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Rex Ryan will report directly to Bills owner Terry Pegula

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- New Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan will report directly to owner Terry Pegula, the team announced at Ryan's introductory news conference Wednesday.

"Rex, [president] Russ [Brandon] and [general manager] Doug [Whaley] will report to Kim [Pegula] and myself and that’s the way we’re going to have it moving forward," Terry Pegula said. "I believe in everyone. ... I think I’ve said this in the past: My style of business is that no one should be afraid to say anything so we will welcome input from anybody; the coach, the GM, the president, myself, Kim and that’s how we’re going to move forward.

"You should never be afraid to say anything. I don’t care if it’s sports or other business."

Whaley will retain control of the 53-man roster, with Ryan having control over the 46-man game-day roster and his coaching staff.

Brandon will oversee business operations, administration operations and football administration budgets, Brandon said.

"As Terry said earlier and as Coach said, it’s not only one direction, it’s one mindset and we’ll be in lock-step in everything that we do as an organization," Brandon said.

Earlier this month, Terry Pegula pursued ESPN NFL analyst Bill Polian to have an oversight role over the front office but Polian eventually declined to join the team.

"Yes, I talked to Bill Polian," Pegula said Wednesday. "I talked to guys that I know in the league. It’s not only Bill. That got blown way out of proportion."