Despite being fired by the New York Jets, Rex Ryan isn’t going anywhere… at least as it relates to the AFC East.
The Buffalo Bills announced on Monday that they have hired Ryan as their next head coach. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Ryan and the Bills are expected to bring in San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman for the same position with the Bills.
“Following an extensive search, we are pleased today to announce that Rex Ryan is our new head coach,’’ Bills owner Terry Pegula said in a statement. “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.’’
Ryan has spent the last six seasons as head coach of the Jets. He led the Jets to immediate success after taking over before the 2009 season, as the Jets appeared in back-to-back AFC Championship Games in his first two years at the helm.
But the good times didn’t last, as Ryan’s Jets lost 38 of 64 games over the past four seasons, including a 4-12 record in 2014, the team’s worst single-season mark since 2007. Ryan’s overall record with the Jets was 46-50 in the regular season, while he went 4-2 in their two playoff runs.
Both Ryan and general manager John Idzik were fired on Dec. 29 as the Jets missed the playoffs for the fourth straight season.
After going 9-7 and notching a winning record for the first time since 2004, the Bills found themselves without a head coach when Doug Marrone opted out of his contract on Dec. 31. Marrone’s Bills went 15-17 over the past two seasons, and this year put themselves in contention to make the playoffs for the first time since 1999.