The Buffalo Bills fired head coach Rex Ryan and assistant head coach Rob Ryan Tuesday ahead of the team's season finale against the New York Jets, and reaction poured out of all corners of the football universe on Twitter following the announcement.
Bleacher Report @BleacherReport
On to the next team… https://t.co/bW6cQXwv2c2016-12-27 16:55:54
Shortly after the news broke, ESPN's Jeff Darlington noted the Ryan brothers weren't able to live up to their statuses as defensive savants:
Jeff Darlington @JeffDarlington
Unlike Rex's departure from the Jets, Bills players tell me Rex/Rob lost defensive side of the locker room: “Too many cooks in the kitchen."2016-12-27 16:45:59
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport wrote Rex "was a big proponent of Tyrod Taylor and fought to keep him as starter. His firing is bad news for Taylor," before ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the Bills will bench Taylor Week 17 in favor of EJ Manuel.
Schefter classified the move as "a business decision so the Bills are not at risk for the $30.75 million left on his contract that would become guaranteed if Taylor suffered a significant injury."
As for Rex's underwhelming record, NFL Network's James Palmer noted the 54-year-old resides in some shaky company after he went 15-16 in his nearly two seasons with the Bills:
James Palmer @JamesPalmerTV
Rex Ryan had 6 straight non-winning seasons. Last winning season was 2010 with Jets(11-5). It was also the last time he went to the playoffs https://t.co/CJLFM1AwkD2016-12-27 16:48:07
And according to the Buffalo News' Nick Veronica, Rex's demeanor at his media availability Monday foreshadowed his fate with the franchise:
Nick Veronica @NickVeronica
Rex Ryan looked like a dead man walking at yesterday's presser. Hard to believe Pegulas trotted him out there knowing this was coming.2016-12-27 16:44:59
Meanwhile, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller and FanRag Sports' Marcus Mosher took contrasting viewpoints regarding Ryan's coaching credentials:
Matt Miller @nfldraftscout
And I'll continue to say this—Rex Ryan is the most overrated coach in the NFL.2016-12-27 16:47:56
Marcus Mosher @Marcus_Mosher
Rex is going to be a really good DC for someone for a long time.2016-12-27 16:44:35
Here's a look at the best of the rest:
Tyler Dunne @TyDunne
So the Bills will officially be moving on to their NINTH head coach since Bill Belichick took over the Patriots in 2000.2016-12-27 16:55:00
Tom Martin @4TomMartin
Rex in game 1 vs. Rex after game 31 https://t.co/q8ubtANn4d2016-12-26 21:46:26
Chad Johnson @ochocinco
The Bills fired Rex Ryan, never played for him but I love him as a coach, should've been given another year if reports are true.2016-12-27 16:51:35
Albert Breer @AlbertBreer
Two years ago, Rex Ryan's mindset seemed to be that he'd either be a HC or go into TV. Didn't want to be a DC. We'll see if that's changed.2016-12-27 16:51:06
When it comes to the Bills' future, the immediate focus will be on Week 17. They are slated to square off against the New York Jets, and offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn will be at the helm after he was named the interim head coach Tuesday.
And according to Rapoport, Week 17 could be a showcase game for Lynn because he's considered a "big-time candidate for the full-time job" as the Bills embark on a search for a head coach who can lead them back to the playoffs for the first time since 1999.