In a profile of the Ryan brothers in May, Rex and Rob Ryan told Jenny Vrentas of TheMMQB.com that they had both gained weight since Rob joined his brother on the Bills coaching staff.
Rob Ryan also revealed that he had the lap band that restricted his food consumption surgically removed after a bad experience with it. That appears to be the reason for Rex Ryan’s weight gain as well.
The Bills head coach told Mark Cannizaro of the New York Post that he had his band removed in a show of solidarity with his brother while also mentioning that his record was better in his heftier days.
“I told him, we’ll figure this out together,” Ryan said. “Plus, I won more games without it than did with it in.”
Ryan said he learned eating habits that he’s been able to maintain since having the surgery and, even with the weight gain that followed his brother’s arrival in Buffalo, he looks trimmer than he did in the heaviest days of his past. He’ll try to get the record moving back in the right direction against the Jets, who employed Ryan as their head coach when he initially had the band put in place.