How Did The Bills Land Rex Ryan? He Didn’t Want to Wait for the Falcons

The Bills and Rex Ryan have a deal in place, and he will be the next head coach of the Bills. Jason LaCanfora reports that Bills brass, along with Ryan, are set to fly back to western NYY from their meetings in Florida today, and a formal announcement will be made.

How the deal came to be is another story.

Ryan actually wanted to be the next Falcons head coach but rumors and a cold silence from the people that he’d hit it off with just days earlier made it impossible for him to separate fact from fiction, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

Ryan wasn’t going to wait on the Falcons, so he flew from Morristown, N.J., to Florida Saturday afternoon to meet with Bills brass at new owners Terry and Kim Pegula’s home before finalizing a 5-year, $27.5 million deal Sunday to become the next Bills head coach, according to sources.

Friends had advised Ryan to keep a level head and not make any rash decisions on Saturday. Wait 24 hours. Give the Falcons one final chance.

“If they ain’t gonna call,” Ryan told friends, “I’m going to go for it.”

The Falcons never scheduled a second interview, paving the way for the first coaching domino to fall this offseason.

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