Rex Ryan started his short residency with the Buffalo Bills by tapping a live amplifier at his basic question and answer session and inquiring as to whether it was on.
“Because it’s getting ready to be on,” Ryan said. “And that’s the truth.”
Less than two seasons later, he was let go. The Bills announced the decision Tuesday along with their decision to fire Ryan’s twin brother, Rob, who was serving as the team’s assistant head coach/defense. Hostile facilitator Anthony Lynn was named the break set out mentor toward the last round of the year against the Jets.
Ryan’s blustery start should have read like the beginning of a familiar page-turner. Much like his first years with the Jets, Ryan’s entry created a shelter in season ticket deals and desires. It prompted to splashy proceeds onward the open market, similar to the procurement of star running back LeSean McCoy, and it set Ryan as the wily outsider ready to shake up the well-established AFC East.
Instead, Ryan won 15 games in two seasons. The Bills (7-8 this season) finished 8-8 in Ryan’s only complete season in Buffalo.
“I spoke with Rex earlier today, and we mutually agreed that the time to part ways is now,” owner Terry Pagula said in a statement. “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.” “Anthony Lynn will serve as our interim head coach to lead us through the Jets game.”
As per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, beset general chief Doug Whaley will lead the scan for another head mentor and Lynn, a prevalent name around honing circles, will get a solid thought for the occupation. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo additionally noticed that previous Giants mentor Tom Coughlin, as of now in thought for the Jaguars opening, will be “connected” with the Bills gig.
The move by ownership shows just how anxious the Bills have ended up with mediocrity. Buffalo has not reached since 1999 and has just completed in second place twice in the Bill Belichick time. While Ryan was a blessing to a dozing fan base de-invigorated by the Chain Gailey era and suspicious after Doug Marrone opted out of his contract two years ago, he fell into a portion of the comparative pitfalls he experienced with the Jets.
His inability to develop a quarterback – in this case, former first-round pick EJ Manuel and free agent Tyrod Taylor – and his issue with an injury-plagued star receiver Sammy Watkins discredited a gigantically capable guard which many saw as the ideal fit for Ryan’s aggressive style. Rapoport included that Manuel, not Taylor, is relied upon to be the beginning quarterback in the season finale against the Jets.
This year, the Bills are fifteenth in points surrendered and 19th in yards given up. A year ago, they completed ffinished 15th in points and nineteenth in yards surrendered.
Of the prompt inquiries, the firing raises, one will positively be the eventual fate of Taylor. According to Rapoport, Ryan was a huge proponent of the former Ravens backup. Taylor achieved the Pro Bowl in his first season as a full-time starter however neglected to deliver at a similar level in 2016. The Bills can quit Taylor’s deal this offseason.
The other question is what will become of Ryan.
A extremely loyal coach, Ryan told reporters last year that the Bills would be his final stop.
“This is going to be it,” Ryan told USA Today back in 2015. “This is my last stop in coaching, and then when my days are up, I’ll turn it over to the younger generation. I’m not going anywhere else.”
Should he remove himself from the coaching conversation, the NFL will lose one of its great personalities. For all that can be said in regards to Ryan as a game manager or developer of talent, there were few mentors as regarded away from public scrutiny. Ryan will leave a trail of player testimonials behind him, including some kind words from a portion of the amusement’s greatest stars like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.
Bills defensive end Leger Douzable, who likewise played with Ryan in New York, went on a Twitter tirade against the club and the group’s way of life of brisk firings after the news was announced.
Those in Ryan’s corner will take note of that Whaley may have never adequately stocked the cupboard and was not sufficiently given time to get players that fit his abstract, but potent defensive scheme. Ryan faced resistance from built up veterans like Mario Williams upon entry and, based on the Bills choice to sit Taylor at quarterback; he was not upheld in his offensive decisions, either.