Rex Ryan said there would be changes when the Bills were eliminated from the playoffs. You figured heads would roll. Instead, Ryan was allowed to roll in a bunch of his old pals.
First it was his brother, Rob. Then Ed Reed. Now, it’s Kathryn Smith, the first female assistant coach in NFL history. Smith will handle quality control duties for embattled special teams coach Danny Crossman.
Smith had been Ryan’s administrative assistant, a glorified secretary. She served that role with the Jets in 2014 after spending seven years as a personnel assistant. Her new role involves breaking down film for Crossman.
The NFL has pushed teams to hire females for traditional football roles. It’s a good PR move for the Bills, however cosmetic. It reflects well on owner Kim Pegula, who needs to be more visible as one of the league’s few female owners.
Smith never played football and has never coached. I’ve read two books on Ryan and her name was never mentioned. But when a team has missed the playoffs for 16 straight years, any sort of progressive vision is welcome.
Power Takes are opinion blasts from Bucky, Sully & members of The News’ sports staff -- three will appear in Wednesday’s and Friday’s sports sections.
Today’s Power Takes
• Tim Graham’s Power Take: When it comes to equity, a big gender gap still exists
• Bucky Gleason’s Power Take: There’s no comparison between Bird and Melo
• Jerry Sullivan’s Power Take: Kathryn Smith’s promotion wins public-relations points