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Bills Hire Rob Ryan to Be Brother Rex Ryan’s “Assistant Head Coach for Defense”
Last year the Buffalo Bills went 9-7 under head coach Doug Marrone. This season they went 8-8 under head coach Rex Ryan.
However, the Bills do not believe Ryan was responsible for the backslide. In fact, if anything the Bills believe their problem this year was that they didn’t have enough Ryan. So now they’re increasing their Ryan by 100%.
That’s right, NFL fans. The prophecy has been fulfilled. On Sunday, the Bills hired Rob Ryan to serve as his brother Rex’s “assistant head coach for defense.” It will be the first time the Ryan boys have coached together since 1995, when both were assistants for dad Buddy Ryan in Arizona.
Rob, of course, had previously served as defensive coordinator for the Raiders, Browns, and Cowboys, and he started the 2015 season as DC of the Saints. However, he was relieved of his duties in New Orleans after a 47-14 loss to Washington on November 16. And in December Ryan spent a week with the Bills coaching staff, sparking rumors of a Ryan family reunion in Buffalo.
Now it’s actually happening.
“I’m excited to have Rob join our staff, and I think he will be a great asset for our defense,” brother Rex said in a statement. “He has a tremendous working knowledge of our schemes, and I look forward to his input.”
So what about Bills defensive coordinator and longtime Rex Ryan assistant Dennis Thurman? Good question! The Bill didn’t announce any other changes to their coaching staff. However, last week Rex hinted that some coaches “may not want to be here.” So one wonders if Rex and the Bills may have offended Thurman by bringing in Rob to be “assistant head coach for defense.”
Either way, the press conferences in Buffalo next season are going to be epic.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]