Rex Ashley Ryan is an American former football coach and who is a television analyst. He was formerly the head coach of the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. Ryan is the son of former head coach Buddy Ryan and is the fraternal twin brother of Rob Ryan. He has also held various coaching positions with eight other NFL and college teams.
About Rex Ryan in brief
Rex Ashley Ryan is an American former football coach and who is a television analyst. He was formerly the head coach of the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. Ryan is the son of former head coach Buddy Ryan and is the fraternal twin brother of Rob Ryan. He has also held various coaching positions with eight other NFL and college teams. Ryan was fired as the Bills’ head coach at the end of the 2016 season. After his stint with the Bills, he was hired by ESPN, where he currently serves as an analyst, most notably on Sunday NFL Countdown. Ryan’s father was a defensive pioneer in the NFL known for developing the 46 defense, and by the age of six, Rex and Rob knew they wanted to pursue coaching careers. Rex went on to attend Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma, alongside Rob, and played for the football team as a defensive end. He graduated from Southwestern in 1986, and in 2011 was inducted into the university’s Hall of Fame. Ryan spent the next 22 years serving as an assistant coach on different teams at both the college and professional level. At the behest of their head coach Brian Billick, Ryan joined the Baltimore Ravens in 1999 and spent nine years there. In 2005, he became the defensive coordinator, and later was promoted to be the team’s assistant head coach in 2008. Ryan later accepted a contract offer from the Jets for their vacant head coaching position for the 2009 season. During his tenure, Ryan became well known throughout the league for his outspoken manner, boisterous attitude, and initial success with the Jets.
After working for his father for two years with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, Ryan returned to college coaching as the defensive Coordinator for Cincinnati Bearcats. In his final year with the Bearcats, he won the first Humanitarian Bowl over Utah State in Ryan’s final year as a head coach. In 2011, Ryan was the Oklahoma Sooners’ defensive coordinator for a year in which the defense was ranked sixth in the nation in the defense. The team’s first bowl appearance in fifty years marked the first time the team had made it to a bowl game in the program’s first 50 years. In 2012, Ryan led the New Mexico Highlands, Division I Morehead State team to the Division I-AA Morehead state championship. In 2013, he led the team to back-to-back AFC Championship Game appearances. In 2014, the Jets were unable to finish with a record above a. 500 winning percentage, and he was fired after a career worst 4–12 record at the conclusion of the 2014 season. The brothers attended Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois. After the divorce of their parents, their mother attended the University of Chicago to earn her doctorate. Rex and his older brother Jim moved with her to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where she secured an administrative position at University of Toronto. By the time Rex was a teenager, Doris realized he and his brothers were too much to handle for a single mother trying to advance her career.