Bills owner Terry Pegula, left, at a press conference with Rex Ryan. (James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)

Bills owner Terry Pegula claimed in a phone interview with the Associated Press Monday that "there's no dysfunction" with his franchise.

"Everybody is on the same page," Pegula said. "We're busy busting our asses."

Pegula's comments to the AP's John Wawrow came hours after general manger Doug Whaley held a season-ending press conference that created more questions than it answered. Pegula hasn't given a formal press conference since Rex Ryan was hired two years ago. The Buffalo News has requested to speak with ownership, but so far has not gotten a response.

Whaley claimed repeatedly Monday that he "wasn't privy" to the discussion or thought process that led to Ryan's firing after less than two seasons as coach. Pegula said Whaley "had input on the basis of conversations throughout the year."

The owner added that he had a private conversation with Ryan last Tuesday in which Ryan asked about his future.

"I was asked a point-blank question and based on the discussions we've been having all year, I felt it was better to tell Rex that we were going in a different direction," Pegula said in the article. He called firing Ryan "an executive decision."

Pegula said interim head coach Anthony Lynn was a candidate but "not a lock" to take over the job permanently. Whaley called it an "open search" earlier Monday.

The Bills have missed the playoffs for 17 consecutive seasons.

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