Bills fire coach Ryan ahead of last game of season
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.