The Buffalo Bills gave brothers Rex Ryan and Rob Ryan their first chance to coach together in the National Football League, and all the comments, headlines, and opinions have come along with it.
The Ryan brothers have earned the reputation of being both loud and extremely confident, but there might just be a deeper reason that the two finally decided to coach the same team together. And it all stems from the man that got them to be so passionate about football in the first place -- their father, longtime NFL head coach and defensive coordinator, Buddy Ryan.
Now 82 years old, Buddy -- who, mind you, got his start in professional football with the Buffalo Bills as their defensive line coach in 1961 -- will see his sons roam the same sideline and combine forces for the first time as NFL coaches. In an extremely candid interview with Jenny Vrentas of The MMQB, the Ryan brothers intimated that the decision to coach together, and subsequently the 2016 campaign, is for their legendary coach and father.
Question: What does your dad think about the two of you coaching together?
Rob Ryan: He’s struggling (health-wise). That’s another reason…
Rex Ryan: …we’re going for broke, man.
Rob Ryan: Because, who knows? He’s not going to be able to watch us coach for much longer, I don’t think. But hopefully he can see this one, because we have got big plans. Bring [Bill] Belichick on. We got him.