Rex Ryan fired as early as Monday, Taylor benched
The relationship between Bills coach Rex Ryan and general manager Doug Whaley is so toxic that Ryan may be on his way out as soon as this week. Tyrod Taylor had a bad game against Pittsburgh Sunday, however benching him in favor of rookie Cardale Jones is reportedly the preference of those in the organization.
If this is how Rex Ryan's team plays when his job is on the line, he deserves to be fired. The Bills are lifeless right now.
— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) December 11, 2016
Doug Whaley is the same guy who drafted E.J Manuel in the first round, and traded the team’s future picks away to take Sammy Watkins. The ownership in Buffalo supports Whaley, and Rex will be the scapegoat. Buffalo is a playoff contender at 6-7, and Ryan has them contending in December, unlike his former team the Jets.
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) December 11, 2016
Ryan is 14-15 as Bills coach, and has done one of his better coaching jobs of his career. Buffalo has lost five of their last seven games, with the only two wins coming at the expense of the Jaguars and Bengals. Tyrod Taylor seems linked to Ryan’s future in Buffalo, and while he signed a five year, $80 million dollar extension with the Bills in the summer, signs are pointing to the team wanting to rework the deal or outright cutting him.
Fans in other cities like Jacksonville, San Diego, or Indy may quietly clamor about wanting a coaching change, but there has been no noise from the teams that they agree. Bills fans are frustrated they aren’t going to be in the playoffs again, but they tend to like Rex. The players are still behind their coach. Unfortunately, unless they end the year on a three game winning streak to build onto next year, Buffalo will be in the hunt for a new leader.
Talks have already begun about veterans like Jay Cutler or Tony Romo being linked to the Bills quarterback position. While Cutler may not have any option, we think Romo would tell Jerry to keep calling around before deciding to head north.