Rex Ryan’s job security has been a popular topic since he failed to reach the playoffs a fifth straight year while extending the Bills’ famine to an NFL-long 16th season in a row.
Stress levels would seem to be spiking for Ryan amid the spate of injuries so far at Bills training camp.
Think again. If the Bills don’t make the postseason again, Ryan can sit down with Terry and Kim Pegula, throw up his hands and lament that he didn’t have a viable roster. How can a coach be expected to win when his first two draft choices – players GM Doug Whaley declared would start “off the bus” – were unavailable?
Shaq Lawson, drafted 19th overall to replace Mario Williams, arrived as damaged goods. Maybe the Bills hoped Lawson could avoid shoulder surgery. He didn’t and could miss more than half the season.
Reggie Ragland, chosen 41st to be an every-down linebacker, likely is done for the year with a torn knee ligament.
Already, there’s a built-in excuse – and a legitimate one – for Rex to get another try in 2017.