Rex Ryan, the head coach of the Buffalo Bills, has been sacked following Week 16 of the current NFL season. His tenure with the Bills will amount to less than two years as the current season isn't quite over. According to Conor Orr, an NFL Writer at NFL.com, "The Bills announced the decision Tuesday along with their decision to fire Ryan's twin brother, Rob, who was serving as the team's assistant head coach/defense. Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn was named the interim head coach" (December 27th).

Bills' chances went with loss on Dec 24

Rex Ryan's Bills saw their last hopes for the playoffs fade in Week 16.

They needed a bunch of help heading into the week, which apparently they got according to Andrew Glanville, however the Bills didn't help themselves in losing to Miami. A debated decision from Ryan was his decision to punt late in overtime against Miami in a fourth-and-short situation. The Bills gained nothing with a tie and some have felt that Ryan needed to gamble for the short yardage. Instead he punted and counted on his defense but Miami instead scored for the win.

However, in the broader context the result from Saturday against Miami is just one result. The Bills went 7-8 under Ryan this season and they only went 8-8 last season in missing the playoffs. His winning seasons as a head coach in the NFL go back a little ways now to his early years with the New York Jets.

He did make a couple AFC championship games with them, however the earliest was six years ago now. Overall his coaching record is 61-66 in the regular season and 4-2 in the playoffs.

What's next for Ryan?

But with no playoff appearances since 2010/11, it's hard to picture a contender wanting to sign Ryan in the future.

His winning percentage, despite being on the losing side, certainly isn't terrible in regular season games, however he still might have to look for work with a franchise that has low expectations and that certainly wasn't Buffalo.

Owner Terry Pagula, regarding the firing of Ryan, stated: "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" (Pagula qtd.

in Orr article at NFL.com). The upcoming Bills/Jets game is not an important one for playoff implications and will start at 1pm ET next Sunday.

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