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Report: Rex Ryan was a “coach with a death wish” in 2016

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Rex Ryan, gone from Buffalo but not forgotten since he’ll be getting paid $16.5 million over the next three years (minus the much, much, much lower salary he’ll get from ESPN), entered 2016 with his fraternal twin at his side. It didn’t go well.

Why didn’t it? According to Gary Myers of the New York Daily News, Rex “basically dedicated the 2016 season to resurrecting the reputation” of Rob Ryan, who had been fired by the Saints (after being fired by the Cowboys).

“Rob was not the Bills defensive coordinator but had the run of the place,” Myers writes. “He was almost the co-head coach.”

Myers claims the entire staff became dysfunctional, and that “some of [Rex’s] actions behind the scenes were indicative of a coach with a death wish.”

Myers doesn’t specify any of Rex’s behind-the-scenes actions. Given some of Rex’s past actions, it’s easy for the imagination to run wild.

It became obvious last May that Rex and Rob planned to run wild with the Bills, based on a joint interview that provided a glimpse as to how things could go now that the two men who once shared a womb would be joined at the hip in Buffalo. They went all in with their own unique style, and it resulted in both of them being exiled for now (and possibly for good) from coaching jobs at the NFL level.

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60 Responses to “Report: Rex Ryan was a “coach with a death wish” in 2016”
  1. MichaelEdits says: Apr 9, 2017 10:44 AM

    Sometimes wishes do come true.

  2. unclebluck says: Apr 9, 2017 10:47 AM

    Only in the NFL is failure and mediocrity rewarded with promotion and multiple chances for continued failure….

  3. therealraider says: Apr 9, 2017 10:51 AM

    Everybody knew the Ryans were a clown show when they rode a tandem bicycle around at training camp.

  4. hawkwind8 says: Apr 9, 2017 10:51 AM

    A couple more years of Rex and Rob and Buffalo might have become the new Cleveland.

  5. puffnstuff5005 says: Apr 9, 2017 10:52 AM

    When Rex fired Karl Dunbar, I just knew he was going to hire his brother. Sure enough, he did.

  6. jag1959 says: Apr 9, 2017 10:57 AM

    Coincidentally many of us thought the Bills were indulging in a death wish when they hired Rex

  7. mrboado says: Apr 9, 2017 10:58 AM

    Sounds destructive. Seems like the system of checks and balance wasn’t in place. Hope Whaley learned his lesson on that one.

  8. rootpain says: Apr 9, 2017 11:00 AM

    Well is anybody surprised?

  9. julyeast says: Apr 9, 2017 11:07 AM

    anything out of Gary Myers mouth is a lie

  10. tylawspick6 says: Apr 9, 2017 11:13 AM

    just a disgusting family

    how they continue to get jobs?

  11. buzz942 says: Apr 9, 2017 11:14 AM

    The Ryan twins = Buffoons, Inc.

  12. PFT loves the Steelers says: Apr 9, 2017 11:14 AM

    I’m pretty sure Rob and Rex are identical twins, not fraternal. If Rob shaves the beard and trims the hair, he’s basically Rex.

  13. puntonfirstdown says: Apr 9, 2017 11:18 AM

    I marvel at how these billionaire NFL owners ever made their fortunes, when you look at the idiotic decisions they make with their football teams.

  14. turtlehut says: Apr 9, 2017 11:24 AM

    I will miss these guys and the inane comments that came out of their mouths. No matter how stupid, whatever they said, it always brought a smile

  15. finfansince68 says: Apr 9, 2017 11:26 AM

    Rex was a “dead man walking” BEFORE he hired Rob –
    That move just gave the noose more room to slowly & painfully strangle himself to his inevitable coaching death.
    And YES – he’s probably a done as a HC forever, but getting a DC job is still a possibility.

  16. exinsidetrader says: Apr 9, 2017 11:30 AM

    When they didn’t make Swartz the Head Coach you knew the Bills will all about he sizzle and not the steak.

