Rex Ryan named new Bills' head coach

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Former New York Jets' coach Rex Ryan has been officially named on Monday as the new Buffalo Bills' head coach and the 18th head coach in franchise history. He is also the father of Clemson walk-on wide receiver Seth Ryan.

"Following an extensive search, we are pleased today to announce that Rex Ryan is our new head coach. Rex brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the position that we feel will be a tremendous benefit to our players and the entire Bills organization. He was very impressive during the interview process, as were many of the candidates to which we spoke, and we feel Rex is the best fit for our team. We look forward to his leadership and expertise in directing our team to the playoffs and bringing a championship to Buffalo for our fans," Bills owner Terry Pegula said in a team press release.

The contract is reportedly for five years and approximately $5.5M per season.

Ryan spent the last six seasons with the Jets where he had 50 wins which was third-best in franchise history.

He will be coaching former Tigers including Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Wide Receiver (2011 - 2013)
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Fort Myers, FL

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and Jonathan MeeksJonathan Meeks
Safety (2009 - 2012)
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and possibly Chris HairstonChris Hairston
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and C.J. SpillerC.J. Spiller
Pro Running Back
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if they re-sign with the Bills during the free agency period.

Ryan went to several games and practices the last few years cheering on his son and the Clemson program.

Star receiver Sammy Watkins appears to be happy with Ryan as the new head coach of the Buffalo Bills posting ‘Can’t wait, gotta love REX RYAN,’ to his Instagram account.

Can't wait gotta love REX RYAN ??????

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