There’s no bigger sign of trouble brewing within a football team than the dreaded “players-only meeting.” Except the Bills apparently just invented a new, more troubling team/player meeting, as the team’s owners took time out of their schedule to meet with offensive players without including coach Rex Ryan.
The Bills season has been a nightmare out of the gates. The team is 0-2, just fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman and has looked lost on both sides of the ball for much of their season, which is less than 10 days old. There is some good news: Rex is expected to finish the season as the Bills coach according to a report for CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.
Buffalo lost to the Ravens in Week 1 and only mustered 160 yards of offense. They lost in a shootout at home to the Jets on Thursday night, which set the stage for Terry and Kim Pegula to meet with “several offensive standouts” according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
According to multiple sources, Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula convened private meetings Friday morning with several offensive standouts to discuss the offense. They aimed to get a tenor of what was going on and picked the brains of players on several issues, including play-calling. They tried to figure out what was wrong.
One player specifically mentioned as being at the meetings was quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Rapoport reports the presence of offensive players is why many people believe the owners may have played a role in firing Roman, even though Rex claimed the decision was all his.
Making it even more awkward was the absence of Rex for these meetings. You won’t believe this, but he’s not thrilled about not getting an invite.
Rex Ryan — the coach who said the decision to fire Roman two games into the season was “my move, without question” — was not present for these meetings. He wasn’t in the room. Ryan also wasn’t pleased when he learned of the nature of them, according to one source briefed on his thinking.
It’s not hard to blame Rex for being miffed. It’s pretty obvious the ship is starting to sink in Buffalo and things are only going to get worse for this team moving forward.
Rex might be able to keep his job for the entire year, but he’s still facing a seriously uphill battle to try and get the Bills in the hunt for the division and the playoffs.
When his bosses are going behind his back and meeting with his employees it’s a very bad sign.
Source: CBS Sports / Rex Ryan reportedly irate about Bills owners meeting with players in private