Rex Ryan fired after two disappointing seasons in Buffalo

Rex Ryan has been fired by the Buffalo Bills.

The move came after another successive year without a playoff appearance. Ryan’s brother, Rob, was also fired by the organization. It leaves the Bills with Anthony Lynn heading into the last week of action, as Buffalo takes on the New York Jets.

Ryan’s record as head coach in Buffalo was 15-16 in his two seasons. The team will now begin the search for a permanent replacement, after two disappointing seasons under Ryan’s leadership.

Lynn was promoted from offensive running back coach, to offensive coordinator after Greg Roman was fired in September.

It’s been a tumultuous year for the team, as uncertainty weighed heavily in the closing weeks of the season. The loss against Miami in overtime was largely viewed as the last straw for Ryan, who had been coaching for his job over the last few weeks. Rumors and reports were running rampant throughout Buffalo that Ryan would be removed regardless of outcome against Cleveland, Miami, or New York.

In a prepared statement from Bills owner Terry Pegula said, “I spoke with Rex earlier today and we mutually agreed that the time to part ways is now. These decisions are never easy. I want to take this opportunity to thank Rex for all his efforts and wish him all the best moving forward.”

Pegula continued, “Kim and I and our entire Bills organization share in the same disappointment and frustration as our fans, but we remain committed to our goal of bringing a championship to western New York.”

More on Ryan’s firing in Buffalo:

Bills announce coaching changes (BuffaloBills.com)
Buffalo Bills fire Rex Ryan (Democrat & Chronicle)
Timeline: Buffalo Bills coaches since 1998 (Democrat & Chronicle)
How Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan sealed his fate (The Citizen)
Bills fire Rex and Rob Ryan (WHEC)
Rex and Rob Ryan have been fired (WROC)