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Defiant Rex Ryan says he will ‘stand by my reputation’ after Bills eliminated

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The Buffalo Bills were eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday with the team’s defense, the side of the ball Rex Ryan made his name coaching, giving up 34 points in an overtime defeat.

With Ryan’s job security looking increasingly nonexistent, the coach simply stood by his reputation as a defensive coach after the game.

“Whatever happens, happens, but I’ll stand by my reputation,” Ryan said, via Mike Rodak of ESPN.

The Bills’ defense had the look of a disorganized unit on Saturday. Miami running back Jay Ajayi ran for over 200 yards, the third time the Bills have allowed that many rushing yards this season. In addition, on the Dolphins’ game-winning field goal, the Bills had just ten players on the field. All of that is even harder to swallow when the offense more than did its job, setting a franchise record with 589 total yards.

Overall, Ryan had a day to forget. Along with the mediocrity that has plagued the team all season, it’s going to cost him his job.

H/T ProFootballTalk

Rex Ryan could not even ice the kicker properly

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Rex Ryan is struggling so much as the Buffalo Bills’ head coach that he can’t even ice a kicker properly.

During the Bills’ 34-31 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins on Saturday, Rex failed to ice the kicker even though he wanted to.

Miami drove into field goal range after the Bills had scored a touchdown to take a 31-28 lead. Andrew Franks lined up for a 55-yard field goal attempt with 10 seconds left, and Ryan tried to ice him, but he called timeout too late.

After Franks’ field goal cleared the uprights, Ryan complained that he wanted a timeout.

Some say Bills DB Corey White was trying to call timeout long before Rex:

Even if he was, you have to be in a ref’s face to get the timeout call. And whatever White was doing still doesn’t excuse Ryan waiting too long before calling it.

Bills’ GM refuses to give Rex Ryan a vote of confidence

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A vote of confidence may be a sign that the other shoe is about to drop for many people in sports, but Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan can’t even get that.

Bills general manager Doug Whaley refused to offer Ryan his backing when speaking with WGR 550.

“Let’s put it this way: None of us know our future,” Whaley said, via Mike Rodak of ESPN. “Look where we are. We owe it to our fans and our owners to keep it focused on Miami, because we’re still in this.”

Insider information indicates that Ryan is going to get fired. Supposedly, he knows that. So, too, does Whaley. His comments are just another indicator of that.

Rex Ryan denies report that he knows about impending firing

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For the second consecutive week, Rex Ryan had to answer questions about his job security immediately after a Bills game.

This Sunday, Ryan was left to refute a report that stated that he was getting fired at season’s end – and already knew it.

Similar reports circulated last week, and at that time, he dodged the questions about them. This isn’t a refusal to comment, though. It’s a flat denial, and you have to wonder what Ryan has been told in private. Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire, and this is the second straight week we’ve heard that Ryan’s job is pretty much a lost cause.

Rex Ryan reportedly aware he will be fired at end of season

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Rex Ryan is reportedly a dead man walking in Buffalo, and the head coach knows it.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Ryan is likely going to be fired after the final two games of the regular season. Schefter adds that Ryan is well aware of what the future holds, which has made things “awkward” around the organization.

While it appears there is no way Ryan can save his job, general manager Doug Whaley is expected to be given a chance to hire his third head coach after Ryan and former Bills coach Doug Marrone did not pan out. Whaley was named GM in 2013 and signed a contract extension at the start of the year.

The Bills were in decent shape in the AFC at 6-5 two weeks ago, but they put together back-to-back uninspiring performances against the Raiders and Steelers to fall to 6-7. The loss to Oakland was particularly ugly, as Buffalo led 24-9 in the third quarter and ended up losing 38-24. Against Pittsburgh, the Bills allowed Le’Veon Bell to rack up over 300 yards from scrimmage and score three touchdowns.

Ryan recently addressed the reports about his job being in jeopardy. You can read what he said here.

While two seasons in a new place does not seem like very long to prove yourself, it sounds like the Bills have seen enough from Rex.

Rex Ryan: Bills have failed to play to their potential

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Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan doesn’t think his team has played as well as they could.

Ryan feels that the Bills are more talented than the results show, but they simply haven’t strung anything together for 60 minutes.

