Remember back in January, when the storyline was that the Buffalo Bills upgraded at head coach when Doug Marrone bolted and Rex Ryan was hired?
After the fourth quarter Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, it's hard to make that case.
Ryan put on a stunning display of incompetence when it came to using his challenge flag in a 30-22 loss, the last example of which came when receiver Chris Hogan clearly caught a pass over the middle – and took at least four steps – before the ball came out when being tackled. Hogan should have been down by contact at that point.
Except Ryan did not challenge the play. As a result, the Bills were left with a third and 10. They were unable to convert a first down on the next two plays, leading to a loss that leaves their playoff hopes on life support.
Ryan went 0 for 1 on his challenges Sunday, and failed to challenge two plays that he should have.
Big absence: The Bills were forced to play undrafted rookie free agent A.J. Tarpley in the fourth quarter with starting linebacker Nigel Bradham out because of an ankle injury. Tarpley looked lost on a 35-yard run by Chiefs running back Spencer Ware on the first play of a drive that ended with a 37-yard field goal to put the Chiefs up, 30-22.
Not a difference: The Bills brought Marcus Thigpen back as a returner leading up to the game, but he failed to make any noticeable impact Sunday. Following Santos' field goal, Thigpen was only able to get out to the Bills' 19-yard line on his return, and a penalty on Ron Brooks – no surprise there – pushed Buffalo back to its own 10-yard line.