NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Rex Ryan is still a hot commodity, despite missing the playoffs for four straight years with the New York Jets.
The former head coach, fired by the Jets after a four-win season, already has interviews lined up for next week with the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons, according to multiple reports. The 49ers announced a split Sunday with Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh. The Falcons, who considered Ryan for their vacancy in 2008, ousted coach Mike Smith after seven seasons on the job.
New York Daily News reporter Manish Mehta thinks Atlanta, with an established offense in place, would make “perfect sense” for the defensive-minded Ryan.
“What you need to do is fix the defense,” Mehta told WFAN radio on Tuesday. “It was the last-ranked defense — 32nd in the league against the pass, 32nd in the league in total defense. And everybody knows that Rex Ryan fixes defenses. So I don’t think that would be as difficult for him as it would be maybe for somebody else coming in.”