|Years Coached||Record||Win %||Playoff record||Playoff win %|
Brian Billick, John Harbaugh, Buddy Ryan
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Rex Ryan was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1994 to 2016, finishing his career as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills. Over his twenty years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 164-156-0. During his career he was a head coach for eight seasons, first with the New York Jets. He led the Jets for six seasons, compiling a record of 46-50-0. He was fired from the Jets on Monday, December 29, 2014. His next head coaching stint was with the Buffalo Bills from 2015 to 2016, as he led the team to a 15-17-0 record. He was fired from the Bills on Tuesday, December 27, 2016. During his entire head coaching career, his two teams combined for a record of 61-67-0 across eight seasons including going 4-2-0 in the playoffs.
Ryan's coaching style was focused around an agressive defense and strong run game. His defense mainly focused around a 3-4 Defense (three defensive lineman and four linebackers). His strategies were most most evident in his first two seasons with the New York Jets when the team finished first and fourth in rushing yards. Additionally, his defenses often ranked toward the very top of the league.
One other notable trait of Ryan's strategy was willing to defer the coin toss to put his defense out on the field first to set the tone of the game.
During the 2013 season as the head coach of the New York Jets he coached Sheldon Richardson to the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Rex Ryan Coaching Tree
Before he was a head coach, Ryan served as an assistant coach for Buddy Ryan, Brian Billick, and John Harbaugh. Nine of these years were spent on Billick's coaching staff. During his time as head coach, two assistant coaches, (Mike Pettine and Anthony Lynn) on his coaching staff were hired as head coaches across the league. His coaching tree has combined for a record of 43-53-0 in the regular season and 1-1 in the playoffs during their six seasons as head coach after serving on his coaching staffs.
Ryan was born on Thursday, December 13, 1962 in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Rex and Rob Ryan both graduated from Southwest college Oklahoma State before embarking on their own respective coaching careers. Rex and his wife Michelle have two sons, Payton and Seth. Seth has since begun his own NFL coaching career, getting his start with the Los Angeles Chargers in 2019.
|2016 Buffalo Bills||Head Coach||7-8-0||0-0|
|2015 Buffalo Bills||Head Coach||8-8-0||0-0|
|2014 New York Jets||Head Coach||4-12-0||0-0|
|2013 New York Jets||Head Coach||8-8-0||0-0|
|2012 New York Jets||Head Coach||6-10-0||0-0|
|2011 New York Jets||Head Coach||8-8-0||0-0|
|2010 New York Jets||Head Coach||11-5-0||2-1|
|2009 New York Jets||Head Coach||9-7-0||2-1|
|2008 Baltimore Ravens||Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator||11-5-0||2-1|
|2007 Baltimore Ravens||Defensive Coordinator||5-11-0||0-0|
|2006 Baltimore Ravens||Defensive Coordinator||13-3-0||0-1|
|2005 Baltimore Ravens||Defensive Coordinator||6-10-0||0-0|
|2004 Baltimore Ravens||Defensive Line Coach||9-7-0||0-0|
|2003 Baltimore Ravens||Defensive Line Coach||10-6-0||0-1|
|2002 Baltimore Ravens||Defensive Line Coach||7-9-0||0-0|
|2001 Baltimore Ravens||Defensive Line Coach||10-6-0||1-1|
|2000 Baltimore Ravens||Defensive Line Coach||12-4-0||4-0|
|1999 Baltimore Ravens||Defensive Line Coach||8-8-0||0-0|
|1998 Oklahoma Sooners||Defensive Coordinator||5-6-0|
|1997 Cincinnati Bearcats||Defensive Coordinator||8-4-0|
|1996 Cincinnati Bearcats||Defensive Coordinator||6-5-0|
|1995 Arizona Cardinals||Linebackers Coach||4-12-0||0-0|
|1994 Arizona Cardinals||Defensive Line Coach||8-8-0||0-0|
|1989 New Mexico Highlands University||Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator|
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- His father (Buddy Ryan) and twin brother (Rob Ryan) coached in the NFL.
- All three coached together with the Arizona Cardinals in 1994 and 1995.
- Years as head coach: 8
- Years as a coordinator: 4
- Championships won: 2000
- Conference Championships won: 2000
- Third in total wins for the New York Jets.
- Fifth in winning percentage for the New York Jets.
- Most playoff wins in New York Jets history (4)
- Past teams coached for: Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Arizona Cardinals
- Family Members: Buddy Ryan, Father; Rob Ryan, Brother; and Seth Ryan, Son
- Date of Birth: Thursday, December 13, 1962 (60 years old), Ardmore, Oklahoma