Buffalo Bills will hold press conference to introduce Rex Ryan as head coach Wednesday [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills will introduce Ryan as the 18th head coach in franchise history at a press conference in the ADPRO Sports Training Center on Wednesday at noon.'
Mike Golic on Buffalo Bills' hiring of Rex Ryan: I don't understand this one [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Players are going to love him in Buffalo. But what is he known for not doing? Developing offenses, and that's what he's going to have to do. ..."'
Greg Roman to join Rex Ryan in Buffalo as Bills' offensive coordinator, according to report [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'This past year, Roman took criticism from players and outside media about the 49ers' offense, and with Jim Harbaugh leaving for Michigan, the time was right for Roman to get a change of scenery. He and Ryan spent time together with the Baltimore Ravens, Ryan as defensive coordinator and Roman as an assistant offensive line coach.'
Did the Buffalo Bills make the right call in hiring Rex Ryan? [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Hiring Ryan sends the message that the Pegulas want to win now. Every owner in the NFL says that, but the Ryan hire backs up that claim. They don't want to wait for someone like Adam Gase, Frank Reich, or Kyle Shanahan to grow into the job.'
Buffalo Bills officially announce Rex Ryan as their new head coach [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Ryan had a 50-52 record as head coach of the Jets, including a franchise best 4-2 record in the postseason. In his first two years as Jets head coach he took the team to the AFC Championship Game.'
Buffalo Bills were Rex Ryan's third choice, according to report [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Ryan had the Atlanta Falcons' opening as No. 1 on his list. But after what he thought was a productive first interview, Ryan ended up waiting around for a second interview. Falcons owner Athur Blank was dealing with the passing of his mother, and Ryan was willing to be patient with Atlanta if the front office committed to a second interview.'
Tuesday's New York Coverage [1:47 AM]
Rex official with Bills, so how will his staff look? (New York Post)
Rex Ryan named Buffalo Bills' coach (Newsday)
Dennis Thurman, not Jim Schwartz, to be Rex Ryan's defensive coordinator with Buffalo Bills, per report (Newark Star Ledger)
Bart Scott 'disappointed' Rex Ryan took job with Buffalo Bills (Newark Star Ledger)
It’s Official: Rex Ryan Will Coach Buffalo Bills (Wall Street Journal)
Jets Fans Should Be Pumped — Not Paranoid — About Rex In Buffalo (WFAN-AM)
Tuesday's San Francisco Coverage [1:46 AM]
Blaming Greg Roman is pure 49ers folly (San Jose Mercury News)
Source: Roman agrees to become Bills' offensive coordinator (CSN Bay Area)
Bills officially announce Rex Ryan hired as coach [1:44 AM]
AP reports: 'And a person familiar with talks told The Associated Press the Bills are finalizing contract discussions to hire Greg Roman as their offensive coordinator.'
Rex Ryan named new Bills coach [1:43 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but reports Sunday indicated Ryan had agreed to a five-year deal worth about $5.5 million per season.'
Bills hire Ryan as head coach [1:42 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 hire Rex Ryan as coach [1:41 AM]
ESPN reports: '"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," Pegula said. "We look forward to his leadership and expertise in directing our team to the playoffs and bringing a championship to Buffalo for our fans."'
Hiring charismatic Rex Ryan pushes Bills close to must-watch territory [1:41 AM]
SI reports: 'How well Roman performs in his offensive-coordinator duties and who his quarterback will be are the variables that will determine how well this Ryan-to-Buffalo marriage works.'
Bills hiring of Rex Ryan brings credibility to the Pegulas [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Ryan has the reputation, whether warranted or not, of a top tier coach in the National Football League. One can’t ignore his first two seasons that resulted in two berths into the AFC Championship game, nor can they ignore that he hasn’t had a winning season since 2010.'
Rex Ryan named Buffalo Bills head coach [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bills owner Terry Pegula said, "Following an extensive search, we are pleased today to announce that Rex Ryan is our new head coach. 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."'
Players pumped for arrival of Rex Ryan [1:38 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Excited,” said RB Fred Jackson of his initial reaction to the hire. “He’s a coach that is known for winning. He’s a character and I think anytime you have a coach who is a character it brings a lot of excitement. We know he wants to win just like we do. Every player that I’ve talked to is excited about the hire. Former players of his that I’ve talked to say I’ll have nothing but fun times with him. I know he’s ready to work and I’m ready to work with him.”'
6 things to know about Rex Ryan [1:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Ryan’s six seasons as head coach of the Jets provided the New York franchise with some of the best defensive seasons in team history. Over that six-season span the Jets ranked first in the NFL in passing yards allowed (204.3), opponent completion percentage (55.7), opponent first downs (1,667), and yards allowed per defensive play (4.9). The Jets ranked second in total yards allowed per game (306.9).'
Three Bills D-linemen earn PFWA honors [1:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo Bills defensive linemates Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus have earned All-NFL honors from the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA), while Kyle Williams has been named to the All-AFC team, the PFWA announced on Monday.'
Top of the heap: Thorough search concludes as Ryan lands Bills’ head job [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The deal had not been signed as of Sunday night, a high-ranking Bills source said, but there was every expectation that would happen on Monday. There also was no time frame for a news conference introducing Ryan as the 18th coach in franchise history, although speculation has it happening within the next day or so.'
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.'
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