The Buffalo Bills got eliminated this season after losing to the Miami Dolphins that led to firing Coach Rex Ryan. The Bills undergo a new system with offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn being named the interim coach.
Bills owner Terry Pegula made the announcement on the team’s Twitter account early Tuesday saying the decision was mutual. He added they share the frustrations with their fans but will not stop from bringing a championship to the franchise.
“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 the best,” Pegula said. “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.”
Aside from firing Ryan, the Bills also cut ties with assistant coach Rob Ryan and replaced starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Many see that Lynn could be a strong candidate for the full-time position as the Bills head to the offseason.
What led to the decision?
According to ESPN, Ryan lost command of the team, especially with defensive concerns along the way. Sources say Ryan let others do his job which caused chaos inside the locker room despite a talented roster.
Going into their season-ending match Sunday against the New York Jets, the Bills are now 7-8. They also missed playing in the playoffs two seasons in a row under Ryan which saw the decision as “inevitable.”
Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus tells ESPN’s Josina Anderson that Ryan’s defensive plays are too complicated wherein players fight for positions. He added that they could have been more aggressive on defense considering the core of their team.
“We want to put our foot on the pedal and keep it down knowing what we’re doing. Being strategic on what we’re doing,” Dareus said. “Not trying to match up with this team, or that team. We want to have our identity [knowing] this is who we are, and what we’re going to do.”
What is next for the Bills?
General manager Doug Whaley will start searching for suitable candidates for the coaching job. Reports say the Bills consider Lynn a contender and may depend on his performance when they visit the Jets.
The 48-year old Lynn knows the game as he played in the NFL before as a running back. He played with the Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers. Lynn would end his playing career in 1999 and named special team’s assistant by the Broncos in 2000.
It would start Lynn’s coaching career from special team’s assistant to running back coach. He would then coach the running backs of the Jaguars, the Cowboys, the Browns, the Jets, and the Bills.
Lynn is a follower of the infamous “Ground and Pound” technique wherein he likes to run the ball on offense. The technique follows the philosophy of resting his defense so they could “pound” the rival team. Lynn’s play provides strong running game and has exceptional run reads as well.
It is unfortunate that Ryan could not finish coaching the Bills this season. But the Bills organization felt it is time for the change and what better way to start than to finish strong. The Bills hope they could find the “beast” inside of them when they come back for next season.
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