According to a report from Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, Rex Ryan and GM Doug Whaley have to get the Buffalo Bills into the playoffs next season to retain their jobs. This was the ultimatum that Bills owner Terry Pegula gave the coach and GM last week according to a Buffalo News source.
Buffalo added a lot of talent to their roster after finishing the 2014 season 9-7. The Bills added offensive weapons such as Tyrod Taylor, LeSean McCoy, Karlos Williams and Charles Clay. On the defensive side of the ball, the Bills drafted Ronald Darby to add to a unit that finished the 2014 season as a top five unit.
Buffalo's offense was significantly better in 2015, especially in regards to running the ball, but the defense had a disappointing season in Ryan's first year as head coach. The end result was an 8-8 season for the Bills in 2015. It's clear that Pegula felt the team had the talent to make the playoffs this season.
Carucci's article states, "Whaley is known to have a year remaining on his contract, while Ryan has four years left on a deal that guarantees him to be paid $27.5 million." Parting ways with Ryan after two seasons would cost Pegula and the Bills a significant amount of money, but Pegula's ultimatum makes it clear that he expects a winning team and a playoff berth in 2016.
Ryan and Whaley will have to work some magic to retain key free agents while adding new talent to the team via free agency and the draft. The 2015 season just ended for the Bills but the pressure is already on Ryan and Whaley to deliver next year.