Bills’ new coach Rex Ryan held in high regard by his former players [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He’s a guy that you just want to run through a brick wall for,” said Damien Woody, a center for the Jets from 2008 to 2010 and now an NFL analyst for ESPN. “I think Rex is one of the most unique coaches that I’ve ever been around. As a player, he has your back unequivocally. I’m a Rex Ryan supporter, through and through.”'
Pegulas reel in big fish with Rex Ryan hire for Bills [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hiring Ryan restores a sense of credibility to a franchise that was staggered by its dysfunctional past, and the double body blows of their quarterback (Kyle Orton) and head coach walking out the door two days apart.'
Rex Ryan a good hire for Buffalo Bills [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'God bless his soul, but Wilson's one ongoing weakness during his nearly 5 1/2 decades of owning the Bills was his refusal to pay top dollar for the best coaches. Ralph usually paid his star players what they were worth, and if you look at the Bills' salary cap through the years, the evidence is there. But coaches were a different story, and it never made sense.'
Grading the Bills: Defensive line [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Looking ahead to 2015, there's a good chance Hughes is going to sign elsewhere in free agency, unless the Bills decide to use the franchise tag. But even if Hughes moves on, the other three starters return, and it won't be hard to find a replacement for Hughes because the other three automatically make that player better.'
Bills fans like Ryan’s ‘passion’ and ‘energy’ [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Joe Vetere, an owner of Matthews East End Grill in Rochester, is a Jets fan. He thought Ryan’s “message” in New York City “got a little stale,” but he thinks the Bills would be making a good hire.'
Report: Rex Ryan has accepted offer to coach Buffalo Bills after two days of negotiations [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The offer was made a day after the Bills identified Ryan as a finalist and met with him for a second time in South Florida, where new owners Terry and Kim Pegula live. Ryan was one of 12 candidates to interview for the job since last weekend.'
Rex Ryan reportedly wants Greg Roman, not Marc Trestman, as Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Roman has been San Francisco's offensive coordinator since 2011 but his status has been in limbo with the 49ers and coach Jim Harbaugh parting ways this offseason. Roman was also one of the 14 candidates that the Bills interviewed for the head coaching job. Despite reports that Ryan wanted former Bears head coach Marc Trestman as his offensive coordinator, Roman is one of the top offensive coordinator candidates on the market.'
5 things to know about Buffalo Bills coaching candidate Rex Ryan [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'One thing that was obvious during Ryan's time in New York was that Jets players loved playing for him. Despite the fact that Ryan spent most of the season knowing he would be fired, the Jets played one of their best games of the season in their finale against the Miami Dolphins. At the very least, he'll get players to play hard.'
The Buffalo Bills' hiring of Rex Ryan makes a ton of sense for everyone involved [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Still, the logic doesn't quite add up. If his six years with the Jets showed anything it was that Ryan needed to take a job with an established quarterback in place. The more he could focus on the defense and not have to worry about the offense, the better off he would be. That's why the Atlanta Falcons job seemed so perfect. He could be closer to Clemson, where his son plays college football. Atlanta has Matt Ryan at quarterback and all the pieces for a successful offense, but they could use Rex's defensive prowess.'
Fred Jackson, other Buffalo Bills players react to Rex Ryan hire [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Excited about the hire of Rex!! Great coach to come in and keep us moving in the right direction!'
5 items that should be on Rex Ryan's to-do list as Buffalo Bills' head coach [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'It's not secret that the Buffalo Bills have a bit of a quarterback problem. With Kyle Orton retiring, EJ Manuel and Jeff Tuel are the only two quarterbacks on the Bills' roster. Ryan never had much success finding or developing quarterbacks in New York and it ultimately did him in. His success or failure in Buffalo will likely be determined by whether he's able to find the right guy under center.'
Rex gives a reason to get excited [1:47 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'He has charisma — the guy could fit in at any local watering hole. He’s optimistic, and he seems to genuinely care about his players. The Jets drenched him with Gatorade after their finale this year, a win that gave them a 4-12 record. Twitter was littered with former players wishing him well after the news broke Sunday.'
Area residents chime in on Ryan hire [1:46 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: '"It's a good feeling to know that Rex wanted to come to Buffalo," Dunkirk's Mike Green said. "Buffalo has been shunned by big-name coaches in past searches. Ryan had interest from other teams, but chose to come to a team that had uncertainty at the quarterback position and lacked a first-round pick in this year's draft. It wasn't for the money either. He would have been paid well to sign with a television network."'
Bills' Pegulas get first hire right by lining up Rex Ryan 1 [1:45 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'With his trademark unrepentant swagger off the field as well as on, and a lunch-bucket mentality, Ryan should be a great fit in Buffalo.'
Rex Ryan good fit for Buffalo Bills [1:44 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'And as quarterbacks go, E.J. Manuel is basically Geno Smith west. Geno’s two-season quarterback rating with the Jets is 71.5; he lost his starting job to Michael Vick in his second season. Manuel’s two-season quarterback rating is 78.5; he lost his starting job to Kyle Orton in his second season, only sooner.'
Hiring of Ryan makes rooting for Bills fun again [1:43 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: 'Apparently, Marrone thought he was a lock for Ryan’s old job in New York, which promptly went south. He’s probably not going to find another head coaching job this year, and maybe ever.'
