The Buffalo Bills today fired head coach Rex Ryan and his brother, assistant head coach Rob Ryan.
The Bills finished 15-16 in Ryan’s two seasons, including 7-8 this year.
Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn will coach the team’s final game of the year Sunday against the New York Jets, Ryan’s former team.
The Bills have not made the playoffs in 17 seasons, the fifth longest drought in NFL history.
In a statement, owner Terry Pegula said, “These decisions are never easy. I want to thank Rex for all his efforts and wish him all the best moving forward.
The move comes following a disappointing performance by the Bills against the Dolphins on Christmas Eve that eliminated Buffalo from playoff contention for a 17th straight season.
In addition, there are multiple reports quarterback Tyrod Taylor will be benched for EJ Manuel in Buffalo’s season finale against the Jets.
Taylor’s contract has a stipulation that he would be paid 30 million dollars in guarantees if he is seriously injured before next season.
The specifics on the guarantee are unclear. One theory is Taylor would need to pass a physical on the date the Bills are due to pick up his option–March 11th. Another is that he would have to be healthy enough to play next season.
Either way, major injuries to Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota last weekend were certainly reminders of how quickly they can happen.
It’s an unlikely possibility, but one that would seriously complicate plans if the Bills do not want to bring Taylor back.
The Bills are not expected to hold any press conferences on Tuesday. Lynn should meet with media at the time Ryan was originally scheduled on Wednesday at 11:35am.