Ryan may not have been willing to bench Taylor and go with backup EJ Manuel, which likely forced the Pegulas hand. They were +20 last season and are now +41 under Ryan, and they are the number one rushing team in the NFL. The owners are willing spenders in pursuit of victory and they funded Ryan's enormous coaching staff. He also played for Rex Ryan while with the Jets. When Ryan was first hired by the Jets, he said he was not there to kiss Bill Belichick's rings.
Yeah, I'm gonna have to call you back. Perhaps he is better suited for a career in the media.
That's not the message being sent by Bills ownership now, though. Expect more coaches and coordinators to be dismissed this week. They still managed to find Darby, starting guard John Miller, and stout defensive tackle Adolphus Washington. There's some really unusual stuff going down in Buffalo.
Taylor is a discount quarterback that they've stretched for every dollar spent.
Ryan was relieved of his head coaching duties by the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday. Ryan ends his Buffalo days with a record of 15-16, far shy of what he promised when he arrived last season armed with an endless supply of confidence.
Who should they target anyway?
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West Brom boss Tony Pulis said his team's 1-0 defeat at Arsenal was a case of "deja vu" in reference to their similar defeat at Chelsea.
With the Bills, again he talked a much bigger game than he coached, and his inattention to detail and permissive attitude in both places led to his undoing.
Should Lynn not land the gig, there are several other potential candidates cut from a similar cloth: Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, Redskins OC Sean McVay, Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan, etc. It turned out to be his last as coach of the Bills.
In addition to having a new head coach against NY during the final game of the season, Buffalo will also be sitting its starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor to protect him against an injury, which would guarantee the rest of his contract. If he does want to remain a coach in the National Football League, he should be able to find a defensive coordinator job somewhere.
James Franklin, Penn State head coach. The Bills showed signs of a dramatic turnaround early in the season, ripping off four straight wins shortly after Lynn replaced Roman. That he has never won a division title in his eight seasons as a head coach is remarkable. It appears that the Ryan regime could end as early as this week, even though his record in Buffalo isn't that bad at all. A college coach may also be the flawless mix of someone who has a bright future and is also willing to take a chance on a franchise that never really gave Ryan one.
"I feel like we have a pretty good team on paper and we have phenomenal athletes, phenomenal players", Dareus said. The search for the coach who can do that begins now.