Boston Globe:
The Jets fired coach Rex Ryan after the regular season and he landed with the Bills, who introduced him as their new coach on Wednesday.

But a measure of revenge against the Jets, whom he’ll face twice a season because he’s still in the AFC East, is not foremost on his mind.

“No, it’s still the Patriots I want the most,” said Ryan, who will also get two shots at New England a year.

Head coach openings in Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco could not entice Rex Ryan to leave the coveted AFC East. Atlanta and San Francisco are blessed with solid QB's in Matt Ryan and Colin Kaepernick, respectively. The Bears normally have a tough defense and play smash mouth football.

Rex Ryan made a veiled reference to Doug Marrone’s departure by saying: ‘‘This football team deserves a loyal coach.’’ Maybe, Doug Marrone realized that the meaningless final game win against the Patriots didn't really count. A 2-23 record for the Bills against the Brady/Belichick regime was time for him to look elsewhere for employment. The comment about unstable ownership in Buffalo may have been merely a ruse.

For six years, Rex Ryan tricked the New York Jets and their fans into thinking that he could deliver the next Super Bowl. The Jets won Super Bowl III with the brash "Broadway" Joe Namath leading the way in 1969.

Buffalo was the obvious landing spot for Rex. An exhausted fan base is a good starting point. The Buffalo fans couldn't get enough of Rex Ryan quotes from the first press conference. Quotes are his specialty.

Houston Oiler's head coach, Bum Phillips promised next year to "kick the door down" when he spoke of his rivalry with the Pittsburgh Steelers. There was no talk from Rex Ryan about 'kissing the rings" of New England head coach, Bill Belichick. There was just the promise of a playoff appearance for the Buffalo Bills.

Pay no attention to the 46-50 head coaching record. Rex would have an answer for that, too.

Paul Murphy is a freelance writer from New Hampshire.

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