Ryan has already started to put together his coaching staff; as he has tabbed San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman to be his offensive coordinator, and as Kimberly Jones of the NFL Network has reported on Monday night, Ryan will hire Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman to be his defensive coordinator in Buffalo.
Dennis Thurman is Rex Ryan's DC in Buffalo. That expectation was noted here Sunday morning.— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) January 13, 2015
Thurman, who has taken the defensive coordinator job in 2013, will now take over a defense that was ranked fourth in the NFL under now former coordinator Jim Schwartz, who as of now, will be looking for work elsewhere with this hiring.
Before being promoted to defensive coordinator, Thurman was the Jets defensive backs coach from 2008-2012. Before that, Thurman spent four years on the Baltimore Ravens as part of Brian Billick's coaching staff, one which Ryan was the defensive coordinator for until 2007. Thurman left to go to the Jets, while Ryan was rehired by new Ravens head coach Jim Harbaugh, but eventually worked together again in 2009.Read more... Join the Conversation...