The convention wisdom within TV circles is that former Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan would make a compelling analyst. And now that he has some free time, there’s interest from as many as three networks. The Sporting News reports that ESPN, NFL Network and Fox are open to bringing in Sexy Rexy.
In the short term, Ryan could join one of the networks to help handicap the playoffs. In the long run, Ryan would have options either joining one of the many NFL TV partners’ studio shows or becoming a game analyst.
The networks would certainly covet having Ryan as part of their roster of announcers. Three networks have issued statements to the Sporting News on the potential of bringing Rex on board:
ESPN: “Rex is an accomplished coach and one of the most engaging personalities in the NFL. We always keep an eye out for new faces who know the game and will appeal to fans. If Rex is considering TV work, we’d be interested in talking to him.”
Fox: “FOX Sports is committed to bringing viewers the most unique and well-informed perspectives in sports and will always remain open to new voices who can elevate our coverage.”
NFL Network: “As the only network 100% dedicated to the NFL, we always have an interest in talking with former coaches or players who show an interest in the media side of the business.”
NBC declined to comment on the possibility of hiring Ryan.
So there won’t be any shortage of offers to Ryan should he decide to go to television as a second career. And if he doesn’t go to TV for the playoffs, there’s no doubt that the aforementioned networks would court Ryan for a position for the 2017-18 season.
Ryan may not have too many opportunities to coach, but TV will be wide open for him should he decide to enter the sports media realm.