New Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan said Thursday that this coaching job will be his last.
“This is it. This is my last stop. This is it for me,” Ryan told “Mike & Mike” on ESPN Radio. “The last team I’ll ever coach will be the Buffalo Bills, and I hope it’s 15 years from now.”
The 52-year-old Ryan, who was fired after a six-year stint with the New York Jets, was officially introduced Wednesday by the Bills and promised to be his genuine self.
“I’m going to be myself, and this is the direction that we’re going to take,” Ryan said Thursday. “Be true to yourself, and that’s exactly what I’m going to be.
“I think I’ve got to put everything in. Just like [Buffalo fans] put everything in, I’m putting every single thing that I have into coaching this football team. That’s it for me. This’ll be my last shot. I don’t care if I’m young, whatever. It makes no difference. Every ounce of my energy will be to build this team. And the great thing is, it’s not like I’m building this by myself. I’ve got some great people around me with the same direction, and that’s why I’m so confident.”
Ryan, who went 46-50 with the Jets, replaces Doug Marrone and will be Buffalo’s eighth head coach in the past 18 years. He will report directly to owner Terry Pegula.
“This guy right here tells his Realtor, ‘Where does the most snow fall in the area? I want to live there,'” Pegula said Wednesday. “I mean, how Buffalo is that?”
In a one-on-one interview with ESPN’s Michele Steele, Ryan confirmed that’s what he said.
“Absolutely. That’s a true statement,” Ryan said Wednesday. “[Are we going to see you on a snowmobile at some point?] Yeah, I don’t know how effective I’m gonna be at that or whatever, but yeah, that’s it. I want to be … this is the community we live in, and we’re gonna embrace that. Yeah, wherever that snow dumps the most, that’s where I want to live.”
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