- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills have officially announced they’ve hired Rex Ryan to take over as coach.

The announcement was made in a release issued by the team Monday, a day after the former New York Jets coach accepted the Bills contract offer. Ryan replaces Doug Marrone, who stepped down abruptly on Dec. 31.

Bills owner Terry Pegula credited Ryan for bringing “a well of experience and enthusiasm,” in a statement released by the team.

Ryan had a 50-52 record, including 4-2 in the playoffs, in six seasons coaching the Bills‘ AFC East rival. He was fired along with general manager John Idzik following a 4-12 finish last season.

The Bills interviewed 12 candidates for the position before identifying Ryan as a finalist on Saturday.

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