How's this for an interesting twist?
The Bills are now reportedly looking to set up an interview with former Jets coach Rex Ryan, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. NFL.com reported Tuesday night that Ryan will meet with CBS on Wednesday and then interview with the Bills on Thursday.
Ryan, who spent six years as Jets coach, was fired the day after their 4-12 season ended. Since then, he's interviewed with the 49ers and met with the Falcons on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Jets have interviewed several candidates to replace Ryan, including former Bills coach Doug Marrone.
Though Marrone is one of the front-runners for the Jets' job, it's far too early to assume he'll replace Ryan. Nevertheless, the prospect of these two AFC East rivals swapping head coaches is intriguing.
Marrone went 15-17 in his two seasons with the Bills but guided them to a 9-7 finish in 2014, their first winning season since 2004. Two of those wins were blowout victories over Ryan's Jets.
The Bills have reportedly interviewed former Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich (who is set to meet with the Jets on Wednesday), Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn (who met with the Jets on Saturday). The Bills are also scheduled to interview Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.
On Tuesday, the Buffalo News reported that Bills general manager Doug Whaley has informed coaching candidates that he wants to move forward with EJ Manuel as their quarterback.
Marrone benched Manuel during the season in favor of journeyman Kyle Orton. And shortly after Orton made the surprising announcement to retire, Marrone chose to opt out of his contract with the Bills.