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ESPN makes Rex Ryan joining ‘Sunday NFL Countdown’ official

Rex Ryan has been officially named as an incoming new analyst on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” program, per an announcement by the network.

“Rex is authentic — what you see is what you get, and that will be great for our viewers on Sunday NFL Countdown. We also look forward to the insight and perspective he will bring to the show as an NFL coach who has worked in the league for two decades,” Seth Markman, the senior coordinating producer for ESPN’s NFL studio shows, said in the statement, via ESPN.

Ryan’s name instantly became a hot commodity in media circles upon his dismissal by the Buffalo Bills in late December following two nondescript seasons. Ryan had an audition of sorts with ESPN when he joined the network’s “NFL Countdown” coverage of Super Bowl LI.

Ryan certainly has the knowledge and football acumen — not to mention the gift of gab — to serve as both a competent and entertaining analyst. Although it should be noted that his oft-unfiltered and frequently brash style may end up making ESPN producers nervous at times. But that’s not to say a Ryan-ESPN pairing won’t end up being a perfect match.

“This is going to be a new experience for me and I am really excited about it. I’ve been a coach for 30 years and I’ve been around football my entire life. I’m passionate about the game — just like the fans are, and I’ve coached in the league for a long time, so that’s the perspective I will bring to ESPN. I’m just going to show up and be myself and have fun with it,” Ryan said in a statement.

Ryan’s first official appearance as an ESPN regular comes this upcoming weekend when he will be in the booth at Saturday’s Florida State spring game.

The former NFL coach also serve as a contributor on “SportsCenter,” ESPN Radio and other ESPN platforms as part of his duties with the network, according to the announcement.

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