe Philbin became head coach.