Dec. 29, 2016
Bad Luck Ryan Brothers Fired From the Buffalo Bills
The Ryan brothers (Rob and Rex) have experienced a number of coaching struggles in the NFL. Early this week the Buffalo Bills organization has relieved Rex and Rob Ryan of their duties. As the playoff picture gets smaller and smaller upon teams being eliminated, several coaching staff have been fired. The Buffalo Bills are now 7-8 after after an overtime loss (34-31) to the Dolphins in week 16.
The Bills have confirmed the decision to get rid of Rex and Rob on Twitter. Bills owner Terry Pegula released a statement:
"I spoke with Rex earlier today and we mutually agreed that the time to part ways is now. These decisions are never easy. I want to take this opportunity to thank Rex for all his efforts and wish him all the best moving forward.
Kim and I and our entire Bills organization share in the same disappointment and frustration as our fans, but we remain committed to our goal of bringing a championship to Western New York."
CBSSports reported on the issues that were occurring within the organization:
"Ryan's relationship with general manager Doug Whaley and other Bills executives has always been rocky, and that has continued through this season. The front office continues to maintain that the team has superior talent than the results indicate, a message that has been repeated to owner Terry Pegula regularly."
"I like Rex personally," Bills star Marcell Dareus said, per Josina Anderson of ESPN. "I don’t like to see anyone get fired. At the same time I feel like everybody’s job is on the line. Everyone is fighting for their positions; so, we're at a point where we have to make a change."
Rex and Rob Ryan were brought on to improve the team. Their record of 7-8 this season did not reflect much change at all. The offense was above average scoring 12th in points and 13th in total yardage, but their defense was slightly below average finishing 15th and 19th in those same positions.
Rex Ryan was already noticeably struggling week one of 2016. There was little offensive production. Then week 2 the defense was starting to fall apart. It was obvious that Ryan did not spend enough time bringing in and organizing more defensive talent.
The Bills started 0-2 but managed to bounce back with four wins making their season look promising. It was the the three straight losses weeks 7-9 that shrunk their chances of making playoffs. Finishing with a record below .500 had Rex Ryan on the hot seat for a while.
Including this season Rex Ryan has not led his team to the playoffs. None of his records over the course of the last six seasons was above 8-8. He only saw the playoffs twice with a record of 9-7 in 2009 and 11-5 in 2010. Those years the team lost in the AFC divisional round.
He may not get another good head coach position, but he is still considered a great defensive minded coach. His aggressive tactics could late him a spot as defensive coordinator. Expect more coaches and coordinators to be dismissed this week. Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn will serve as interim head coach for the Bills.