Report: Rex Ryan a candidate for Chiefs’ defensive coordinator job
The Kansas City Chiefs fired defensive coordinator Bob Sutton on Tuesday after they had one of the worst defenses in the NFL this year, and they are said to have interest in replacing him with a big name.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Rex Ryan has received interest from multiple teams as a potential defensive coordinator. The Chiefs could be the next to reach out.
Here’s a name to watch for the now vacant Chiefs’ DC job, per sources: former Jets and Bills’ HC and current ESPN analyst Rex Ryan, who has been approached about other DC openings in recent seasons.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 22, 2019
Sutton had been the defensive coordinator in Kansas City since 2013. The Chiefs allowed a whopping 405.5 yards per game this season, which was second-worst in the NFL. Their season came to a fitting end when they were unable to stop the New England Patriots from scoring a touchdown on their first drive in overtime of the AFC Championship Game.
Ryan has been working as an analyst for ESPN and is part of the popular “Sunday NFL Countdown” lineup. He last coached in the NFL when he was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills in 2016. He made a name for himself as the defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens when they had one of the best defenses in football for several years, so it’s no surprise teams are interested in him in that capacity.
Ryan recently hinted that he could return to coaching in the NFL in 2019, and it sounds like the opportunities are there.