The Ryan brothers are out. The Buffalo Bills announced via Twitter that they had let go head coach Rex Ryan and his twin brother Rob, who served as the team’s defensive coordinator.
The organization also released a statement from owner Terry Pugula, which reads: “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. [Wife] 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.”
Ryan was only in his second season at the helm of the Bills coaching staff, initially agreeing to a five-year contract that would keep him in Buffalo until 2020. His brother was hired prior to the start of the 2016 season.
The decision to let the Ryan brothers go stems from mounting frustration after sub-par seasons. The Bills finished at .500 at the conclusion of the 2015 regular season, failing to reach the playoffs for a record 16th consecutive season. They are on a similar track now, currently standing at 7-8 with their final game of the regular season coming up this weekend, ironically, against Ryan’s old former squad the New York Jets.
The Bills will look to offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn to temporarily fill Rex Ryan’s shoes. Lynn had served as the team’s running backs coach before being named offensive coordinator at the start of this season. Prior to his coaching career, he played for the Broncos and the 49ers.