Football fans have been interested to see what kind of broadcast analyst Rex Ryan will be.
Bills fans wish it would have happened sooner than this, but he reportedly is expected to make his real-game debut on one of TV's biggest stages, opening week on "Monday Night Football."
As always seems the case with Ryan, the game will have a gimmicky feel to it. Sports Illustrated media columnist Richard Deitsch reported ESPN plans to use Beth Mowins in the play-by-play seat.
Extra attention will be paid because a woman has called one regular-season game in NFL history, and that was three decades ago.
Ryan is a fantastic storyteller. He has a humorous or historic anecdote for almost any occasion. In that sense, Ryan shouldn't disappoint in his post-coaching life.
Where he'll likely struggle in the beginning is when criticizing players and coaching decisions. When Ryan provided commentary for Florida State's spring game, he pulled punches and provided low-quality insight on the action.
ESPN's talent evaluators must coach him up.
Ryan's history suggests he'll figure out his role. We saw on "Hard Knocks" and at the Bills' introductory news conference he thrives when the cameras are on him. Much more effectively than when he had to coach.