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Rex Ryan getting long second interview with Bills

Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York

Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets celebrates with players and coaches following a win over the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on Dec. 28, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Fla. Credit: Getty Images / Mike Ehrmann

Rex Ryan reportedly had his second interview with the Buffalo Bills on Saturday night about the team's head-coaching vacancy, and according to, their meeting will last into Sunday.

Ryan has been a hot commodity since the Jets fired him and general manager John Idzik on Dec. 29. In addition to the Bills, Ryan has interviewed with the 49ers and Falcons about their head-coaching vacancies.

ESPN and reported this past week that Ryan would like to have former Bears coach Marc Trestman as his offensive coordinator if he gets a head-coaching job.

Trestman was fired the same day as Ryan after the Bears finished 5-11 and missed the playoffs for the fourth straight season.

But despite the struggles of quarterback Jay Cutler in 2014, Trestman has long had a reputation of being a quarterback whisperer. And one of the biggest knocks on Ryan during his six years with the Jets was his perceived lack of interest in their struggling offense.

The Bills reportedly have interviewed 12 candidates for the head-coaching job vacated by Doug Marrone: Mike and Kyle Shanahan, Frank Reich, Jim Schwartz, Hue Jackson, Greg Roman, Teryl Austin, Darrell Bevell, Dan Quinn, Adam Gase, Pat Shurmur and Ryan.

According to Buffalo radio station WGR, Ryan is the first of the candidates to be asked back for a second interview with Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula, general manager Doug Whaley and president Russ Brandon.

WGR also reported that the interest between Ryan and the Bills "is mutual."

But Ryan is very interested in landing the Falcons' head-coaching job, according to sources.

It's unclear if a deal is imminent, but should the Bills offer Ryan the job, he'll have to decide whether he wants to inherit a situation similar to the one he left with the Jets.

The Bills have a very good defense and a lot of question marks at quarterback.

Marrone, who opted out of his contract on New Year's Eve, benched first-round draft pick EJ Manuel in favor of Kyle Orton this season. But Orton has now retired, and the Bills likely will turn back to Manuel in 2015.

Kubiak free to talk

Gary Kubiak can start returning calls now.

The Baltimore offensive coordinator's schedule cleared up last night with the Ravens' 35-31 loss to New England in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs.

The Jets put in a request to interview Kubiak, who has drawn considerable interest from other NFL teams.

Jets owner Woody Johnson appears to be closing in on Texans director of college scouting Mike Maccagnan as his new general manager, and according to sources, Johnson and consultants Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf have identified two front-runners for their head-coaching vacancy: Quinn, the Seahawks' defensive coordinator, and Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.

It'll be interesting to see what transpires in the next day or so.

With the Ravens' postseason run over, Kubiak has the option to take interviews or stay in Baltimore.

With the Seahawks beating the Carolina Panthers in an NFC divisional playoff game Saturday night, Johnson & Co. could: 1) wait until Seattle's postseason run is over; 2) hire Bowles; or 3) wait to make a decision until after they've met with Kubiak.

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