The Bills reported Tuesday that they had let go Coach Rex Ryan in front of their last game of the season after he failed to lead Buffalo to the playoffs.
Rex Ryan required only one more win — against the faltering Jets, no less — to wind up the Buffalo Bills head coach in 16 years to post back-to-back .500 seasons.
For unknown reasons, he won’t be managing the team on Sunday, when the N.F.L. closes its regular season. In a move that was out of the blue more for its timing than its outcome, Ryan was sacked on Tuesday. Moreover, Rex is replaced by his offensive coordinator, Anthony Lynn, on an interim basis.
Rex still has three years left on a five-year contract worth $5.5 million for each season.This implies how severely the Bills’ owners, Terry and Kim Pegula, wished to be freed of the Ryan. The expulsion had been reputed for over a week. However, the Bills had been relied upon to hold up until the supposed Black Monday, the day after the regular season ends, to pull the trigger.
Rather, Ryan, 54, was dumped sooner than later, alongside his sibling, the defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, after the demoralizing 34-31 overtime loss to the Dolphins on Saturday.
After that game, which Ryan termed “as painful of a loss as I can remember,” he acknowledged committing several game management errors. Among those mistakes was a defensive arrangement consisting of only ten men on the field on a play in which Miami was running back Jay Ajayi ran for 57 yards to set up the winning field goal. Ryan later clarified away the miscue by pointing out that cornerback Stephon Gilmore was on the sideline undergoing concussion protocol.
Ryan joined Buffalo Bills in January 2015, taking the place of Doug Marrone, whose defense was ranked fourth in the N.F.L. In spite of hiring Ryan’s brother this season to help the team, the Bills had real trouble stopping the run. In the Dolphins game on Saturday, Ajayi took 206 rushing yards.
When Ryan was hired, Bills fans bought into the coach’s personality, and the team’s season-ticket base expanded. As this season met its climax, however, Ryan’s thunder and boasts had worn thin. He turned into the objective of online demands for his dismissal.