ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – At this point it’s no secret that Rex Ryan’s job as the Buffalo Bills head coach is very much in jeopardy. Last week reports both nationally and locally told of a coach who was on his way out by seasons end. As recently as Sunday morning a new report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter revealed that despite Ryan’s continued plea of ignorance, he has been made aware of his upcoming firing.
Following the Bills Week 15 win over the Browns, RB LeSean McCoy came to his coach’s defense, explaining that he believes Ryan receives unfair criticism for things that are “out of his control.” Across the tunnel at New Era Field in the opposing locker room, even Browns, future hall of fame tackle Joe Thomas had some thoughts on Ryan’s potential dismissal.
“If you’re not going to give a coach four years, don’t hire him,” Thomas told Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) December 18, 2016
The 10-year veteran has been through plenty coaching changes of his own in Cleveland since being drafted by the Browns in 2007. Six to be exact, and three of those, including Eric Mangini, Pat Shurmer and most recently Mike Pettine, only lasted two seasons as Ryan will if Buffalo does decide to part ways with him in two short weeks. Thomas was also part of a rare one-year head coaching hire when the Browns brought in Rob Chudzinzki in 2013 then dismissed him after a 4-12 campaign.
As wideout Sammy Watkins eluded to earlier this week, there is a common belief among Bills players that running the table could possibly save Ryan’s job. “I know if we win out, there’s a possibility he (Rex) stays here,” the 23-year-old said on Wednesday. Division foes Miami and New York are all that stand in the way in Weeks 16 and 17.
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