Former NFL head coach, Rex Ryan, could be making his return to the league after an eight-year coaching hiatus. Sources have revealed that Ryan is in the running for the Dallas Cowboys’ open defensive coordinator position. This news comes as a surprise to many, as Ryan has been out of the game for some time and has been caught up in several controversial incidents.
Ryan, who has made comments in the past alluding to a love for feet, and was also suspected of posting videos of his wife’s feet, seems to be putting that all behind him as he looks to jump back into the football world. The former head coach has been out of the game since 2016 when he was fired as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills. Since then, there have been rumors of him returning to the league, but nothing has materialized until now.
The 58-year-old Ryan has had success in the past as a defensive coordinator, most notably with the Baltimore Ravens. He helped build a unit that regularly ranked in the top three in points and yards allowed. During his tenure with the Ravens, he was also known for his bold and brash personality, which made him a fan favorite. However, his outspoken nature did not always sit well with other NFL coaches and decision-makers.
Despite his success as a coordinator, Ryan’s track record as a head coach has not been as impressive. He led the New York Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship appearances in 2010 and 2011 but failed to make the playoffs again during his six-year tenure with them. His stint with the Buffalo Bills was short-lived, as he was fired after just two seasons.
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Ryan’s last involvement with the NFL was as a commentator for ESPN, which seemed to have a positive impact on his reputation. He has since been in talks for various coaching positions, including the Kansas City Chiefs’ defensive coordinator job in 2019, but nothing ever came of it. Now, he has the chance to prove himself once again as he interviews for the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator role.
The Cowboys are in need of a strong defensive coordinator after the departure of Dan Quinn, who left to become the head coach of the Washington Commanders. Quinn had done an impressive job with the Cowboys’ defense, which ranked in the top five in points allowed for two consecutive seasons. This puts even more pressure on Ryan to deliver, as he will have big shoes to fill.
As with all teams, the Cowboys are looking for the best candidate to fill their vacant position, and if Ryan is chosen, it would be a great opportunity for him to showcase his abilities once again. His experience and past success as a coordinator could be just what the Cowboys need to solidify their defense and make them a top team in the league once again.
Despite his reputation, Ryan’s football knowledge and coaching abilities cannot be denied. If he is able to put his past controversies behind him and focus solely on his job as a defensive coordinator, he could be a valuable asset to the Cowboys. This is an opportunity for him to revitalize his coaching career and prove that he still has what it takes to be successful at this level.
In the end, it will all come down to whether or not Ryan is able to impress the Cowboys’ management during his interview. He will have to convince them that he is the best man for the job and that he is the right fit for their organization. If he is able to do so, it could result in a significant comeback for one of the most outspoken figures in the NFL. Cowboys fans will be eagerly waiting for the team’s announcement to see if Ryan will be calling the shots on their defense next season.