“I think we’ve been inconsistent,” Ryan admitted, via Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News. “I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. At times, we look absolutely terrific on either side of the ball and there’s other times we look – we play poorly. That’s it. I don’t think we’ve yet to put a full 60 minutes together of playing a game that I think we’re capable of playing.

“That’s also what drives you as a coach – trying to get that performance out of our group. There are a lot of circumstances, always, that can affect things, but to me that’s the biggest thing. We’ve got to be more consistent and play at a high level.”

The problem is that Ryan may not have that much more time to get those performances out of his team. The fact that he hasn’t in a season Buffalo was expected to show marked improvement and challenge for the playoffs is why he’s on the hot seat.

Rex Ryan refuses to comment on firing reports

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Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan hasn’t heard anything about getting fired.

Ryan told reporters he had no idea about reports that he could be out the door as soon as Monday, even trying to cast doubt on the story.

Ryan was also forced to defend his record and his relationship with general manager Doug Whaley.

Ryan also refused to commit to Tyrod Taylor as next week’s quarterback, which may well accelerate this situation. Either way, it sounds like there’s a lot of discontent and possible big changes to the Bills.

Rex Ryan reportedly on verge of being fired by Bills

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Rex Ryan is not expected to be back with the Buffalo Bills next season, according to a report.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports said Sunday that it would take an “overwhelming performance” down the stretch for Ryan to keep his job. In fact, La Canfora reports that Ryan could be fired as early as Monday depending on how his team looks against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Ryan is said to have a “rocky” relationship with the Bills front office, and team executives feel the coach has underachieved with the talent he has on his roster. Because of that strained relationship, the belief is that the Bills would have to come close to winning all of their remaining games for Ryan to keep his job. One source told La Canfora he is “95 percent sure Rex is gone by the end of the season.”

In addition to Ryan, the Bills are said to be evaluating quarterback Tyrod Taylor. If Taylor is still on the roster come March 11, he will be owed $31 million in guaranteed money. The Bills are leaning toward not picking up Taylor’s option.

The Bills are 6-6 this season after finishing 8-8 and missing the playoffs last year. Perhaps Ryan’s bosses are getting tired of him making headlines more for zingers like this than for winning games.

Rex Ryan feels ‘pretty good’ about Sammy Watkins playing Sunday


The Buffalo Bills may have Sammy Watkins back on Sunday.

Coach Rex Ryan said Thursday that he feels cautiously optimistic about Watkins being available on Sunday against Jacksonville.

“I’m not sure, but I think there’s a possibility of that. I do,” Ryan said Thursday of the chances of Watkins playing, via Mike Rodak of ESPN. “As long as there’s not another setback or anything like that, I feel pretty good about him playing.”

Watkins has not played since Sept. 15, but Ryan is encouraged by what he’s seen in Watkins’s return to practice.

“He can run a little bit,” Ryan added. “He looks pretty good to me.”

Watkins thinks he himself is fully healthy. We’ll see if there’s any rust when he gets back on the field, but it sounds like we have a good chance of seeing him on Sunday.

Rex Ryan zings Pete Carroll in response

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Rex Ryan did not appreciate Pete Carroll telling him to worry about his own players, so he decided to respond on Tuesday.

Carroll was asked during his weekly spot on “Brock and Salk” on 710 ESPN in Seattle Tuesday about the exchange between Ryan and Richard Sherman during the third quarter of “Monday Night Football.” After an interception, Sherman taunted Ryan, who responded by telling Sherman not to behave in such ways.

Carroll said Ryan should worry about his Bills players rather than Seattle’s.

“I just wish he’d coach his own team,” Carroll said. “Just coach your own guys.”

Later in the day, Ryan was asked for a response to Carroll, and said he does coach his own guys.

“I do coach my own guys but I forgot, I guess I should have asked Pete when somebody asked me a question about one of his players, I should have asked Pete about the appropriate response I guess.”

Point, Rex Ryan. His response makes perfect sense. And there is one thing Carroll is leaving out: Ryan never initiated the interaction with Sherman; that was all started by the Seahawks DB.

Had Sherman not taunted Ryan to begin with, there wouldn’t be anything to talk about.