Reports Sunday by ESPN and other outlets have the Buffalo Bills selecting Ryan to be their next head coach. Ryan would replace Doug Marrone, who opted out of his contract after the regular season. He will be paid $5.5 million per season with a five-year contract.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News tweeted Sunday that Ryan “ultimately didn’t feel like Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff was in his corner despite a productive first interview.”
Mehta also reported Ryan wanted the Falcons job for family reasons. “Son goes to school (at Clemson) two hours away. Has a house in Tennessee four hours away,” he tweeted.
Mehta had a source on why Ryan chose the Bills: “They made him feel wanted.”
So as the Falcons dragged their feet to interview Teryl Austin, Detroit’s defensive coordinator, on Friday and then Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles on Saturday, their supposed leading candidate has decided to go elsewhere.
Ryan spent five hours with team owner Arthur Blank on Tuesday. Blank reportedly wanted to hire Ryan seven years ago but instead went with the recommendation of his then-newly hired general manager Thomas Dimitroff.
Blank has restructured the front office with Dimitroff still having final say on personnel matters. Scott Pioli also has a significant role. Both Dimitroff and Pioli have favored Josh McDaniels, New England’s offensive coordinator, for the Falcons job.
Sunday after the Ryan news broke, NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport reported the Falcons were down to Bowles, who also spent five hours with Blank on Saturday, and Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.
The Jets also reportedly favor Quinn, who is obviously still involved in the playoffs with the Seahawks.
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