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Bills Fire Rex Ryan

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The Buffalo Bills announced Tuesday that head coach Rex Ryan and his brother, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan were both fired.

The last straw for Ryan was likely Saturday when the Bills lost to the Miami Dolphins in overtime, 34-31.

During the overtime period, Buffalo lined up with only 10 men on a long run by Miami running back Jay Ajayi which ultimately sealed the victory.

“That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen and it should never happen but it did happen,” Ryan said. “And it cost us the game. That’s how I’ll look at it.”

Ryan was asked if that run would be his defining moment in Buffalo.

“Well, I hope it isn’t, but if it is, it’s something I’ll have to live with,” he said.

In nearly two seasons, Ryan went 15-16 and couldn’t lead the Bills to the postseason as he was tasked to do.  The Buffalo passing game could never get off the ground and the defense regressed under the Ryan brothers.

This is likely Rex’s last stop as an NFL head coach, as he’s failed in spectacular fashion now in two spots.  The bravado simply hasn’t worked and has caused more criticism of Ryan than is probably deserved.  At this point, it will be difficult for an owner to sell his fanbase on Ryan until he can renovate his image possibly again as a coordinator.

Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn will serve as the team’s interim head coach when they finish the season against the New York Jets on Sunday.


About Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein is the managing football editor for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade.  Charlie has hosted drive time radio for NBC and ESPN affiliates in different markets around the country, along with being an NFL correspondent for ESPN Radio and WFAN.  He has been featured on the NFL Network as well as Sirius/XM NFL Radio and has been published on Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN as well as numerous other publications.