Oct 11, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan prior to the game against the Tennessee TItans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
3. Rex Ryan vs. Marvin Lewis
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Rex Ryan and Marvin Lewis have been two of the NFL’s best coaches so far in the 2015 season. Marvin Lewis and Rex Ryan also have a history; they both were both on the Super Bowl Champion 2000 Ravens’ coaching squad under Brian Billick. Marvin Lewis was the team’s defensive coordinator for six seasons, while Rex Ryan worked under Lewis as a defensive line coach. After Lewis left to become a head coach in Cincinnati and his successor, Mike Nolan, left for San Francisco, Rex Ryan took over as the defensive coordinator of the Ravens in 2005. He remained with Baltimore, surviving a purge of the team’s entire coaching staff, until 2008. Afterwards, he became the Jets’ head coach and has been a head coach since.
Both of these coaches know each other well; they’re both fantastic defensive minds and have the personnel to harass their respective opponents all game long. Both coaches have instilled a swagger in their respective locker rooms that is very evident on the field; Rex’s Bills are ultra-aggressive and can instill fear in any quarterback, while Lewis’ Bengals are resilient and don’t crumble no matter how much they may trail by.
Ryan and Lewis are both great coaches, so this matchup could just come down to coaching, plain and simple. Lewis’ staff may have the upper-hand here because of the fact that they’ve been together for a year longer than Ryan’s staff, but home-field advantage could also play a huge advantage for the Bills.
Regardless of the victor, this should be a crazy game.