AFC East

The Buffalo Bills End the Rex Ryan Era

Rex Ryan had a 15-16 record in 31 games as coach of the Bills, whose postseason drought was extended to 17 consecutive seasons. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

The Rex Ryan tenure in Buffalo could not last two seasons as the Buffalo Bills fired Ryan on Tuesday morning. Ryan finished 15-16 in two disappointing seasons in western New York with zero playoff appearances.

The Bills have also relieved Rex’s brother Rob of his duties of defensive coordinator. Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn will serve as the interim coach for the Bills season finale with the New York Jets.

ESPN NFL Insider Jeff Darlington reported that Ryan had been losing support of his players  and specifically some of his defensive players during the teams’ s recent struggles. The Bills players learned of the news by Twitter with no formal announcement made within the organization prior.

“There were too many cooks in the kitchen. Guys were pissed,” one player shared with Darlington . “He lost the defense.”

For being a defensive genius the Bills defense continued to stay below average in the two seasons of Ryan’s tenure. The Bills rank 19th in the NFL, which is the same finish as 2015.

Ryan joins a group of Bills coaches that all have not lasted more than four full seasons with the team. The last time the Bills had a coach last four full seasons was Marv Levy who left the team in 1997.

The Bills have been struggling to get back to relevancy since its last Super Bowl appearance in 1993. The Bills can continue searching for their next bold hire at head coach, but the team needs to continue adding talent and spending more efficiently. Bills fan are used to this cycle and hope the next hire is the last for a long time.

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