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Bills fire Rex Ryan

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 18:  Head coach Rex Ryan of the Buffalo Bills works the sidelines against the Cleveland Browns during the first half at New Era Field on December 18, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) Getty Images

After being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, Rex Ryan is done in Buffalo.

The Bills announced today that they have fired Ryan as their head coach. His brother Rob Ryan is also out in his role as an assistant.

Anthony Lynn will serve as the Bills’ interim head coach for Week 17.

This season has been a disappointment in Buffalo, where Ryan brought a great deal of optimism at first but has failed to bring the team out of its long playoff drought. The firing of Ryan had been expected once this season turned south.

Now the Bills will play out the string and hope to find a coach who can finally do what Ryan and several predecessors have failed to do, and get them to the playoffs.

As for Ryan, his days as an NFL head coach are likely done. He’ll either become a defensive coordinator or a television analyst.

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105 Responses to “Bills fire Rex Ryan”
  1. screwmemean says: Dec 27, 2016 11:44 AM

    Shocking. I wonder who will hire him next.

  2. tangotwo22 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:44 AM

    Finally sanity in Buffalo….those fans deserve better.

  3. bvolke says: Dec 27, 2016 11:44 AM

    Looks like he’s headed to TV. Coughlin to Buffalo?

  4. 2016nfcnorthchampiondetroitlions says: Dec 27, 2016 11:45 AM

    Stick to coaching the defense, Rex. It’s what you’re good at!

  5. johnnyjagfan says: Dec 27, 2016 11:45 AM

    You mean they didn’t make Rob the Interim coach? Oh yeah, Rex said he needed a haircut to become a head coach.

    Bills are trying to get a head start in the Coughlin derby with Jax.

  6. novabillsfan says: Dec 27, 2016 11:45 AM

    Horray!

  7. Big Ant TV says: Dec 27, 2016 11:45 AM

    come too cleveland we need a LEGIT DC
    bring rob too

  8. mj323 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:45 AM

    Come to the Packers as defensive coordinator so we can finally say goodbye to that soft zone hack Capers.

  9. mariorat says: Dec 27, 2016 11:46 AM

    Welcome to Jacksonville Rex!

  10. donterrelli says: Dec 27, 2016 11:46 AM

    Wow. They only gave him 2 seasons.

  11. lscottman3 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:46 AM

    Shocked I tell you, Shocked.

    how about their loser GM?

  12. akfinfan says: Dec 27, 2016 11:46 AM

    Ah shucks…..I was hoping Buffalo would keep him around a few more years. I love his baffoonary! Always makes coaching decisions that make me laugh and benefit my team. Go Dolphins!

  13. jeyeeteesjetsjetsjets says: Dec 27, 2016 11:46 AM

    He is a defensive coach who oversaw the destruction of the Bills defense from a top 3 unit two years ago, to what it is now. Brining on the nepotism hire that is Rob Ryan didn’t help matters either. The guy is a .500 level coach. There is no reason not to cut bait with him.

  14. mackcarrington says: Dec 27, 2016 11:46 AM

    Wonderful!

  15. pats777 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:46 AM

    Shocker of the year…. I’m talking about Rob, LOL.

  16. nestrongsafety says: Dec 27, 2016 11:46 AM

    This needed to happen. He may make for a great middle school coach somewhere. Buffalo and their great fans deserve better.

  17. nflknowitall says: Dec 27, 2016 11:47 AM

    Say it isn’t so! No one saw this coming! HA HA

    Guess Pagula waiting until the Ryan boys were mathematically eliminated.

    Hopefully Ryan is done as a head coach in the NFL.

  18. dickshotdogs says: Dec 27, 2016 11:47 AM

    Dagnabbit…..

    Patriots fan

  19. tjacks7 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:47 AM

    They should let Belichick coach it as his B team. Would be a huge upgrade.

  20. superpatriotsfan says: Dec 27, 2016 11:48 AM

    And water is wet….

  21. eroschmidt says: Dec 27, 2016 11:48 AM

    Too many blunders. The time out call failure and 10 men on the field failure to knock us out of the playoffs was a fitting end….

