Former New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is currently in the process of trying to find a new job. The loudmouth coach that led the Jets to back to back AFC Championship Games in the first two years of his tenure now has a damaged reputation after four winless seasons.
But despite this damaged reputation, Rex Ryan has a boat load of options going into the offseason. It seems that the much-maligned coach still has a lot of supporters and friends in the NFL that are willing to give him another chance.
One of those friends/fans, according to reports, is Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank who reached out to Ryan just one day after he was sacked by the Jets, and just one day after the Falcons sacked their own head coach Mike Smith after a terrible season.
Ryan interviewed for Atlanta job
"NFL Media's Kimberly Jones reported Tuesday that the erstwhile New York Jets coach has interviews scheduled with the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers for their head-coach openings, per a source aware of the plans," NFL.com reported.
At this stage, it's very unlikely that the 49ers will want to go with Ryan with so many other options for them from within their own organization. However, it's the Falcons option for Ryan that looks the most obvious and most suitable.
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Ryan at the Falcons is the perfect fit. He is a defensive mastermind and has shown that during his time with the Jets. But his clear weakness is offense.
What the Falcons need is a defensive minded coach that can improve that side of the ball, while Ryan would have the help of franchise quarterback Matt Ryan on offense, and the perennial All-Pro Julio Jones at receiver.
It's a win-win for Ryan and the Falcons. Although Atlanta fans may take some persuading, when they realize Ryan will be able to get them enough wins to win the shocking NFC South they will come around.
You certainly can't gloss over the last four years for Ryan, which have been terrible when you consider the investment from the Jets. But his biggest problem at the Jets will be sorted immediately at the Falcons if he gets the job.