Bills fire coach Ryan ahead of last game of sea­son

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

OR­CHARD PARK, N.Y. | The Bills fired coach Rex Ryan be­fore the end of his sec­ond sea­son af­ter he failed to build Buf­falo’s de­fense into a bully or lead the team to the play­offs.

The Bills an­nounced Ryan’s fir­ing on Tues­day, three days af­ter a 34-31 over­time loss to the Dol­phins dropped the Bills to 7-8 and of­fi­cially elim­i­nated the team from play­off contention. The loss ex­tended the NFL’s long­est ac­tive play­off drought to 17 sea­sons.

As­sis­tant head coach and of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor An­thony Lynn takes over as the in­terim, and is ex­pected to be a can­di­date to re­place Ryan full-time. The Bills close the sea­son in a mean­ing­less game on Sun­day at the New York Jets (4-11). Re­ports sur­faced Tues­day that the Bills in­tend to start backup quar­ter­back EJ Manuel in place of Ty­rod Tay­lor against the Jets. Manuel, 6-10 as a starter, hasn’t started since Oct. 26, 2015. Manuel is com­plet­ing the fi­nal year of his con­tract since be­ing se­lected in the first round of the 2013 draft.

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