The Jets Bills rivalry just got a whole lot more interesting.
The Buffalo Bills are set to hire Rex Ryan as their next head coach, according to multiple reports.
The #Bills are expected to make Rex Ryan their new coach, per sources. They’ve offered, he’s planning on accepting.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 11, 2015
Ryan’s contract with the Bills is expected to be for five years and $27.5 million, according to reports. He was fired by the Jets after six seasons less than two weeks ago and now will coach against his former team twice a year. Mark your calendars.
Ryan becomes the first head coach since Bill Parcells in 1997 (Patriots to Jets), to change teams within the same division.
The Bills job suddenly became available when Doug Marrone opted out of his deal in Buffalo due to unfamiliarity with the new ownership.
Ryan is expected to bring a large portion of his Jets coaching staff with him to his new gig, but not Marty Mornhinweg. Instead, he will reportedly be bringing former 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman to Buffalo.
Last season, the Bills finished with their best record in ten years going 9-7 and haven’t made the playoffs in 15 years. That’s the longest streak in the NFL today and something Ryan will definitely make a point to address in his opening press conference.
Like the Jets, the Bills have an unstable quarterback situation to go along with a great defense.
Former first round pick E.J. Manuel was benched in favor of the recently retired Kyle Orton last season, and it’s unclear if the Bills will go back to Manuel, or move on in a different direction.
The Bills defense is one of the game’s best, led by the defensive line and Kyle and Mario Williams.