Wednesday, February 19, 2014

CBS pregame show wanted Rex Ryan if Jets didn't


Rex Ryan has plenty of personality. For now, that personality will remain in the locker room and on the sideline.

The soon-to-be sixth-year New York Jets head coach signed a contract extension last month, keeping him at his current post for the forseeable future.

If Ryan, however, didn't make it to 2014 with the Jets and somehow couldn't find another coaching gig, there reportedly was a chair waiting for him on CBS's NFL pregame show.

CBS is making some changes to its lineup this year, according to The Big Lead, and Ryan was on the network's radar as a potential replacement:
* One source said that CBS had been hoping to land Rex Ryan if the Jets had fired their coach. He was a perfect fit for CBS – proximity to New York, knowledge of the AFC, and his blustery nature. . . . There’s a chance both Ryan and [Peyton] Manning would be available after the 2014 season. Or neither could be. Then is CBS stuck with the same group for two more years?
Ryan burst on the scene as a big-talking coach the second he took the podium for his very first press conference as Gang Green's head coach in 2009. His personality was on full display the following year, as the team's training camp was documented on HBO's Hard Knocks, though he's toned it down a bit since.

Check out Jason McIntyre's story on CBS's moves here, which have been confirmed by the network.

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