Former Bills coach Rex Ryan has transitioned to a job as an analyst for ESPN and says if he's done with coaching then "so be it."
But like most former coaches, Ryan isn't closing the door on the possibility of walking the sideline again.
"You have to be open to any possibility," Ryan told NFL.com. "It's got to be the right situation, because I'm happy where I'm at. But if the right situation did come along, absolutely you'd have to consider it."
While Ryan said the time off "might be the best thing that could have happened to me," because he needed to recharge, he is also clear that if he coached again, he would approach it differently. He acknowledged he "could have done better" at getting everyone on the same page.
"Maybe I'd come at it with a different perspective," Ryan said. "I understand that you need to get people who are as loyal as hell, pulling in the same direction. This is no slight to Buffalo and New York, but it's just something you have to make sure gets done. ... As a head coach, it's my job to make sure everyone pulls in the same direction. Players, coaches, front office. It's a lot easier said than done."
And Ryan says if you are worried about him pulling punches or not speaking his mind in TV in order not to jeopardize a future coaching opportunity, don't be. Rex will always be Rex.
"So many times, I notice nobody will say a bad word about a team or situation because they're worried about their next job," Ryan said. "I'm not worried about that. I'm confident that I will be employed again [as a coach] or I'll just stay with ESPN. They always say, 'be yourself.' OK, I'm myself."