ESPN The Buffalo Bills fired coach Rex Ryan on Tuesday after almost two seasons with the team. Ryan’s firing comes after the Bills lost 34-31 in overtime Saturday to the Miami Dolphins to eliminate Buffalo from postseason contention for a 17th consecutive season. Ryan called it “as painful of a loss as I can remember,” admitting “mistakes” — which included only having 10 men on the field on the run by Jay Ajayi which led to the Dolphins’ winning field goal. He decided to punt in overtime with just over four minutes left and the Bills on their own 41-yard line. He has defended the call against media criticism, saying it is easy to second-guess him as their “livelihood” wasn’t on the line as his was. The Bills also relieved defensive coordinator Rob Ryan of his duties. Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn will serve as interim coach for the Bills’ finale Sunday against the New York Jets, and EJ Manuel will start in place of quarterback Tyrod Taylor, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The Ryan brothers are out in Buffalo. The Bills have fired head coach Rex Ryan, along with his brother defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, prior to the season finale on Sunday against the New York Jets. The Bills gave Rex Ryan only two seasons at the helm before deciding to part ways with the outspoken head coach, because he failed to deliver a playoff appearance as promised, and the Bills have now missed the playoffs for 17 straight seasons. Expect major changes in Buffalo this season, the Bills are also expected to move on from starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor, and are rumored to be in the market for an offensive minded head coach who can maximize production from the Bills weapons.