  22. spotsdad says: Dec 27, 2016 11:48 AM

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  23. wny49er says: Dec 27, 2016 11:48 AM

    Now get rid of both Doug Whaley and Russ Brandon. They have ruined this franchise. Whaley has wasted three 1st rounders and Walkins cant stay healthy and he constantly undermines his coaches.

    Russ Brandon is a great marketing guy, but he is no Football guy. He needs to get the hell out of football operations.

    Time to bring back Bill Pollian and hire Tom Coughlan!

  24. 2since96 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:48 AM

    Come on home Rex, we still got your oversized d coordinator chair in storage…

  25. george1859 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:48 AM

    Keep going Pegulas.
    Russ Brandon should be next, while Whaley holds the door.

  26. hockeykrishna says: Dec 27, 2016 11:48 AM

    But Rex won the offseason and he built a bully how can this be

  27. dirtdawg54 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:48 AM

    Is it too much to ask that he just disappears? You know. Like Jimmy Hoffa.

  28. mtmiceli says: Dec 27, 2016 11:48 AM

    Any team that hires him for more than a coach is headed for disaster. They guy is blow hard, loud mouthed bully who has accomplished NOTHING, except extort millions from the Jets and Bills…LOL

  29. raymondmac says: Dec 27, 2016 11:49 AM

    Bully for Buffalo!

  30. ibillwt says: Dec 27, 2016 11:49 AM

    Hope he gets shot at DC somewhere instead of just another talking head. Kind of pathetic being a loser criticising winners on tv. DC job would be shot at getting some dignity back.

  31. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:49 AM

    I hope he goes into broadcasting. He seems like a nice enough guy who could be entertaining. Coaching seems like a grind.

  32. getoveryourself999 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:49 AM

    I would love to see Rex as the DC for Washington State. Can you imagine the fights that would go on there between those two blowhards?

  33. dickshotdogs says: Dec 27, 2016 11:49 AM

    At least they’re keeping Whaley….:)

  34. bobC927 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:50 AM

    Never was Head Coach material.

  35. ontherocks1964 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:50 AM

    The Great Rex Error is over. Merry Christmas! I know it means starting over AGAIN, but this guy had to go in my book. A complete clown.

  36. bigbluefan1 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:50 AM

    Wow shocked bad news is he will get paid just the same

  37. firecracker87 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:50 AM

    Well, there goes the off-season. The Bills will probably lose.

  38. Footballfanz says: Dec 27, 2016 11:50 AM

    Someone will hire him, he must be the smoothest talked in the NFL because he has an under .500 record as a head coach. And as far as being a ‘defensive guru’ he took over a #4 defense and turned it into a mid 20’s defense. He cant even do that right.

  39. babyjunkie says: Dec 27, 2016 11:50 AM

    When will Buffalo get an NFL QB?

  40. contactkylesmith says: Dec 27, 2016 11:50 AM

    The best day I’ve had as a Bills fan in a long time.

    …which is really sad.

  41. spotsdad says: Dec 27, 2016 11:51 AM

    He did say that this was his last hoorah in the NFL. Let’s see if he keeps his word, which has always meant so much. I just wish there was a way to keep him in the AFCE. Not with the Patriots of course, that would be dumb. So I guess it’s up to Miami. Fins Up!

  42. 12coltsfan12 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:51 AM

    fat self important slob

  43. jag1959 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:51 AM

    “As for Ryan, his days as an NFL head coach are likely done.
    He’ll either become a defensive coordinator or a television analyst.”

    Anyone that has watched his defenses for the last 5 years knows the former is pretty much out of the question.

  44. fumblenuts says: Dec 27, 2016 11:51 AM

    Those 2 BLOWHARDS can now get a snack!!

  45. bulbsboss says: Dec 27, 2016 11:51 AM

    Well at least now there’s a suitable replacement for Bozo The Clown’s TV show…

  46. tylawspick6 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:51 AM

    You have to figure we’ve heard the last of this big mouth, entitled loser in the NFL in terms of being in front of a microphone as a coach.

    What a loser.

    A DC only.

    I don’t know why this is that hard to understand.

    He’s made millions by fooling two different franchises.

    What a country.

  47. sdelmonte says: Dec 27, 2016 11:52 AM

    Why fire him with a single game left? Is Lynn getting an audition? Somehow I doubt it.

  48. dablitz2 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:52 AM

    I don’t see how he was doing such a horrible job. They finished 8-8 his first year. They would have again if he had been allowed to finish. It seems like firing someone after 2 years when they do not have a losing season is a little unfair.

  49. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Dec 27, 2016 11:52 AM

    I’m no Rex fan, and I really can’t stand Rob, but did the Bills really expect to be THAT much better than 8-8 or 7-9 this season?

    If they did, then it’s only because of the blustering predictions made by the guy they just fired.

  50. gah05 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:52 AM

    Step 1 Accomplished.

    Waiting on Step 2….Fire Whaley.

  51. tacowrecker says: Dec 27, 2016 11:52 AM

    Stan Kroenke firing up the Brinks truck to bring Rex to LA!! It’s a perfect fit!! BTW, Stan also trademarked “7-9” and “8-8.” Also considering “6-10”

  52. thisonesforpat says: Dec 27, 2016 11:52 AM

    I thought it would be funny if they fired Rex and made rob the interim head coach. That would send a message to Rex, eh?

  53. billsbackto81 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:52 AM

    kfinfan says:Dec 27, 2016 11:46 AM

    Ah shucks…..I was hoping Buffalo would keep him around a few more years. I love his baffoonary! Always makes coaching decisions that make me laugh and benefit my team. Go Dolphins!
    ———————————————————
    You Dolphin fans have got to stop! Yes you made the playoffs, Congrats! But you barely beat the Bills this year and he completely smoked your team the previous season. Not barely beat, SMOKED! Plus you got swept the previous year as well. Good grief..

  54. Getoffmylawn! says: Dec 27, 2016 11:52 AM

    That escalated slowly.

  55. ravforlife says: Dec 27, 2016 11:52 AM

    What took so long ??

  56. spotsdad says: Dec 27, 2016 11:52 AM

    Regarding the timing of Rex’s demise; if you are gonna fire a head coach, it can never be too soon, only too late.

  57. 12coltsfan12 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:52 AM

    but THEY WON THE OFFSEASON!!!!!!!!!!!!

  58. margoadams says: Dec 27, 2016 11:53 AM

    When are they going to fire Whaley?

  59. bassplucker says: Dec 27, 2016 11:53 AM

    It seems like more teams are doing away with the formality of waiting out the season and are instead trying to get a jump on finding replacements.

    McCoy and Bowles are probably yet to get the axe, but unless the Bears brass pulls a shocker and dumps John Fox I think that should pretty much do it for the firings this year.

  60. mcjon22 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:53 AM

    A mediocre coach fired by a bad franchise.

    Who exactly are they going to get to coach them that will be an upgrade?

    I almost feel bad for Bills fans.

  61. nsawins says: Dec 27, 2016 11:53 AM

    Bills Mafia stand up LOL……….clowns.

  62. kgunforhire says: Dec 27, 2016 11:53 AM

    Tough to see another coaching change, but this had to be done. You can’t be labeled a defensive genius yet produce a defensive product that drastically regressed. Keep in mind that this was a defense that was top 5 when he took it over from Schwartz. Continuity and roster gutting is what I fear the most about coaching changes. Hopefully we can bring in someone who will be flexible to mold their schemes to the roster’s strengths. Usually two years isn’t nearly enough to evaluate, but the Phins game provided more than enough to warrant this.

  63. firerogergoodellnow says: Dec 27, 2016 11:53 AM

    “We’ll be out of work for like five minutes.”

  64. 72DolphinsStillUnmatched says: Dec 27, 2016 11:53 AM

    Nooooooooooo, please keep him in the AFCE!

  65. otistaylor89 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:53 AM

    OK, can them firing Rex, but Rob?
    Who’s hair will the cameras focus on during the Jets game?

  66. tfarr45 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:53 AM

    Wow ! Shocked because I thought that they would at least wait until after the season . Not shocked because of the play of the defense which was supposed to be a specialty of him and his brother , and the apparent disorganization of the team with lack of cohesion, 10 or 12 men on the field , lack of communication, lack of discipline ,on and on . Took a top 5 defense and brought them down to the lower half of the league . Would make a good tv analyst with his antics , just not a good head coach / team manager .

  67. ryder09 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:53 AM

    bye felicia

  68. tonebones says: Dec 27, 2016 11:53 AM

    So now the GM has proven that he can’t find a winning QB or head coach. Those are the two most imported requirements for a GM. Does the owner recognize this, or do they care? The Bills don’t have an NFL QB on their roster. Rex lied his way into the job by saying he could win with the players on the roster. It’s my guess that whoever was going to be chosen, was going to be the guy that told that lie. Now here we go again. Liars, line up. This GM obviously isn’t going to admit that he has no clue, and the owner doesn’t seem to care.

  69. bondlake says: Dec 27, 2016 11:54 AM

    Happy to see that bigmouth gone.

  70. rabidbillsfan says: Dec 27, 2016 11:54 AM

    Tom Coughlin, enough is enough. Something this team has lacked for many years is team discipline. Even just to right the ship for a pair of seasons. Rex had a few bad breaks, G-Ro neutering the offense the first 2 weeks, a heavy hit in terms of injuries, but you can’t fold 3 of the last four the way they did. I want Whaley to go as well, but that may be a season away. Tyrod showed competence against Miami, but it needs to be done consistently. He’s not worth $16m, that is a fact. I’d pay Cutler $20m before I’d pay Tyrod $16…

  71. lgw91s says: Dec 27, 2016 11:55 AM

    Really, I am looking forward to his role as an analyst on TV. Gruden makes $6 mil at ESPN. Can you believe that?

  72. igotgamenj says: Dec 27, 2016 11:55 AM

    Have fun starting all over again Bills Fans…

  73. margoadams says: Dec 27, 2016 11:55 AM

    Patriots need someone to polish all their rings.

  74. ranesmith says: Dec 27, 2016 11:55 AM

    As a pats fan this is so funny to me.all I remember him talking junk about coach billy.I’m not gonna kiss the rings talk,now go out and find a job Rex 😂😂.go patriots

  75. whatjusthapped says: Dec 27, 2016 11:55 AM

    Rex is loud mouth which makes for very entertaining press conferences and little else. There was a great article back when he was hired on Cold hard football facts (since renamed to Football Nation) on how the biggest loudmouths in NFL coaching history (Rex, his father, Buddy, Jerry Glanville and others) never translated into success on the field.

    Good for Buffalo, now they can proceed on putting something positive together, something Rex could never do in a 1,000 years.

  76. sobceo75 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:56 AM

    The REDSKINS next DC! Book it!

  77. maust1013 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:56 AM

    The level of play in the AFCE just jumped exponentially unfortunately it came at the expense of it’s comic relief.

  78. ricko1112 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:57 AM

    Not being able to call a simple timeout to ice the Dolphins’ kicker at the end of regulation and then only having 10 men on the field for the last big run to set up the winning FG in OT are classic Rex. His teams were always out coached, unprepared, and undisciplined. His teams regressed year after year. He is a buffoon of the highest order.

  79. laukkanen5 says: Dec 27, 2016 11:57 AM

    and the GM stays ???? lol…

    only in Cleveland, i mean Buffalo. who cares they both stink

  80. bassplucker says: Dec 27, 2016 12:00 PM

    Wow. They only gave him 2 seasons.
    ———————–
    It’s not like he walked into a Browns or Bears situation where there were only a handful of NFL caliber starters on the entire roster. There is enough talent on the Bills to at least be contending for a wildcard by now. QB of course being the glaring exception but plenty of other NFL teams have gotten to the postseason with QBs no better that Taylor.

  81. spotsdad says: Dec 27, 2016 12:00 PM

    Now instead of seeing him twice a year we can see him daily on ESPN. Oh joy.

  82. touchdownelvis says: Dec 27, 2016 12:00 PM

    Rex Ryan is just what the Colts need.

  83. xenova1 says: Dec 27, 2016 12:00 PM

    Can we call this Rexxit?

  84. patsfan1820 says: Dec 27, 2016 12:01 PM

    Goodbye and good riddance. About time the Bills fired Rex Ryan I thought they’d never do it.

  85. nhpats says: Dec 27, 2016 12:01 PM

    Jeff Fisher will be the next head coach of the Bills

  86. bosco264 says: Dec 27, 2016 12:01 PM

    Not a Rex fan but, 2 years is too short a sample.

  87. 6ball says: Dec 27, 2016 12:01 PM

    .
    Is the Bills roster much better than 8-8?
    .

  88. abninf says: Dec 27, 2016 12:02 PM

    Didn’t even last 24 months. They’re becoming the new Browns, rebuilding every season or two.

  89. raymondmac says: Dec 27, 2016 12:02 PM

    BREAKING NEWS: FOXBORO, MA
    Patriot’s Coach Bill Belichick was asked about Rex’s firing.
    “That gasbag? Are you kidding me?”
    Strike that… no comment!

    then he chased the reporter out of the locker room as he laughed uncontrollably…

  90. xenova1 says: Dec 27, 2016 12:02 PM

    The Ryan brothers lived off their father’s accomplishments.

  91. toldlikeitis says: Dec 27, 2016 12:03 PM

    fire whaley

  92. RegisHawk says: Dec 27, 2016 12:03 PM

    Considering his vast experience with the AFC East, he’s likely in consideration for the Miami and/or New England positions next.

  93. weepingjebus says: Dec 27, 2016 12:04 PM

    This has been the greatest year of my life.

  94. therick5000 says: Dec 27, 2016 12:04 PM

    Can’t wait for that clueless Browns owner and his equally clueless wife to hire him…

  95. araidersfan says: Dec 27, 2016 12:05 PM

    “As for Ryan, his days as an NFL head coach are likely done. He’ll either become a defensive coordinator or a television analyst.”

    ===

    Actually, I think that the Ryan Bros. are best suited as the lead act in a traveling 3-ring circus show. Rex can also serve as the carnival-barker.

  96. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Dec 27, 2016 12:05 PM

    I am just so glad we still have Mike McCarthy in Green Bay, wasting AR’s last good years.

  97. scottarrowsmith says: Dec 27, 2016 12:06 PM

    Now you and your bro can go eat a GD sammich lol

  98. elevandoo says: Dec 27, 2016 12:07 PM

    Anthony Lynn will be a good coach for years in buffalo. Good move.

  99. billsfn15 says: Dec 27, 2016 12:07 PM

    Time to celebrate. Bring on the wings and beer.

  100. Don Humphrey says: Dec 27, 2016 12:09 PM

    I think his shtick will quickly wear thin in the broadcast booth; otherwise an entertaining guy though. Good for the Bills. I’m a Pats fan but still scratched my head about that hire. Time for a new tatoo Rex

  101. 4sacroc says: Dec 27, 2016 12:09 PM

    Toe jam.

  102. Bizzareslantpass says: Dec 27, 2016 12:09 PM

    I don’t get the Rex Ryan hate. Maybe Rob, with that goofy hair, but Rex seems like a likeble guy. Maybe not head coach caliber, but a good D.C. some where for sure.

  103. metitometin says: Dec 27, 2016 12:10 PM

    Perhaps the Patriots would take him. He can kiss Bill Belichick’s rings, which is apparently something he has always wanted to do.

  104. newsletterczar says: Dec 27, 2016 12:10 PM

    He needed to get fired; in his defense he had 8-8 talent at least at QB. But his act gets old fast if he cannot beat the Patriots.

  105. jbaxt says: Dec 27, 2016 12:10 PM

    Yes, Jeff Fischer will definitely get the record now!

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