  17. mclennon99 says: Apr 9, 2017 11:30 AM

    What a COMPLETE waste of two years! Shows just how amateurish this organization is when they can be suckered by a traveling carny like Ryan.

    I believe during Ryan’s interview it was team president Russ Brandon who told owner Terry Pegula “Don’t let him leave the building!”

    Good call Russ…good call!

  18. jason9696 says: Apr 9, 2017 11:32 AM

    I never understood why they give coaches more than 2 year contracts? The majority of them don’t make it that long and then the organization has to pay 2 coaches.

  19. cheapseater says: Apr 9, 2017 11:34 AM

    Rex is trying to parlay this into a cushy TV gig.

  20. fordmandalay says: Apr 9, 2017 11:38 AM

    Rex will never again be hired as a DC, because what Head Coach would want that kind of distraction? Rex would immediately become The Story all the time, would be interviewed all the time (because shooting his mouth off is what he’s best at), and would inevitably be rumored to be replacing the HC the moment the team started to lose – possibly splitting the team too between the HC faction and the Rex faction. Nothing but a big fat headache. Emphasis on the ‘fat’.

  21. maxkingpin says: Apr 9, 2017 11:39 AM

    The fall of BSPN continues with the Ryan hire.

  22. orangeraider says: Apr 9, 2017 11:51 AM

    Good riddance.
    Rex wont last long at ESPN, with their cost cutting.
    Hurry up and fire Berman and others like him.
    ESPN is good in televising games.
    Lousy announcers
    Lousy studio programs.
    Too many squeaky voiced females.
    Mute button gets a workout watching this collection of losers.

  23. intrafinesse says: Apr 9, 2017 11:53 AM

    As a Jets fan –

    I hated Rex as a head coach. His influence on drafting was toxic. Other than Damian Harrison, there were almost no young UDFAs developed. His game time decisions were poor.

    As a defensive coordinator – he would be very good if he had veterans who could execute his complex schemes. When the Jets lost Jim Leonhard, Rex tried the same schemes and time and time again there was a blown assignment, and the defense would give up a first down conversion on 3rd and long.

    Overall, I’d say he has talent as a DC, but needs to be watched. He needs veterans because without them he wont adopt a simpler system, and the result is he’ll get burned.

    Overall, its good that he’s out of football, but there are still so many terrible coaches and GMs, that it wont matter.

  24. casualmalexlfan says: Apr 9, 2017 11:55 AM

    how they continue to get jobs?

    The Ryan brothers say what they know owners and GMs want to hear. Unfortunately, the stuff they say isn’t based in reality, just good sounding snake oil.

  25. kap1123 says: Apr 9, 2017 11:56 AM

    Apr 9, 2017 11:18 AM
    I marvel at how these billionaire NFL owners ever made their fortunes, when you look at the idiotic decisions they make with their football teams.

    Most of them didn’t make their fortunes…they inherited them.

  26. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Apr 9, 2017 12:03 PM

    Given the roster they were dealt last season, much of which was beyond their control, the Ryans had two choices: look pathetic the measured way or look pathetic the Ryan way. To no one’s surprise, they chose the Ryan way, which made following the Bills slightly more interesting than it would have been otherwise. It’s convenient to blame it all on the Ryans, so we do. Plus, piling on is fun.

  27. chargers308 says: Apr 9, 2017 12:11 PM

    Sounds like something from wwe, brothers of destruction!Like undertaker and kane

  28. ajgreenhof says: Apr 9, 2017 12:13 PM

    I love when average fans see something way in advance compared to the experts who hired those clowns.

  29. tylawspick6 says: Apr 9, 2017 12:17 PM

    rex ryan will only ever be a coordinator

    how he got a hc coaching job, i have no idea?

  30. peytonwantsaflag says: Apr 9, 2017 12:23 PM

    Only in the NFL is failure and mediocrity rewarded with promotion and multiple chances for continued failure….

    ————-

    Well that and the government

  31. davebarnes21 says: Apr 9, 2017 12:33 PM

    The Ryan brothers coaching in the NFL is the proof that there are a lot of dumb owners in the league.

