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Rex Ryan passes on chance to give defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman a vote of confidence

The Buffalo Bills' season-ending press conference was long on generalities and short on specifics.

For reporters sifting through nearly 45 minutes of comments from General Manager Doug Whaley and head coach Rex Ryan, finding worthwhile nuggets of information was mostly a fruitless endeavor.

There was, however, one particular point that raised eyebrows. Ryan was asked specifically if defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman would return to the team in the same role next season. With an opportunity to talk up Thurman given to him on a tee, Ryan refused to swing.

"I don't want to say anything until we talk to our coaches," Ryan said. "Some coaches may want to be here, may not want to be here, whatever it is."

As far as votes of confidence go, that's not exactly concrete.

Ryan did confirm that assistant head coach/running backs coach Anthony Lynn will interview for the Miami Dolphins' head coaching job on Wednesday. To this point, he's been the only Bills assistant coach other teams have requested permission to interview for openings.

"Is there a chance Greg Roman, somebody else, may get opportunities? I hope so," Ryan said. "That would be fantastic."

Ryan's brother, Rob, was fired earlier this season as the New Orleans Saints' defensive coordinator. On Monday, the Cleveland Browns fired head coach Mike Pettine, Rex Ryan's former defensive coordinator with the New York Jets.

Naturally, that has led some to connect the dots that Ryan would want to add them to his staff in Buffalo.

"There's going to be a lot of really good coaches out there. Unfortunately, that's the nature of the business," Ryan said. "I recognize Mike Pettine, my brother, they're great coaches, but you know, we're just now going through the process of talking to and evaluation our coaches and how we move forward, so I don't think it's fair to comment on other coaches."

Ryan said the process of evaluating his current coaching staff will begin Tuesday.

"Like anything else, you evaluate where you're at," Ryan said. "You know, what was good, what's not working, all those types of things."



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