Nov 20, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bills won 16-12. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
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DALLAS — Rex Ryan has not coached in the NFL in over a decade. But he might be making his return.
CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson reports the Cowboys interviewed Ryan for their defensive coordinator vacancy on Wednesday.
Dallas is in need of a defensive coordiantor after Dan Quinn left to become the coach of the Washington Commanders and the former Jets head coach seems like the logical landing spot.
It’s not the first time teams have kicked the tires on Rex. Before being hired as a head coach by the Jets in 2009, Ryan spent 10 years with the Ravens and was their defensive coordinator for four of those seasons. He was rumored to be a top candidate for the Broncos’ defensive coordinator position last offseason before the team opted to go with Vance Joseph.
Ryan, 61, last coach for the Bills in 2016. He was fired with one game left in his second season. But he’d had success as a head coach. Ryan took the Jets to two AFC Championship Games while going 46-50 over six seasons. He’s been an NFL analyst for ESPN ever since.
The Cowboys have also interviewed former Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and just-fired Commanders coach Ron Rivera for the position, according to reports.
For now? “Sexy Rexy” will have to stay patient.