  32. julyeast says: Apr 9, 2017 12:35 PM

    As a Jets fan –

    I hated Rex as a head coach. His influence on drafting was toxic. Other than Damian Harrison, there were almost no young UDFAs developed. His game time decisions were poor.

    As a defensive coordinator – he would be very good if he had veterans who could execute his complex schemes. When the Jets lost Jim Leonhard, Rex tried the same schemes and time and time again there was a blown assignment, and the defense would give up a first down conversion on 3rd and long.

    Overall, I’d say he has talent as a DC, but needs to be watched. He needs veterans because without them he wont adopt a simpler system, and the result is he’ll get burned.

    Overall, its good that he’s out of football, but there are still so many terrible coaches and GMs, that it wont matter.

    ******************************************

    can I take you to Belmont with me so you “past post” there also? I am sure you hated him after 2 straight AFC title game appearances too, right? He would still be the HC there if not for the stupid Sanchez draft pick, fluke Cruz 99 yd td, and ridiculous Tebow signing by Woody/Tanny

  33. margoadams says: Apr 9, 2017 12:40 PM

    Barnum & Bailey Could Always Use a Few New Clowns.

  34. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 9, 2017 12:43 PM

    The headline simply should have been “The Ryan brothers are terrible coaches”

  35. hamlet423 says: Apr 9, 2017 12:57 PM

    Rex Ryan hired his brother Rob

    But when he fired Karl Dunbar, he hired John Blake.

    Blake has had a colorful history in college football. At the time of the hire, he had not coached since he had to resign at North Carolina in 2010 due to a recruiting scandal. In 2012 NCAA banned Blake from recruiting for 3 years-ruling that Blake received compensation from agent Gary Wichard for recruiting players for Wichard.

    So…he is a great recruiter, for colleges AND agents.
    The worst part of firing Dunbar, if I recall correctly, was the timing–which left Dunbar few options to continue coaching in the pros. but he did land at Alabama..which is…practically a pro program.

    But for a tiny bit of perspective, Blake had hired Rex Ryan for his first coaching job at Oklahoma about 20 years earlier.

    Rex is loyal to a fault..except when one guy has more loyalty creed than the other I guess.

    Rex is a great DC, with the right players. If he has the wrong ones, he can’t adjust to fit his talent, which is why his defense gets worse and worse–the worse the fit, the more obvious is his inability to modify it.

    A great coach takes what he has and makes it as best as possible. A typical coach can’t adjust his system to his players…which is why Rex is going to be in the woulda-coulda-shoulda hall of fame.

  36. craigkintexas says: Apr 9, 2017 1:00 PM

    They didn’t fall far from the tree.

  37. jetsfaninindy says: Apr 9, 2017 1:05 PM

    Why no examples, or exact instances to back this claim? You can’t write a credible story without examples. Thia may be true, but this story is pure conjecture!

  38. cosmicconvoy says: Apr 9, 2017 1:05 PM

    Rex didn’t do worse than Sean Payton, Ron Rivera, Jeff Fisher, and a few others last year. He would’ve taken the ’16 Jets much further than Todd Bowltite managed.

  39. lingsun54 says: Apr 9, 2017 1:09 PM

    It all started when their father, Buddy Ryan, hired them for coaching positions they didn’t deserve.

  40. wib22 says: Apr 9, 2017 1:18 PM

    rex ryan will only ever be a coordinator

    how he got a hc coaching job, i have no idea?

    ****
    belicheat only got his job through nepotism.

  41. trainwrecksryan says: Apr 9, 2017 1:29 PM

    Rex didn’t quite get what he wanted; big payday for himself sure, but Rob’s redemption will never happen. He’ll be selling cutlery at county fairs and home shows for the rest of his life…

  42. tonebones says: Apr 9, 2017 2:01 PM

    Give Ryan a HOF QB and see what he can do. Just pause for a minute, and think of the coaches you consider as the greatest of all time. More often than not, there is a HOF QB standing next to them. Other than Joe Gibbs, of course.

