Rex Ryan stole the show when he appeared on Hard Knocks with the NY Jets back in 2010. He provided HBO with so many sound bites on the show that the Jets were asked to appear for a second consecutive season. Ultimately, the Jets declined the opportunity.
Now, six years later, Ryan could find himself back on the show with the Buffalo Bills. As discussed earlier in the month, the Bills are one of seven teams that could be forced to appear on the HBO show if no team appears.
Since that article was written, plenty has happened with Buffalo that may increase their odds of appearing. First, the team brought in Rex's brother, Rob Ryan, to be the team's assistant head coach/defense. The Ryan brothers would provide plenty of entertainment for HBO.
Next, Buffalo added Ed Reed as an assistant defensive backs coach. Watching Reed learn the ropes as a coach would make for fascinating television. Reed is a first ballot Hall of Fame player, but this is his first job as a coach.
Last, the Bills named Kathryn Smith as their special teams quality control coach this week. Smith is the first full-time female assistant in the league and HBO would obviously love to chronicle her first season in this role.
The storylines are certainly there for Buffalo, but is Rex Ryan actually interested in appearing on Hard Knocks again? On Friday, a media member asked the head coach if he was interested in appearing on the show again. His response? Three simple words.
"Not really, but..."
Although Ryan may not want to appear on the show again, the fact that he finished the sentence with "but" is telling. Ryan knows that he may not have a choice when it comes to the Bills being featured on Hard Knocks.
Until HBO or the NFL announces which team will appear on the show, there will be plenty of people speculating and hoping that the Bills will be the choice. Rex Ryan won't be one of them though.null