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Super Bowl LI: Former Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan has a new job

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Super Bowl LI: Former Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan has a new job
Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan reacts on the sidelines after his team gets a first down in the 4th quarter against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on November 12, 2015. The Bills defeated the Jets 22-17. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Former NFL head coach Rex Ryan will join ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown" as an analyst for the network's Super Bowl LI coverage.

Ryan will appear from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET on Super Bowl Sunday in advance of the game between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons, ESPN announced Monday.

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Ryan coached against the Patriots in the AFC East over the past eight seasons as head coach of the Buffalo Bills (2015-16) and New York Jets (2009-14).

"Rex is a great personality and has a unique perspective," ESPN senior coordinating producer Seth Markman told Sports Business Daily. "He knows the Patriots really well. He's raring to go."

Sports Business Daily reported that CBS, Fox and NFL Network also reached out to Ryan to serve as an analyst following his firing in December.

The deal only covers Super Bowl Sunday, but it makes ESPN a front-runner to sign Ryan to a longer deal if he is unable to find a coaching job he likes, according to Sports Business Daily.

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The 54-year-old Ryan was fired by the Bills with one game remaining in the 2016 season after posting a 15-16 record over two years with the team.

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