NFL News: Buffalo Bills’ Rex Ryan Hires Rob Ryan To Boost Defense

NFL News: Buffalo Bills’ Rex Ryan Hires Rob Ryan To Boost Defense
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Rex Ryan wasn’t enough for defending the Buffalo Bills. Instead, he hired Rob Ryan as assistant head coach for defense on Sunday. Rob Ryan is a former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator.


“I’m excited to have Rob join our staff, and I think he will be a great asset for our defense,” Rex Ryan said in a statement after hiring his brother. “He has a tremendous working knowledge of our schemes, and I look forward to his input.”

The Ryan brothers haven’t worked together since 1995, when they were in Arizona Cardinals under their father Buddy Ryan.

“On a personal note, it’s been a number of years since we have worked together,” Rex Ryan said on Sunday. “And so we are both really looking forward to this opportunity.”

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The move came after Rex Ryan and other officials met with team owners Terry and Kim Pegula in Florida in a season-ending meeting.

Last season, Rex Ryan was assisted by Dennis Thurman as a defensive coordinator. Ryan, though, refused to comment on Thurman last week when asked.

“I don’t want to say anything until we talk to our coaches,” he said, avoiding the question.

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