When asked if he felt he needed to make the playoffs to save his job, Ryan responded, “The media looks at it [like], Well, we have to win this year. Or what? Oh, I am going to be fired? I don’t think so. I’m not going to worry about it, because we are going to win anyway. But it’s like, that is an ultimatum. No.”
It's clear that Ryan doesn't believe his job is on the line in 2016, but that doesn't mean that others agree with the coach. Adam Schein of NFL.com had Ryan No. 2 on his list of nine players and coaches who face make-or-break seasons. Here's a look at what Schein said about Ryan:
2) Rex Ryan, head coach, Buffalo Bills
After only one year in Buffalo, the bloom is officially off the rose for this braggadocious head coach. As we guaranteed, Rex's act wore thin as the Bills finished 8-8 and failed to deliver on his expectations of making the playoffs. Ryan's poor in-game management and losses to inferior teams were often on display in Year 1.
And so was his ego, which extended into the draft, when Rex picked Shaq Lawson. Then, he and general manager Doug Whaley scoffed at the notion that they plucked an injured player. Well, Lawson just had shoulder surgery.
I still can't believe the Pegulas were duped into hiring Rex. But here's hoping for the great Bills fans. They know the act is up.
Ryan may feel that his job is safe, but winning is the only way that he can totally ensure that he's head coach of the Bills in 2017.null