It’s on Rex Ryan in 2016.
Every move the Buffalo Bills have made this season puts more and more pressure on the head coach. He was allowed to hire his twin brother (who oversaw one of the worst defenses in NFL history), he gave one of his former safeties his first NFL coaching gig, he canned defensive line coach Karl Dunbar for an old pal at Oklahoma, John Blake. Mario Williams dissolved from premier pass rusher to a disgruntled vet accused of quitting on his team.
At the Combine, Rex tried selling a “half-pregnant” narrative, that he was blending schemes last season, even though players’ comments directly refute that as a lame excuse.
And, oh, three ex-Bills – Nigel Bradham, Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks – all rushed to Jim Schwartz’s defense in Philadelphia.
Give Rex this: he’s trying. The Bills have, no doubt, empowered Ryan this offseason. He’ll probably have a lot of say on Draft Day, too. And with such empowerment comes even more pressure to, once and for all, bring a winner to Buffalo.