Former Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan will be joining ESPN’s on-air team for the Super Bowl this Sunday reports John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal. During his spot, he’ll be covering his longtime nemesis, Bill Belichick, who will be coaching the New England Patriots against Dan Quinn and the Atlanta Falcons.
Ryan was let go by the Bills with one game remaining in the 2016 season after posting a 15-16 record in 31 games with the team. Anthony Lynn replaced him on an interim basis for the final game of the season, and Sean McDermott was hired as the full-time replacement earlier this month.
There has been much speculation that Ryan would end up working on TV when his coaching career came to an end, and now he seems to be on his way to making that a reality. The bombastic, opinionated Ryan always made for compelling television, even as a coach during his time with the Bills and New York Jets.
Interestingly, the deal technically only makes Ryan an ESPN employee for three hours. According to Ourand, he’ll be appearing on Sunday NFL Countdown from 11 am to 2 pm. As he writes, “ESPN says the deal only covers Super Bowl Sunday, but it clearly makes ESPN a front-runner to sign Ryan to a longer deal if he’s unable to find a coaching job he likes.”
It’s possible that Ryan returns to coaching at some point, possibly even with the San Francisco 49ers once they officially hire Kyle Shanahan and he begins building his staff. In the event that doesn’t happen, however, he’ll have a head start on the career we all knew he was destined for at some point.