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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
Rex Ryan says he shot Richard Sherman a profane message after the Seahawks cornerback stared down the Bills coach following an interception.
Sherman ended Buffalo’s first drive of the second half with an interception and then stared down Ryan by the sidelines. After the game, Ryan talked about the incident.
“He’s mean-mugging like he’s doing. The guy’s a great player, but I guess it wasn’t as bad as I thought,” Ryan said sarcastically. “I thought he roughed up our kicker. It was a ridiculous play — no question. And then he’s over on the sideline basically taunting us. I think I told him, ‘you’re too good of a player to act like an ass.'”
Here’s a look at Sherman in action:
Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan, who also happens to be a life-long Chicago Cubs fan, found himself in the “perfect situation” on Wednesday night with a void in his schedule.
Seizing the opportunity, Ryan loaded up a bus with 12 of his friends and departed for Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio to witness what was arguably the greatest World Series game in Major League Baseball history.
Ryan should be ecstatic, right?
Unfortunately for Ryan and his pals, he’s not. And that’s because he made the ridiculously foolish decision to bail on the game during a 10th inning rain delay. Seriously. And because his bus radio was cutting out, he didn’t even hear the final out of the game, which ended a 108-year title drought for the Cubbies.
“I hate to admit it. I hate to admit it,” Ryan repeated via ESPN on Thursday, laughing off obvious pain. “We had [to leave] because, you know, we had to get back to work. . . We have the rain delay and I’m like ‘you have got to be kidding me.’ And then when you look at it, it’s like ‘when [is the rain] going to pass?’
“I’ll be honest, I was wanting to stay, but it’s like, if this thing is a delay for a couple of hours, there’s no way. We have to get back.”
Fearing the unknown, Ryan and his crew left. They couldn’t watch, they couldn’t listen. . . they had no way to know what had happened until Rex spoke to his brother, Rob Ryan, letting him know the Cubs had done the unthinkable.
“I called my brother, who actually did not go with us, [and he let me know the result],” Ryan said with his head hanging.
The Cubs had won and Ryan had missed it. He was there in Cleveland and he missed it. And he didn’t even hear it.
Ryan has made some questionable calls during his tenure, but perhaps none are as unforgivable as his decision to leave Cleveland on the night the Chicago Cubs ended their 108-year playoff drought. That one will haunt him forever.
The Buffalo Bills started running back LeSean McCoy despite a hamstring injury on Sunday, and they weren’t rewarded for it.
McCoy tallied just 11 yards on eight carries and didn’t play for the last quarter and a half of the contest against the Miami Dolphins. For that reason, many people wondered why the Bills risked McCoy in the first place. The answer, according to coach Rex Ryan, was that they didn’t believe he was hurting.
It’s tough to believe Ryan could have been convinced of this. Even the more optimistic reports on his status indicated that McCoy would probably be limited in some way. The Bills didn’t lose Sunday because they tried to go with McCoy, but it did prove to be a pretty significant waste of time.
Rex Ryan knows that his Buffalo Bills don’t run the most eye-catching offense in the world. He also doesn’t really care.
The Bills ran the ball 44 times in their 45-16 win over San Francisco on Sunday, relying on the ground to be augmented by a conservative passing game and a smothering defense. It’s the reason the team has won four straight after an 0-2 start.
“I know it’s boring football, but we just want to win, whether that means we’re going to put it up 30 or 40 times a game or just run the football,” Ryan said, via Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News. “Obviously, I’d prefer to run. There’s no question about that. Maybe that’s the old school in me, but I still think you run the ball to win games.
“We know we need to do a better job of passing it and I thought we did today. The main thing is being efficient.”
It’s not the world’s most complex offense, that much is for certain, but that’s probably by design. Perhaps this move, which was derided at the time, was actually something of a stroke of genius.