Monday's New York Coverage [1:42 AM]
Rex Ryan Is Close to a Deal to Coach the Bills, the Jets’ A.F.C. East Rival (New York Times)
Former NY Jets coach Rex Ryan finalizing five-year deal for $27.5M to become next coach of Bills (New York Daily News)
Feeling strung along by Falcons, Rex Ryan took Bills coaching job (New York Daily News)
Buffalo Bills to hire Rex Ryan (New York Post)
Why Rex took Bills job — and how it may hurt Jets (New York Post)
Rex Ryan is now the Jets’ worst nightmare (New York Post)
Sources: Rex Ryan, Buffalo Bills close to deal (Newsday)
With Rex Ryan in Buffalo, Woody Johnson needs to aggressively pursue Dan Quinn (Newsday)
Rex Ryan to become head coach of Buffalo Bills, source confirms (Newark Star Ledger)
Ex-Jets coach Rex Ryan, with Buffalo Bills, wants Greg Roman as offensive coordinator, source confirms (Newark Star Ledger)
Mark Sanchez to Buffalo Bills? It could happen with Rex Ryan as head coach (Newark Star Ledger)
Would ex-Jets coach Rex Ryan try to lure New England Patriots' Darrelle Revis to Buffalo Bills? (Newark Star Ledger)
Former Jets coach Rex Ryan set to become Bills head coach (Bergen Record)
Rex Ryan Reaches Deal to Coach Buffalo Bills (Bergen Record)
Hiring Rex Ryan a coup for new Bills owners [1:41 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Now Pegula will have one of the NFL's foremost defensive minds and a guy who took the New York Jets to two AFC championship games before things soured, not to mention a quote machine who instantly makes the Bills more relevant from a media perspective.'
APNewsBreak: Source says Rex Ryan accepts Bills' offer [1:40 AM]
AP reports: 'At the same time, a second person familiar with talks told the AP the Bills are negotiating to hire Greg Roman as offensive coordinator. Roman, a finalist for the Bills' coaching job, spent the past four years as the San Francisco 49ers' offensive coordinator. Roman's future is uncertain in San Francisco after coach Jim Harbaugh left to coach Michigan.'
Person familiar with talks to AP: Rex Ryan agrees to coach Buffalo Bills [1:39 AM]
AP reports: 'The person says the sides are negotiating the final details of a contract Sunday morning. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Bills have not revealed details of their search to replace Doug Marrone, who stepped down abruptly Dec. 31.'
Bills to hire Ryan as head coach [1:38 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'According to several reports on Sunday, the Bills will soon name Ryan their new head coach as he will remain in the state of New York after being let go by the New York Jets in late December.'
Ryan agrees to coach Bills [1:37 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills would like to keep Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator. The defense ranked fourth in the NFL and had a league-leading 54 sacks in 2014.'
Bills to hire Rex Ryan as coach [1:36 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The hiring of Ryan would complete an extensive coaching search for the Bills, who have interviewed 12 candidates since Doug Marrone opted out of his contract on Dec. 31.'
Rex Ryan took the wrong job [1:35 AM]
ESPN reports: 'EJ Manuel is not that guy. In fact, EJ Manuel is Geno Smith with a better draft profile and a bigger paycheck.'
Bravo Bills! [1:34 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'One thing we don't have to worry about with the new Bills head coach is how he handles criticism. Ryan just spent the last six years dealing with the New York City media and fans. Even though this is more of a fish bowl, I don't think Ryan will be affected by any of the second guessing that comes with being an NFL head coach.'
Rex in Effect [1:33 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Ryan also gives me hope that the Bills will seriously get busy upgrading the quarterback position. Throughout the search I've thought that an established big name coach like Ryan or Shanahan would not agree to coach the Bills and just settle for EJ Manuel as his starter. With other options, including TV, would Ryan agree to come to the Bills right now without some assurance that they will look to get better at the most important position in the game? I say no way.'
Bills get Rex Ryan as new Head Coach [1:32 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Over his six years on the job, Ryan's offenses ranked 17th, 13th, 13th, 28th, 29th and 28th in average points scored per game. In total yards per game, the Jets ranked 20th, 11th, 25th, 30th, 25th and 22nd. Ryan had three different offensive coordinators in six years as well, hiring Brian Schottenheimer(2009-2011), Tony Sparano(2012) and Marty Mohrningweg(2013-2014).'
Rounding out the Bills head coach candidates [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Early indications are that Terry and Kim Pegula were highly impressed with Gase’s interview, but it’s hard to see him going from Manning to EJ Manuel. He might just choose to keep waiting for a better opportunity.'
Buffalo Bills bringing in Rex Ryan for second interview, according to report [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Ryan is interested in teaming up with former Bears head coach Marc Trestman, who has been a hot name for vacant offensive coordinator positions across the league.'
Sunday's New York Coverage [1:57 AM]
Ex-NY Giants linebacker Pepper Johnson to interview for Big Blue’s vacant defensive coordinator role (New York Daily News)
Former NY Jets coach Rex Ryan scheduled to interview with Bills for second time: source (New York Daily News)
Giants to interview Pepper Johnson for defensive coordinator job (New York Post)
One Jets’ divisional rival showing strong interest in Rex Ryan (New York Post)
Pepper Johnson set to interview with Giants for defensive coordinator opening (Newsday)
Rex Ryan getting long second interview with Bills (Newsday)
Giants request permission to interview Bills assistant Pepper Johnson for defensive coordinator (Newark Star Ledger)
Ex-Jets coach Rex Ryan will have second interview with Buffalo Bills on Saturday, source confirms (Newark Star Ledger)
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