The Buffalo Bills blew a big lead last week against Oakland, in what was a crucial result as Buffalo dropped to 6-6. They now sit two games back of Denver for the final AFC wildcard spot with four games to go.
This week’s contest is a must-win for the Bills against the Steelers at home. Buffalo’s schedule might be the most favorable of the wild card candidates after this week, but it won’t matter if they are 6-7.
And the rumor wheel spun onto Rex Ryan this morning, in advance of the kickoff against Pittsburgh. Jason La Canfora wrote about discord between Ryan and GM Doug Whaley that could lead to changes before the season ends.
“I’d say I’m 95 percent sure Rex is gone by the end of the season,” said one source who has been in contact with Pegula and other Bills brass, “and he could be out as soon as Monday.”
Tim Graham of the Buffalo News is also reporting that two sources informed him that Ryan could be gone before the end of the season, depending on how it finishes. Graham reports that offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn would be the likely choice at interim coach if that were to happen. (It should be noted that the defensive coordinator is Rob Ryan, Rex’s brother).
These leaks are dropping for a reason. This is a must-win for Buffalo. There’s also the matter of the Tyrod Taylor contract situation. Taylor has been one of the cheapest starting quarterback options in the league the last two years, and good value. But that will change, and so the posturing on not wanting to pay him is also tied up in these stories.