Rex Ryan Fired by Buffalo Bills

Adam WellsFeatured Columnist

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 04:  Head coach Rex Ryan of the Buffalo Bills looks on from the sidelines against the Oakland Raiders during their NFL football game at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum on December 4, 2016 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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With the Buffalo Bills sitting at 7-8 after Week 16 and about to finish their 17th straight season without a playoff appearance, head coach Rex Ryan was removed as head coach Tuesday.

The Bills announced the move, noting Anthony Lynn will serve as the interim head coach in Week 17 against the New York Jets.

The Bills hired Ryan after Doug Marrone opted out of his contract following the 2014 season.

It seemed like a strong partnership at the time since the Bills had just finished 9-7 under Marrone, their first winning year since 2004, and were led by a young defense that finished fourth in yards and points allowed. Ryan is a defensive specialist who guided the New York Jets to two AFC title games in 2009 and 2010.

But things haven't worked out. The Bills went 8-8 in Ryan's first season with the team and have been inconsistent this season.

Ryan is a charismatic coach, but it did not translate to wins for the Bills.