Unless you’re a fan of jokes that start with “this just in …” prepare to be disappointed by Rex Ryan’s next act.
The former Buffalo Bills coach has made the transition most expected he would after getting canned. He’ll start a career as a TV talking head Saturday when he works the Florida State spring game for ESPN.
In announcing Ryan’s hire, producer Seth Markman described Ryan as “authentic.” Maybe that’s what Markman thought when Ryan was spewing every four-letter word under the sun to his team for a Bills-produced show before the start of last season.
That, of course, won’t fly at the worldwide leader. Ryan’s reputation as some no-nonsense, straight shooter was mostly formed by his propensity to say whatever was on his mind – no matter how many times he stuck his foot in his mouth.
But toward the end of his stays in both Buffalo and New York, when it was abundantly clear change was coming, Rex all of a sudden buttoned up.
Is he truly going to speak his mind on ESPN? Or will he bite his tongue in hopes of landing another coaching gig down the road? I’d bet on the latter.