After a round of coach firings in the NFL, ESPN appears poised to snap up one of the ousted coaches as an on-air personality and analyst. TheWrap.com reports that the sports net is in talks with New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, who was fired Monday.
Ryan, known as a defensive mastermind, was one of the casualties of what’s being called “Black Monday,” when four NFL coaches and two general managers were fired within 24 hours of the conclusion of the league’s regular season.
ESPN is interested in bringing on Ryan for a full-time, long-term role, the story reports. He also might join for this postseason and leave for another NFL coaching role next season.
ESPN had no comment on the discussions.
“Both Ryan and Jets General Manager John Idzik were let go on Monday following their team’s 4-12 season. Under Ryan, the Jets missed the playoffs each of the past four seasons, but he previously led the team to two AFC Championship Games,” the story notes.
Also among the league’s high-profile exits were San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman and GM Phil Emery, and Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith.