The Buffalo Bills finally hit the switch and fired Head Coach Rex Ryan on Tuesday afternoon.
Rex and his brother/Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan were both relieved of their duties on Tuesday, creating a trifecta of in season firings of Head Coaches.
Jeff Fisher was fired by the Los Angeles Rams earlier in the month, and Jacksonville Jaguars fired Gus Bradley after the Jags gave up a lead to the Houston Texans, scoring no points in the second half en route to a comeback win for Houston.
Apparently, Ryan himself asked to be fired sooner rather than later, seeing his release as an inevitability and wanting to get it out of the way.
Offensive Coordinator Anthony Lynn will serve as the interim Head Coach for the Week 17 game against Ryan’s former team, the New York Jets.
Ryan went 15-16 in his career with the Bills, never getting close to snapping Buffalo’s playoff drought but continuing to show his boisterous persona to the press, which evidently rubbed the owning Pegula family the wrong way.
The back breaking straw came on Christmas Eve when Ryan failed at icing the kicker as the Dolphins kicked a field goal to send the game into overtime. During OT, Jay Ajayi gashed the Bills defense to set up a game winning field goal, as the Bills only had 10 men on the field to defend the run.
Ryan’s career record moves to 61-66, with future head coaching searches very likely to look at Ryan’s mediocre record versus his cocky persona.
The Bills alos plan to bench QB Tyrod Taylor, who Ryan defended tooth and nail against calls to bench him for EJ Manuel, who will start in Taylor’s stead on New Year’s Day.