Rex Ryan was fired as HC of the NYJ yesterday. A day later, CSNBayArea.com is reporting Ryan has interviews lined up for the head coaching vacancies in Atlanta and San Francisco. That didn't take long.
Speculation that Rex would be perfect for the Falcons, a team with offensive firepower but glaring defensive deficiencies that Rex would be particularly qualified to turn around in a hurry, has been circulating for weeks. It would be interesting to see if Rex could win it all with a talented and prolific quarterback and receivers for a change.
The 49ers interview comes as more of a surprise, at least to me, as I was unaware of any prior speculation Rex might be headed west to the Bay Area. The San Francisco job would offer Rex a chance to take over the league's fifth ranked defense, a deep and talented unit that one could envision Rex turning into the league's best in 2015. The 49ers offense is more geared to the ground and pound style Rex is comfortable with, but it does not offer the dynamic potential found in Atlanta.
With four straight seasons without a winning record, a losing record overall as a head coach, a final season with disastrous results, and only a single season as a head coach with more than nine wins, it may be an uphill battle to sell Rex's resume to another team's fanbase, but he at least now has quickly lined up opportunities to impress at perhaps the two best teams with coaching vacancies.
With reports also circulating that Rex met with ESPN today to discuss a position in broadcast television, it appears Rex will not be unemployed long in 2015.