By Annie Ross
You have to wonder what the late Eagles coach Buddy Ryan would have thought of yesterday’s firing in Buffalo:
The Bills have fired head coach Rex Ryan after another disappointing season, and along with him in the purge went his brother, assistant coach Rob!
“I spoke with Rex earlier today and we mutually agreed that the time to part ways is now,” Bills owner Terry Pegula said in a statement. “These decisions are never easy. I want to take this opportunity to thank Rex for all his efforts and wish him all the best moving forward. Kim and I and our entire Bills organization share in the same disappointment and frustration as our fans, but we remain committed to our goal of bringing a championship to Western New York.”
Rex Ryan, who was hired in January 2015, leaves Buffalo with a 15-16 record and failed to get the team to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. He arrived in town with much of the swagger we saw early in his coaching career with the Jets, where he led New York to back-to-back AFC title game appearances before four straight mediocre-or-worse campaigns led to his demise following the 2014 season.
The Bills hired Ryan a short time later, and the promises of success soon followed.
“I’m going to be myself, and this is the direction that we’re going to take,” Ryan said shortly after he was named the Bills coach. “Be true to yourself, and that’s exactly what I’m going to be.
“I think I’ve got to put everything in. Just like [Buffalo fans] put everything in, I’m putting every single thing that I have into coaching this football team. That’s it for me. This’ll be my last shot. I don’t care if I’m young, whatever. It makes no difference. Every ounce of my energy will be to build this team. And the great thing is, it’s not like I’m building this by myself. I’ve got some great people around me with the same direction, and that’s why I’m so confident.”