Buffalo Bills fire Rex Ryan after two seasons

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Rex Ryan during his final game as head coach of the Buffalo Bills. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)

Rex Ryan during his final game as head coach of the Buffalo Bills. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Buffalo Bills relieved head coach Rex Ryan of his duties on Tuesday. Ryan went 15-16 in two seasons as the head coach, finishing third in the AFC East in both seasons. Earlier this season, the Bills replaced offensive coordinator Greg Roman with running backs coach Anthony Lynn in September. Lynn has gotten positive reviews after re-igniting the Bills offense that struggled to begin the season.

Ryan’s brother, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was also let go.

The Bills also made a business decision on the field, benching Hampton native and quarterback Tyrod Taylor for the final regular season game. Taylor has a clause in his contract that would guarantee him the remaining $30 million on his contract if he were to suffer a major injury in Sunday’s game. Taylor’s thrown for 3,023 yards, 17 touchdowns, and six interceptions this season, while rushing for 580 yards and six touchdowns.

Taylor throws a touchdown during Sunday's game vs. the Dolphins. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Taylor throws a touchdown during Sunday’s game vs. the Dolphins. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

 

Former Bayside standout E.J. Manuel will start in place of Taylor.