Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan has added his twin brother, Rob Ryan, to his coaching staff in Buffalo, according to a report from FOX reporter Alex Marvez.
Source tells @NFLonFOX that Rob Ryan is joining @buffalobills defensive coaching staff working under/with his twin brother Rex.— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) January 11, 2016
The Bills confirmed the news late on Sunday night with an official announcement, confirming that Ryan will hold the role of assistant head coach/defense. In that writeup, Chris Brown writes: "Ryan is expected to help oversee the defense and assist with offseason preparations and game planning during the season."
No change in the role of defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman has been announced, and the Bills still have assistant head coach/running backs Anthony Lynn on staff, as well - though he has interviewed for a couple of head coach openings already this offseason.
Rob Ryan, you may recall, was fired as the defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints earlier this year. After the firing, he traveled to Buffalo and helped the Bills prepare for some NFC opponents in the latter part of the season.
Now, the two Ryan brothers will be coaching together again for the first time since the 1994-95 seasons, when both were Arizona Cardinals assistants working under their father, Buddy Ryan. Rex coached the defensive line and linebackers on those teams, while Rob was the defensive backs coach.