Not only did Rex Ryan lose his job, but he won’t get one last chance to beat his old team, the New York Jets.
The Buffalo Bills fired Rex and Rob Ryan on Tuesday, just five days before what was supposed to be a grudge match with the Jets at MetLife Stadium. Former Jets running backs coach, Anthony Lynn, will serve as the interim after Lynn replaced offensive coordinator Greg Roman in September.
Ryan continued his mediocre ways in upstate New York, posting a 15-16 record in his two years with the Bills. The bombastic defensive guru hadn’t posted a winning season since 2010 and wasn’t showing much progress in his second year with the Bills. Buffalo will match last season’s 8-8 campaign by beating the Jets this weekend.
Ryan’s fate might have been sealed earlier in the week, when he declared that quarterback Tyrod Taylor would start in Ryan’s personal Super Bowl. The Bills have a tough decision to make regarding Taylor’s future at quarterback, but wanted to remove any risk of injury. Taylor has insurance guarantees in his contract should he suffer an injury. Buffalo will start EJ Manuel at quarterback in the season finale.
The Bills experienced a typical Rex Ryan roller coaster this year. They started 0-2 before rattling off a four-game winning streak that injected hope into the fan base. That streak included wins over the Patriots and the Arizona Cardinals, who turned out to be an immense disappointment this season.
Then, the Bills dropped three in a row to fall behind the eight-ball in the playoff race. A two-game win streak got them back to 6-5, but losses in three of their last four sealed what would be another disgruntling season.
The question is what happens next for Ryan, who has said before he wouldn’t take a job as a coordinator. Perhaps a television gig is in his future, as everyone knows Ryan has plenty of charisma.
But for now, Ryan will have to watch both of his former teams play against each other on television.