Rex Ryan originally wasn’t a primary candidate for Bills job

AP

The Buffalo Bills arguably made one of the best hires in the current cycle by pouncing on former Jets coach Rex Ryan.  But Ryan didn’t start as one of the top candidates for the job.

Co-owner Kim Pegula recently explained in an appearance on The John Murphy Show, a production of the website owned by the team, that Ryan wasn’t a top candidate until he interviewed for the job the first time.

Kim Pegula explained that the Bills entered the process with an open mind, that Ryan wasn’t on the short list, and that he quickly landed there after his first interview.

“Rex almost was a candidate we put in there because obviously his name was all around as a candidate that was open and we really didn’t give much thought to him,” Kim Pegula said.  “We had obviously interviewed a lot of people before him.  And he came in and I think we were just very pleasantly surprised at how very down to earth he really was in person and his love of the game and some of the things that he said on what he really wanted to do with his life and where he wanted to help us as being part of the team.  And I think that really resounded really well with [co-owner] Terry [Pegula] and I.  And it was a little bit of a surprise, I’m gonna admit, because he was not a candidate that we had really on the top of our list as, ‘Wow, this is the guy we want, let’s go get him.'”

Rex’s emergence as the top candidate despite not being one of the top candidates underscores the importance of keeping an open mind and resisting the temptation to decide on the next coach before the current coach is fired.

44 responses to “Rex Ryan originally wasn’t a primary candidate for Bills job

  1. Translation:

    “Nobody wanted to come here, but thank God Rex went for the money and sold his soul.”

  2. Translation: “We didn’t have him on our list but he called and begged us for an interview and started ranting about kissing rings, or something or other.”

  3. joetoronto says:Jan 20, 2015 9:30 AM

    Translation:

    “Nobody wanted to come here, but thank God Rex went for the money and sold his soul.”
    __________________________________
    Translation: There will never be any NFL in Toronto!!!

  4. Love her honesty. I’m sure Buff wasn’t Rex’s first choice either, but that’s real life sometimes. Jets fans have been saying on here it wasn’t Rex’s fault in NY. Lousy GM’s & drafts, and the fact he wouldn’t throw any of them under the bus, show’s his character and quality as a coach. Bills just needed coaching up last year and someone who will get more out of them. I want to see E.J. given a shot with Rex and their new OC also….still think he can be something. We can’t bash Marrone for being a lousy offensive coach and blame EJ also for not developing fast enough under him. Coaching is all this team needed

  5. Who is arguing this is one of the best hires? Personally, it looks to me like they are a couple who settled for each other because they didn’t think anyone else wanted them.

  6. Nobody wanted the Bills job?

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    A 9-7 team loaded on the defensive side of the ball, with plenty of young talent at WR, that just needs a few key pieces, and some of you think it’s a job that nobody wanted?

    That’s just dumb.

  7. Ryan gets to work for another sycophant owner that wants to buddy up to him. It’s obvious Pegula does not have a clue as to how to run a professional sports franchise (See Sabres). Ryan will have them over achieve for a year or two, perhaps beat the Patriots once or twice, lose to teams not as good as them. Once Ryan puts his own stamp on the team, it will go in the toilet (see Jets). But the owner and writers will love his brash, shoot from the hip bravado. And then he will be fired a year or three to late. Sound familiar?

  8. What in the world did he accomplish with the Jets that would make anyone think he’s a great hire?

    The only reason he even remotely began to shut his mouth and stopped stating dreams as though they were fact, was the loses were piling up to the point where even someone with zero self awareness had to say, “wow, enough is enough.”

    He has accomplished nothing.

  9. NOT A BILLS FAN, but this was an EXCELLENT hire for the Bills!!! A defense that already is pretty good & a defensive coach that is a no brainer!!! The owner knows what he’s doing!!! Sure wish the Fins owner had a clue!!! Congrats to the Bills Fans your team if you find a way to beat the patsies you can take the division… We’ll be in the cellar this year but hopefully after this dreadful year we can FIRE PHILBIN & maybe just maybe IDIOT Ross will sell this team & get to being in contention again???

  10. biggest mistake the falcons made was not to hire him

    As a saints fan Rex could make the falcons defense amazing and an obvious favorite for the NFC South

  11. I’m not really sure how Rex being hired can be characterized as arguably being one of the best hires but that will soon play it self out, if nothing else we have some more foot jokes as well as get a damn snack jokes for the next couple of years to look forward to.

  12. The Buffalo Bills arguably made one of the best hires…
    ———————
    WHY???????

    What has he done? He is a .500 coach that has never developed a QB. And guess what? Buffalo has no QB or offense! I simply don’t get it.

    Now, Rex is the best coach on the planet when it comes to talking a mean game. I just can’t believe the Bills fell for his tired rhetoric. Then again, NFL teams are notorious for recycling failed coaches. And please don’t give me the example of Bilichick. That’s an anomaly.

  13. We’ll see if Whaley can completely destroy the team’s talent as much as Izdik did.

    Ryan had pretty good teams when given the talent, but Izdik was clueless.

  14. one the best hires?!? He was 4-12, has horrible game management skills, and is totally clueless and inept on offense. Are you grading on a curve?!?!

  15. Good hire for the Bills in the sense that it shows that the organization is willing to spend money to bring a big name to the area and not just hire someone because they their moving expenses will be minimal since they only live 150 miles away (see Doug Marrone).

  16. I would have passed every time after too….. Not a Jets fan but didn’t he inherit a good team, go to playoffs but as he gained controlled and adapted the team and system as he saw fit, the Jets tanked there after.
    Why would he be in anyone’s list for a head coach? Waste of talent, money and team future!!

  17. For those saying he was inept on offense. Can you name on receiver that Izdik provided him over the last two seasons?

