The Buffalo Bills have found their new coach and they didn’t have to look very long or far to find him. The Bills have announced that they have signed Rex Ryan, former AFC East rival New York Jets head coach, to lead the team in 2015.
Despite the failings on offense, Rex Ryan has consistently fielded a league leading defense with the Jets which is likely why the Buffalo Bills scooped him and named him as head coach.
Buffalo produced one of the best defenses in the league this year, holding some of the NFL’s best offenses to their lowest point totals of the season. With the same talent expected to be back next year, Rex Ryan seems like a good fit to continue the defensive success with Bill’s defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz opting out of his contract to look for potential head coaching opportunities elsewhere in the league.
Taking the job in Buffalo does present Ryan with the same issues that had him looking for a new gig to begin with. The Bills started the 2014 season with E.J Manuel under center but benched him midway through the season in favor of veteran Kyle Orton, who produced mixed results and retired at the conclusion of the 2014 season.
Prior to signing with Buffalo, Ryan had been rumored to be most interested in the head coaching vacancy in Atlanta but became frustrated with how long the Falcons were taking with their search. Wanting a fast resolution to his off-season job searching, Ryan was announced as the new head coach by owner Terry Pegula on Monday. The final contract gives Ryan five years and $27.5 million reasons to figure out the quarterback situation and get the Bills to the NFL playoffs for the first time in 15 seasons.