Rex Ryan with the New York Jets
Oct 5, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan slams a cup of water down during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Reuters

Rex Ryan is set to become the Buffalo Bills head coach while Greg Roman, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, will be the offensive coordinator for the team, according to reports on Sunday.

According to an report,the Bills will hire Ryan with a salary of $5.5 million per year or $27.5M over 5 years after interviewing as many as 12 candidates for the head coaching job previously held by Doug Marrone, who opted out of the contract after spending time in Buffalo as the mentor in 2013-2014. The move is considered a good one for the Bills, which had to contend with the Atlanta Falcons, which also interviewed Ryan the past weeks. Ryan is expected to get back defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz to the team.

Roman is credited for helping develop Colin Kaepernick, who is considered one of the best dual quarterbacks in the league. Roman and Ryan will work with the Bills featuring a line-up of quarterback E.J. Manuel, wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, defensive end Mario Williams at defensive end, defensive tackles Marcell Dareus Kyle Williams centre Eric Wood among others expected to return to the Bills line-up next season.

Ryan has been with the New York Jets in the previous five seasons from 2009 to 2014. He began his coaching career as assistant coach for various
collegiate squads from 1987 to 1999. He moved to the National Football League (NFL) as a defensive coach for the Baltimore Ravens from 1999 to 2008.

The Bills missed the postseason this year even after posting a winning record of 9-7. The Bills ranked 18th in total passing yards averaging 225.9 per game and 25th in total rushing yards averaging 92.6 per game. The Bills were one of the better teams in holding opponents’ yardage in the 2014-2015 season. They allowed 205.8 passing yards per outing or third best in the league and 106.4 rushing yards per outing or 11th best in the league. Overall, the Bills allowed 312.2 or fourth best in the league.

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