The Buffalo Bills did not meet their lofty expectations for 2015. Head coach Rex Ryan wanted a Super Bowl, but couldn't even make the playoffs. One of the best defenses of 2014 fell to pieces in 2015, while quarterback Tyrod Taylor chased franchise records.
The Bills were undisciplined and uninspired as defensive leaders like Mario Williams spoke out against Rex's defensive schemes. Buffalo needed to shake up the team- so naturally they added another Ryan to the mix.
Yes, the Buffalo Bills just added Rob Ryan to the staff as the assistant head coach with a focus on the defense. Instead of bringing in a new face to help bring new energy to the team, Rex hired his brother to be his #2.
Rob spent four seasons under Bill Belichick from 2000-2003 as the Patriots linebackers coach, and has spent the past twelve seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Raiders, Browns, Cowboys, and Saints. His first season in New Orleans (2013) was the only time he led a top 10 defense, but the unit fell to the 28th and 32nd in each subsequent year.
His 2010 Cleveland defense is the only other unit to finish in the top half of the league.
While Rob's defenses have typically been middle of the pack against the run, they generally rank in the bottom third of the league against the pass.
The undisciplined Bills needed to counter the free-spirit of Rex Ryan in order to put the team on the right track. Instead, they added a second Ryan to the roster. The Bills will get exactly what they deserve.