Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that Rex Ryan’s tenure as the Bills’ head coach is believed to be nearing an end and he could be fired as soon as Monday, depending on how things go in today’s game against the Steelers.
“I’d say I’m 95 percent sure Rex is gone by the end of the season,” one source who has been in contact with owner Terry Pegula tells La Canfora “and he could be out as soon as Monday.”
According to La Canfora, Ryan’s relationship with GM Doug Whaley and other team executives has “always been rocky” and the team believes they have assembled “superior talent” that should have produced better results than what they’ve seen this season. Beyond that, La Canfora says that the relationship between Ryan and Whaley “is not tenable” long term, and ownership is aware of this.
In regards to front office changes, La Canfora reports that Pegula has “cooled” on the possibility of hiring a senior vice president of football operations and Whaley has forced a strong bond with ownership.
Tim Graham has also been told that Ryan being axed before the end of the season is on the table and if he’s fired, OC Anthony Lynn is likely promoted to interim head coach.
La Canfora adds that QB Tyrod Taylor is losing support from the Bills’ front office and he could be benched at some point in the near future.
La Canfora’s sources have said that the team is “intrigued” by rookie QB Cardale Jones, and it’s “virtually certain” Buffalo will not pick up Taylor’s option next year.
“Unless Tyrod turns into Russell Wilson the last four weeks — and that’s if he’s even playing all four weeks — then he’s not going to get that option,” a source with knowledge of the situation tells La Canfora.
Ryan, 53, was hired by the Jets back in 2015 after he was fired by the Jets. In two years with the Bills, Ryan has produced a record of 14 and 14, which includes no playoff appearances.
We’ll have more regarding the Bills and Ryan as the news is available.