This Sunday, the Buffalo Bills will wrap up their latest season with a visit to MetLife Stadium to battle the New York Jets. Back on a Thursday night in Week 2 at Orchard Park, Rex Ryan’s team fell short in a 37-31 loss. As it turned out, it’s one of only four wins by the Green and White this season.

Unfortunately, it was also the second of eight losses for Ryan in 2016. Earlier this week, his tenure with the Buffalo Bills came to an end not terribly long after his team lost in overtime at home to the Miami Dolphins, 34-31. The often outspoken sideline leader finished with a 15-16 record in just a smidge under two seasons on the job.

More significantly, it marked the sixth consecutive season that one of his teams failed to make the playoffs.

What went wrong for Rex Ryan?

Like his fabled late father Buddy, Ryan was known as a defensive whiz around the league. While he really made his name with the Baltimore Ravens, where he spent 10 seasons (1999-2008) before becoming the head coach of the New York Jets in ’09. He led that franchise to a pair of AFC title games appearance in his first two years with the club but never got back to the playoffs in his final four seasons with the franchise. He was named the head coach of the Buffalo Bills in ’15 and expectations were high because he would inherit a defensive unit that led the NFL with 54 sacks and allowed the fourth-fewest total yards in the NFL in 2014.

But he never recaptured that fire that coordinator Jim Schwartz brought to the unit. In that first year, the Bills dipped to 21 sacks and 19th in the league in yards allowed. This season, Buffalo improved to 38 sacks but only four teams in the NFL have allowed more rushing yards per game. On Sunday, Miami Dolphins’ running back Jay Ajayi racked up his second 200-yard rushing performance of the season against the Bills alone.

So much for defense being Ryan’s forte.

Is the future any brighter?

It likely depends on who general manager Doug Whaley brings in as the head coach. He’s been given carte blanche to find the club’s newest sideline leader. On Sunday, it will be assistant Anthony Lynn in charge of the club. You will recall that earlier this year he took over for offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

In any case, the Buffalo Bills have been going through head coaches of late at an alarming rate, and that’s no way for a club that hasn’t been to the playoffs since 1999 to turn things around.

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