Less than 24 hours after the Washington Redskins announced that defensive coordinator Joe Barry will not be remaining with the team, the candidate list for his replacement has already shrunk.
Rex Ryan became a popular name to circulate around the district that could possibly join the team after being fired as the Buffalo Bills head coach at the end of the season. CSN's Chick Hernandez reports that Ryan plans on moving a different direction in 2017 and take a stab at television.
Don't look for Rex Ryan to be next D.C. w/Skins. Source tells me Ryan plans on doing TV next year and wait for another HC gig. #HTTR— Chick Hernandez (@MrChickSports) January 6, 2017
The NFL journeyman, has coached for four different teams, twice as an assistant and his two most recent stints being the head coach for the Jets and Bills. Always known for his hot-takes behind the microphone, Ryan became a successful defensive specialist in the league while being a 'players coach.' He won a Super Bowl title with the Ravens in 2001 while working as the defensive line coach and made it to the AFC Championship twice as the Jets head coach with Mark Sanchez as his starting quarterback.
While Ryan may not have been a legitmate candidate to join the Redskins coaching staff, there are still plenty of quality, big-name candidates left available for Washington.