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Subject: Re: The Bills will pay Rex $16.9 million

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Date Posted: 19:31:09 12/27/16 Tue
In reply to: sparman 's message, "Re: The Bills will pay Rex $16.9 million" on 17:42:20 12/27/16 Tue

Irrational optimism is a powerful influence on human behavior. The Bills committed to a contract two years ago which was way richer than it had to be because, in their own minds, they had to confirm and ratify their decision that Ryan was the best choice.

It's not like the world was rushing to hire Ryan. The Jets had just fired him. He needed a job. The Bills probably could have offered him a one-year contract and had him happily accept it, much like Fitzpatrick ultimately accepted a one-year deal from the Jets.

I believe that 2016 was the final season that Notre Dame paid Charlie Weis and I further believe that Kansas is still paying him.

Irrational optimism is a powerful influence in other spheres. Before Trump's election, many market prognosticators opined that a Trump victory would lead to a 5-10% correction in US equities. Instead, they've rallied about 8% on optimism that everything potentially good will come to pass: deregulation, lower taxes, steeper yield curve, repatriation of foreign cash, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny.

Optimism. Ain't it great?

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Date Posted: 22:32:54 12/27/16 Tue

It's all about branding. Rex Ryan was a brand as was his father going back to the '86 Bears. My guess is that hiring a brand name coach for a small town franchise like the Bills was big news. There was success in his background but now that success is farther and farther in the past and his brand is severely tarnished. Without a big re-branding as a successful coordinator somewhere, he's done.

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Date Posted: 20:48:37 12/29/16 Thu

Rex was a much better defensive coordinator than head coach. That's how it works out sometimes, people think just because a guy is a successful coordinator he would make a good head coach.

Ironically, Rob Ryan has always been a mediocre defensive coordinator and he was never asked to be a head coach even by his main benefactor Al Davis. Rob also is more of a loose cannon than Rex. Both have more than worn out their welcome in the NFL.

Also, Buddy Ryan was not a great head coach either. He did ok with Philly but his "Buddy Bull" act wore thin in Arizona.

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