Could Rex Ryan stay in the AFC East? That appears to be the hope of the Buffalo Bills, who will interview the former New York Jets head coach on Thursday. The day will also include an interview with Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shananhan, according to Buffalo Rumblings.
Ryan is the hot coach on the market right now, and has already had interviews with the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons this week. He has also spoken with ESPN about a potential television position, and CBS is expected to target him as well. He was fired this offseason after six years with the Jets, following a 4-12 season. He has a 46-50 all time record as a head coach, along with a 4-2 postseason record, twice reaching the AFC Championship game.
The Bills are turning over ever stone it seems in their coaching search, having already interviewed Darrell Bevell, the Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator; Adam Gase, the Denver Broncos offensive coordinator; Dan Quinn, the Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator; Frank Reich, the San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator; Mike Shanahan, the former head coach of the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos; Pat Shumur, the Philadelphiea Eagles offensive coordinator; and Jim Schwartz, their own defensive coordinator. The Bills are looking to replace Doug Marrone, who used a clause in his contract to allow him to opt out of his deal when the team was sold in 2014. He will receive his $4 million salary for the 2015 season.
The Mike Shanahan interview is said to have also explored the possibility of hiring him as the team's General Manager, with his son Kyle serving as the head coach. As was noted earlier, Kyle is scheduled to interview Thursday.
The Bills are also expected to interview Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, and Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. The team has requested permission to interview Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, as well.