    Coaches play with the players provided by the GM. The two seasons that Izdik was in charge, he ushered all the talent out the door and replaced them with garbage. It was as if he wanted his own coach so did everything in his power to make Rex fail. Karma got to him in the end as he was shown the door too.

  18. “I need corners! I need corners!”

    Then he blows (and I mean that) not one, but TWO, first-round picks on corners who can’t play a lick. (Kyle Wilson is an abomination and Dee Milliner is so bad that I’m GLAD he’s hurt all the time. BTW, Milliner had 5 surgeries as a collegian. Great scouting)

  19. joetoronto says:
    Jan 20, 2015 9:30 AM
    Translation:

    “Nobody wanted to come here, but thank God Rex went for the money and sold his soul.”
    ………………..
    Based on what criteria, exactly?

    The fact that the ‘desirable’ positions aka Atlanta has yet to be filled, Chicago was filled with a guy who wasn’t even a candidate when the Bills made their hire, and San Fran went and hired internally? Those are all the quote unquote ‘desirable’ jobs, and yet- they couldn’t get anyone?

    Todd Bowles was listed as one of the most desirable, he ended up with the Jets- you really think he wanted to go to that mess before going to the Bills? LOL, please. Adam Gase isn’t going to get a HC job.

    But yeah- you’re right, no one wanted to go to Buffalo. I mean, who would want to take over a top notch defense with talented receivers and rbs, who is in play with the addition of a QB and 2 guards? Yeah, what a terrible sounding job.

  20. BILLS needed a motivator after Mr. Doug Downer. Marrone should about as much enthusiasm as a box of rocks. We got the best out there, and maybe in the NFL..Bills needed the spark and he is it..Hopefully he and Whaley can make it happen for the offense. I don’t want us going old at Qb anymore. I can see it now..Raiders cut Shaub for $ and Whaley jumps on him….Get a young F.A. or trade for one with great potential. …

  21. Then again, NFL teams are notorious for recycling failed coaches. And please don’t give me the example of Bilichick. That’s an anomaly
    ……………….
    Pete Carroll, Tom Coughlin, Tony Dungy, Jim Caldwell (thus far), Mike Shanahan, Marv Levy. These are just the ones who come to mind.

    Now I know you might say “well dungy had manning” or “shann had Elway”. Maybe so, but Rex has the misfortune of dealing with the mess that was the Jets front office. Anyone would have had trouble succeeding with that dumpster fire to work with.

    But the more important point is, you couldn’t be more wrong it saying the Bill Bellicheck is an anomaly.

  22. Yes, I will discount Shanahan. Because he imploded without Elway. And Dungy? Yes, he had Manning. He also built a Superbowl team in Tampa before being fired. Or do you think Chucky won that Superbowl?

    Pete Carroll? He was a college coach that needed a little seasoning before he came back again. That does happen. Years and years of mediocrity to abysmal coaching is what Rex offers. Caldwell? Caldwell? What has he done?

    The real success stories like Belichick is still an anomaly. Oh, and by the way, not once did you actually mention why Rex Ryan is a good hire. Playing musical QB’s is still on the Coach last time I checked.

  23. Buffalo Sports are going to get worse as time goes on. I’m not on the Pegula Bandwagon whatsoever. You won’t see a winner no time soon. Probably not in most of your lifetimes.

  24. Rex’s emergence as the top candidate despite not being one of the top candidates underscores the importance of keeping an open mind and resisting the temptation to decide on the next coach before the current coach is fired.

    It also shows that candidates should never turn down an interview just because there’s a more favoured name floating about. Go in there and give it your best shot!

  25. Recently Rex commented, “I’m dug in here, I’m not going anywhere.”
    “Dug in?”
    Or is it “I’m Doug in here and I’m not going anywhere.”
    Rex Ryan, the Anti-Maroon.

  26. Love the lame Jets haters.

    At least you didn’t hire Marrone I will give you that!

    The Bills Defense is top notch. All they need is a game manager QB brought in to run a ground and pound Roman offense and they could be very tough to deal with. What other job out there (outside Denver) was more appealing?

    San Fran is in turmoil
    Atlanta has no defense
    Bears are a disaster
    Oakland? Huh
    Jets? Lame Jets fans rip our QB situation? Really?

  27. Andy Reid was run out of Philadelphia (after a 4-12 record and several mediocre seasons before that—once he took over in Kansas City he took the Chiefs to the playoffs in his first year—I bet a change of scenery will also rejuvenate Rex Ryan’s career too

  28. I find it amusing how uneducated people are when it comes to the Pegulas and how they are poor owners because of the Sabres. If you people knew exactly what was going on, you would not have that opinion.

  29. It actually is a good hire by Buffalo. They are a team that has not been relevant for 15+ years and even though Rex will give you a boring offense, an exciting defense and .500 season he will make headlines and he was willing to live in Buffalo (no easy sell for anyone).

  30. Um, Bills fans….your new coach does foot fetish video’s and puts them on the web. How do you think this is going to end?

  31. I dont think Jets fans are upset, the team canned him and everyone moved on. He is one of those guys that can sell himself. I had a friend with similar skills, he could talk to lady ask he out she would ask where… He could tell her he was going to take her to a Cemetery and how it will be AWESOME you don’t want to make the mistakes of missing out on an opportunity like that.

  32. The problem here is that he looks a lot like the second coming of Wade Phillips, who can turn any NFL franchise into a .500 club. Does Buffalo really need several more years of that?

  33. “A 9-7 team loaded on the defensive side of the ball, with plenty of young talent at WR, that just needs a few key pieces, and some of you think it’s a job that nobody wanted?”
    ———————————————————–

    If that job were not in Buffalo you would be making good point. All other things being equal, no one in their right mind would choose Buffalo over any other NFL city.

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