Well, that didn’t take long at all. Just several days after Doug Marrone opted out of his contract with the Buffalo Bills, the Bills made what many consider a huge splash to fill their head coaching vacancy. It is someone Bills fans are very familiar with. Rex Ryan, former coach of the New York Jets has become the 18th head coach in the Bills history, and brings with him to Orchard Park a colorful, but successful past.
Ryan, who isn’t afraid to speak his mind with the media in any situation, coached the Jets to two AFC Championship games during his tenure in New York with Mark Sanchez leading his offense. He is arguably considered one of the best defensive minds in the game, and his Jets defenses regularly ranked toward the top of the league in terms of total defense on a yearly basis. He is known as an intense coach who will always back and support his players in every way possible. This is why a lot of players really enjoy playing for him, which can really play an integral role in changing the culture of an organization. This could be very good for the Bills, who haven’t made the playoffs in 15 years.
During his introductory press conference, one of the highlights from Ryan was his promise to turn the Bills into a “bully.” He wants teams to be intimidated when they go up against the Bills and have to play against them for 60 minutes. Personally, I feel like this is the attitude that the Bills need. There is a plethora of talent on this team, whether it’s Mario Williams or Sammy Watkins. If the Bills play with a sense of purpose and bring the fire their new head coach possesses, this franchise could really begin to turn the corner.
The one thing you know you are going to get from a Rex Ryan coached team is that they are going to play physical. On offense, they are going to try to play smash mouth football and run the ball down your throat. On defense, they are going to make you earn every single yard. The Bills haven’t made the playoffs in quite some time, but they are certainly not going to be pushed around anymore. With some consistent quarterback play, from whoever it may end up being once next season begins, the Bills may be able to make some things happen in 2015. We all know how great the Bills defense is, and it may get even better under Ryan, but the offense needs to step up to make the Bills a contender. Will that happen in the coming season? That remains to be seen, but teams will not be looking forward to facing off against Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills. Go Bills!