At a time when it was widely believed that Rex Ryans’ first choice was the Falcons, it turned out that Ryan wanted to make a choice before the Falcons were ready to make a decision.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Rex was in a rush to get his situation resolved. And that resolution came by accepting the offer in Buffalo.
While Ryan may have believed that the Falcons should have been moving more quickly, the reality is that owner Arthur Blank’s 99-year-old mother passed away last week. On one hand, time is of the essence when the coaching carousel spins; on the other hand, certain things are more important than making a hasty coaching hire.
The Bills can’t be faulted for seeing an opening and closing the deal, but Ryan eventually may regret the decision not to wait for an answer from a team in a lesser division with a better quarterback and overall offense. The Falcons primarily need a kick in the pants defensively, which Rex could have instantly provided.
The Bills have a great defense, but they need plenty of help offensively. Including a quarterback. And they play in the AFC East, where coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady likely will continue to dominate.
Maybe Rex wants the challenge of continuing to face the Patriots. Maybe he wants to be able to play the Jets twice per year. Maybe he wants to be part of a franchise where the vibe is positive and the recent history suggests that there’s nowhere to go but up.
Besides, the Bills had the talent to finish 9-7 — and to easily handle Rex’s Jets twice in 2014. If the defense can continue to be dominant, maybe they don’t need a great quarterback to finally become a contender.