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Rex Ryan interviews with CBS, will meet with Bills Thursday

Rex Ryan shouts to his team during the

Rex Ryan shouts to his team during the first half of a game against the Carolina Panthers. (Dec. 15, 2013) Credit: AP

Rex Ryan has made it clear he's ready to become coach for another NFL team after being fired last week by the Jets. But just in case Ryan doesn't land one of the jobs he like, there's always a TV gig.

The former Jets coach, who was fired after six seasons on the job, interviewed with CBS officials in New York on Wednesday. The affable Ryan, whose charismatic personality makes him a natural for television, met with ESPN executives early last week.

But his first preference is remaining in the NFL as a head coach, and he already has been interviewed by the 49ers and Falcons. Next up on the coaching circuit: Buffalo.

Ryan will become the latest to interview for the Bills' job that was left vacant last week when Doug Marrone opted out of his contract. Ryan is expected to be interviewed by the Bills on Thursday.

The only teams with coaching vacancies that have not currently expressed an interest in Ryan are the Raiders and Bears.

Ryan met for several hours on Tuesday with Falcons officials who are looking for a replacement for Mike Smith, who was fired after Atlanta completed its second straight losing season.

The Falcons appear to be a good fit for Ryan, who had trouble developing quarterbacks during his run with the Jets. Atlanta needs help on defense, which is Ryan's forte, but have a franchise-caliber quarterback in Matt Ryan to run the offense.

The Bills are more like the Jets teams that Ryan coached: good defense, questionable quarterback. EJ Manuel was benched early in the season by Marrone, who replaced him with veteran Kyle Orton. Buffalo went on to a 9-7 record, its first winning season since 2004.

Manuel is expected to enter next season as the Bills' starter after Orton announced his retirement the day after the regular season ended.

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