The Buffalo Bills didn’t even wait until Black Monday to move on from head coach Rex Ryan. On December 27th, following their disappointing loss to the Miami Dolphins, the Bills fired Ryan. Rex’s brother Rob, who was employed as the team’s assistant head coach, was also let go.
Rex won 15 games in his two years as head coach of the Bills. He finished last season 8-8 and this year, before being relieved of his duties prior to the team’s 16th game, was 7-8.
While some don’t believe Ryan was given a long enough shot to enact true change in Buffalo, others feel the Bills’ roster is too talented for the mediocre record they’ve posted these past 2 years. Its fan base has suffered without a playoff appearance for too long to deal with regular season eliminations, as the Bills haven’t appeared in the postseason since 1999.
The announcement of Ryan’s firing also came with a report that starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor will be benched for the final game of the season. Many reports out of Buffalo claim that Taylor is Ryan’s guy and that the general management of the Bills doesn’t feel that he is their quarterback of the future. Thus, backup EJ Manuel will be given the start on the final week of the season.
It’s unclear whether Ryan will get another head coaching job. Head coaching vacancies currently exist in Los Angeles and Jacksonville. The NFL season’s conclusion is usually followed by a slew of terminations, so more jobs should be available in a week’s time. Teams that may opt to fire their head coach include San Diego, Indianapolis, and the New York Jets. Still, there is no guarantee anyone will give the controversial Ryan another shot. Although he’s had success in this league, his teams are often plagued by penalties, lack of control, inconsistent play and injuries.