  43. axelulen says: Apr 9, 2017 2:21 PM

    orangeraider says:
    Apr 9, 2017 11:51 AM
    Good riddance.
    Rex wont last long at ESPN, with their cost cutting.
    Hurry up and fire Berman and others like him.
    ESPN is good in televising games.
    Lousy announcers
    Lousy studio programs.
    Too many squeaky voiced females.
    Mute button gets a workout watching this collection of losers.
    ———————————————–
    Brother, you said a mouthful!!!

  44. whatjusthapped says: Apr 9, 2017 2:22 PM

    Sure, Rex is highly entertaining at his press conferences but as he has proven over and over (and at this point, beyond a shadow of a doubt), he simply can’t coach at the NFL level.

    That’s not a death wish, just a reflection of his own incompetence.

  45. wib22 says: Apr 9, 2017 2:36 PM

    at least he didn’t cheat.

  46. brownsclown says: Apr 9, 2017 2:51 PM

    If he had a true death wish he would have traded for RGMinus3!

  47. intrafinesse says: Apr 9, 2017 3:02 PM

    >>unclebluck says:
    Apr 9, 2017 10:47 AM
    Only in the NFL is failure and mediocrity rewarded with promotion and multiple chances for continued failure

    ———————————-

    I have news for you, it happens plenty in private industry.
    Many companies I’ve worked for have their share of bozos.

  48. psljax says: Apr 9, 2017 3:41 PM

    wib22 says:
    Apr 9, 2017 1:18 PM
    rex ryan will only ever be a coordinator

    how he got a hc coaching job, i have no idea?

    ****
    belicheat only got his job through nepotism

    *****
    It is not how you get the job..it is what you do with it.

  49. jimmysee says: Apr 9, 2017 3:43 PM

    The $$$$ being thrown around these days are actually kind of nauseating.

    How much did Buddy Ryan make in his best year?

    His sons are reaping value from his name.

    Nothing more.

    Certainly not from their performance.

    Really.

  50. peppy62 says: Apr 9, 2017 4:56 PM

    BB used his mind control device on the Bill’s owner to make sure hired Rex and his brother. Time to call in Ted Wells! And no, I won’t let it go.

  51. chrisk61 says: Apr 9, 2017 5:35 PM

    pegulas are to blame. and they continue make mistakes. hiring dan bylsma as head coach of sabers. as if bylsma did anything special in pitt with crosby and when fleury and malkin were both good. hiring straw boss sean mcdermott for bills when in reality ron rivera ran the defense in carolina.

    the pegulas are turning buff into a sports wasteland. which is a big deal cuz buff only has 2 teams.

  52. chrisk61 says: Apr 9, 2017 5:38 PM

    buff defense got worse under rex. it was a good solid defense before he arrived.

    at that point, the doug marrone succession, buff needed an offensive coach and in particular someone who could develop a young QB

    and they come up with REX RYAN

  53. bencoates57 says: Apr 9, 2017 5:51 PM

    Foot fetishes are genetic.

  54. ralphwilsonisrich says: Apr 9, 2017 5:54 PM

    Like Steve Miller said in his song, Take the money and Run.

  55. puckskin says: Apr 9, 2017 6:12 PM

    1999

  56. buckyfan1965 says: Apr 9, 2017 6:18 PM

    Dumb and Dumber

  57. breadmeatcheese says: Apr 9, 2017 8:13 PM

    not even close to a rex ryan fan, but, gary meyers…

    #fakenews

  58. retiredrichardsandberg says: Apr 10, 2017 12:55 AM

    Ryan is what Trump would be if he was a football coach!!!

  59. billswillnevermove says: Apr 10, 2017 9:59 AM

    I don’t believe a word of this story, but glad Rex is gone.

  60. silvernblacksabbath says: Apr 12, 2017 2:05 PM

    That Buffalo D was scary BEFORE Rex showed up.. That blows my mind!

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