Today, the Buffalo Bills fired Rex and Rob Ryan. Everybody’s favorite head coach and defensive coordinator brothers have been relieved of their duties after the Bills had yet another disappointing season.
Rex went 15-16 in his two years as the Bills head coach, and counting his time with the New York Jets, he now has a lifetime record of 61-66. Rex failed to take the Bills to the playoffs in either of his two seasons with the team, extending their NFL record for the longest postseason drought. The Bills haven’t made the playoffs since 1999, going a whopping 17 years without a postseason appearance. The Cleveland Browns have only gone 14 years without going to the playoffs, so that is one dubious record to hold.
This was Rob’s first season as defensive coordinator for the Bills, and their defense didn’t improve the way the front office was hoping for. It actually pretty much stayed exactly the same. In 2015, the Bills were 15th in points allowed per game (22.4) and 19th in yards allowed per game (356.4). And in 2016, the Bills were 15th in points allowed per game (23.2) and 19th in yards allowed per game (358.9).
While I’m sure the Ryan brothers are bummed about getting fired, at least they’ll have plenty of time to go on tandem bicycle rides. You always have to find that silver lining.