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Rex Ryan Going To Buffalo — But That’S Not Bad News For Falcons


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Article by Jeff Schultz

Rex Ryan going to Buffalo — but that’s not bad news for Falcons

In my recent summary of the mess in the Falcons’ front office and my read on the coaching search, I listed my top four candidates in this order: 1) Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn; 2) Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles; 2) then-coaching free agent Rex Ryan; 4) New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

So it follows that I don’t think there’s any reason for panic that the Buffalo Bills are set to hire Ryan, even though appeared to be favored by Falcons owner Arthur Blank. Blank liked the potential Ryan would bring in defensive philosophy, enthusiasm and marketability, but he clearly wasn’t ready to make him an offer last week or he would have — and I don’t blame him.

I also believe what the New York Daily News reported: That Ryan preferred the Falcons’ job, partly for family reasons, as well as quarterback Matt Ryan, but ultimately he didn’t feel like he was fully embraced by general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

Here’s by view of the dynamic in the Falcons’ front office:

• Blank has restructured the organization so that Dimitroff and the new coach will report to him separately. Blank clearly desires to become more involved in football operations, a debatable decision. There also has been some dispute who suggested certain personnel decisions in recent years when Mike Smith was coach. Ultimately, Dimitroff makes the final call but he has long been opposed to forcing players on his coach. Blank having the two report to him separately eliminates the potential for miscommunication.

• Ryan would’ve potentially been a bigger problem than any other candidate because he’s the loudest personality. He would have had Blank’s ear and would’ve been more likely to blame the front office if the Falcons’ season jumped the rails.

• I still believe Quinn is the best candidate. The Falcons obviously would have to wait at least one week to hire him, or three weeks if Seattle wins next week’s NFC championship game if they go to the Super Bowl. But the biggest concern remains not the Falcons would have to wait for Quinn but that they might not get him. It’s believed he’s the New York Jets’ top target and Quinn, being a New Jersey native, might be leaning in that direction.

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• Blank has restructured the organization so that Dimitroff and the new coach will report to him separately. Blank clearly desires to become more involved in football operations, a debatable decision. There also has been some dispute who suggested certain personnel decisions in recent years when Mike Smith was coach. Ultimately, Dimitroff makes the final call but he has long been opposed to forcing players on his coach. Blank having the two report to him separately eliminates the potential for miscommunication.

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Well who is gonna run the biggest part of the salary cap? Bowles this, Quinn than, Ryan the other......same guys all good defensive coaches....we aren't gonna be a top 10 defense next season unless we bring in Adrian Peterson to protect the defense, and derrell revis, Justin Houston, and Patrick Willis to play on the defense. That's not happening, so again this season we will rely on the offense to carry the team.....who is gonna run the offense is just as important as who is gonna get the defense fixed in a couple seasons

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