After two surprising trips to the AFC championship game during his first two years, Rex Ryan quickly settled into everything a Miami Dolphins fan would want out of a New York Jets head coach. The man was practically a caricature of what we imagine their fan base to be: portly, loudmouthed, and incompetent.
Remember that time he flipped off Fins fans and got finned $50,000? Or those rumors about his foot fetish? Or his strange-ass tattoo? What magical moments for all Jets-hating Dolphins fans. What great times. We were sad to see him finally fired, to be honest.
And yet, today the internet is awash with rumors that the Fins have offered Ryan a job as defensive coordinator.
Those rumors seems shaky at best.
National Football Post reported that Ryan was offered $8 million on a multi-year contract to become the team's DC. This despite the fact that current defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle has not officially been fired despite deserving his fair share of blame for the Fins' continual mediocrity.
However, the Miami Herald reports that the Dolpins have not in fact reached out to Ryan, and that Ryan would either prefer to take another head-coaching job or explore opportunities in television.
So, this is probably just a rumor, but who knows.
Despite his mixed results with the Jets, Ryan was previously known as a blue-chip defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens and won multiple accolades during his time there from 2005 to 2008.
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Which is to say, if a team is looking for a new DC, he might be one of the best possible targets.
And yet, he's still easily hatable Rex Ryan. Then again, despite being arch rivals, the Jets and Fins do have a weird history of exchanging talent and coaches. After all, after getting fired as the Fins head coach, Tony Sparano hightailed it to Jersey to be Ryan's offensive coordinator.