Jim Kelly: Rex Ryan knows he needs to make playoffs to keep job

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Rex Ryan has been good theater since coming to Buffalo, but everyone there knows it’s time for results.

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly made the expectations clear Thursday during an interview on the Jim Rome Show, saying Ryan needed to make the playoffs this year if he wanted to keep his job.

“I think we need to do it [make the playoffs],” Kelly said, via NJ.com. “I think we have to do it. If we don’t, I think Rex will probably be looking for another job. I think everybody knows that, including Rex. We have the nucleus to get it done.

“On paper, we look great, and we should be a very good team. But you cannot go to the playoffs, you can’t win championships, when you’re spending most of your time in the training room [with injuries]. You’ve got to stay healthy. Our key guys have got to stay healthy.”

Ryan went 8-8 in his first season with the Bills, making things interesting at times. But neither he nor they have been to the playoffs in quite some time.

And if those streaks don’t end this year, they’re apparently ready to look in another direction. Owner Terry Pegula reportedly gave a playoffs-or-else ultimatum to both Ryan and General Manager Doug Whaley before the end of last season, which sets the stage for a fascinating year for the entire organization.

24 responses to “Jim Kelly: Rex Ryan knows he needs to make playoffs to keep job

  1. I dislike Rex Ryan, but it seems like a stupid and costly policy to give a coach 2 years.

    To make the playoffs in the AFC east is especially difficult because the New England Patriots remain a strong team. As long as Brady is healthy and Belichick is the head coach, NE is the team to beat.
    That leaves winning the wild card as the only alternative.
    That’s possible, but usually requires a very good record. Going 10-6 may not be enough.

    Saying to a coach “Unless you go 11-5 or better you will be fired” will result in frequent coaching staff changes. I’m fine with the owner paying out of pocket for their contracts, but does that help with players learning new systems all the time?

  2. Jim Kelly is 100% wrong about this.

    Anyone who is familiar with the way Kim and Terry Pegula (the owners of the team) operate know that they would never issue such an ultimatum.

    Kelly is a great guy, but he does not speak for the owners.

    Rex would not be let go merely for not making the playoffs just like Dan Bylsma will not be let go if the Buffalo Sabres do not make the playoffs.

  3. Where will 10-11 wins come from?

    The Bills face: [3 patritions based on team strength]
    Patriots (twice)
    Seahawks
    Cardinals
    Bengals

    Steelers
    Oakland
    Jets (twice)
    Miami (twice)
    Rams
    Ravens

    Browns
    Jaguars
    49ers

    Playing 7-9 teams isn’t an automatic win.
    The Bills will need Tyrod Taylor / Watkins to stay healthy, play very well, have some good unexpected production from draft picks, and win all the games against the lower and middle tier.
    Losing to the Steelers may be enough to not make the playoffs.

    So the Bills fire Rex. How easy is it to get another coach, given that you can get fired in 2 years? Will the Bills need to pay up? Ok. But does this help the offense, learning yet another new system. Or the defense?

  4. I’m not a big believer in Rex as a head coach as it seems to me he has shown an inability to champion the offensive side of the ball. But I also think a playoffs or bust ultimatum is stupid. It only encourages the coach and the GM to mortgage the future to win today. Each season has to be evaluated fairly based on what the reasonable expectation was for it. Taking in to account injuries and players that failed to launch.

  5. The entire AFCE has its work cut out for them this season. They go against two of the best divisions in football. The NFCW and the AFCN then add in Oakland and the tough AFCE ? Mandating any coach to make the playoffs with that schedule is not really sound thinking.

  6. What’s with the rex sympathizers? We haven’t been to the playoffs since 99. Sorry, the man and his big mouth are sent packing if he doesn’t deliver.

  7. folkcrusader says:
    Jun 10, 2016 11:31 AM

    I’m not a big believer in Rex as a head coach as it seems to me he has shown an inability to champion the offensive side of the ball.

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    I’m not much of a fan of Rex, but the Bills fielding what I would consider to be a playoff ready offense (especially considering all of the injuries) for the first time in years was the saving grace of last season. How much of that is attributable to Rex, I don’t know. But the defense and special teams were clearly the weaknesses.

  8. The worst move the Bills could make is keeping him after this season. I get people think it’s wrong to fire a coach after two years but the Bills have a playoff team and Rex couldn’t get them there in 2015 with a cupcake schedule and a QB in Tyrod Taylor who was relatively unknown who really had no game tape on him. I don’t even have to get into the drop off of the defense, everybody knows.

  9. Rex Ryan after his first big loss.

    “This one is on me”.

    Rex Ryan after his first close loss.

    “We had this game, we just didn’t execute we need to do better”

    Rex Ryan after his first loss to a team with a losing record.

    “It’s obvious that some people don’t want to be here, change is coming”.

    Rex Ryan after his season is loss.

    “Bringing my brother in was a mistake, that I will never make again.”

  10. If the Pegula’s really gave that ultimatum which I don’t think they did, then they may have Cowher in mind.

    peytonmanningsforehead :
    Jim Kelly isn’t a winner? What planet do you live on. I implore you to spend the remainder of your weekend gathering your thoughts together. I also suggest you come up with a new PFT screen name while your at it.

    Moronic statement.

  11. EHH

    Rex showed some stuff in Buffalo last year which was very worrisome.

    Sticking with EJ Manuel as a backup cost him at least one game. The london game vs the Jaguars was a disaster–they spotted them a 21 point lead.

    They had massive problems with headsets in some games. Rex blamed the patriots and then the NFL. The batteries were dead. Nobody on his staff checked the headsets and the batteries? Yup. They still had trouble getting in defensive calls on time.

    One of the most penalized teams in the league. And then bragged about it.

    The game vs the Chiefs was another gem. After years as a head coach, he didn’t know or understand how to check video whether he should have challenged a chiefs TD. Then he was angry at the stadium for not showing the replay for him. Arrowhead stadium. Shows poor judgement and organization. Later in the same game there was another play he didn’t challenge–waiting for a replay.

    Was claiming IK Enemkpali really helpful to the Bills or a waste of a roster spot? And naming him a captain vs the Jets was not exactly wise. Rex loves tweaking his opponents and trash talking more than winning. He has not won enough lately pull this off.

    Lastly, he basically said any players that didn’t work out with the Jets were the ones he didn’t want them to draft. I believe most of those players were the ones he wanted. He just blames the busts on prior GMs.

    He loves the spotlight. He hates admitting when he is wrong. He rarely takes the blame for boneheaded moves.

    The Bills have too much talent not to make the playoffs. Rex is not a rookie coach trying to find his way. They brought him in win now. It might suck he only gets 2 years, but not winning while running your mouth is a good way to get fired quickly.

    And he dumped his old friend Karl Dunbar like a bad habit, for a guy that was banned from the NFL for working to get agents hooked up with players. Shady as hell.

  12. bills9951 says:
    Jun 10, 2016 12:42 PM

    If the Pegula’s really gave that ultimatum which I don’t think they did, then they may have Cowher in mind.

    peytonmanningsforehead :
    Jim Kelly isn’t a winner? What planet do you live on. I implore you to spend the remainder of your weekend gathering your thoughts together. I also suggest you come up with a new PFT screen name while your at it.

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    Kelly isn’t a winner. Show me his Superbowl resume. Invest in a dictionary and see what it says a winner is. I’ll give you a hint; it means someone who doesn’t lose. 0 and 4. Get it? Zero out of FOUR chances. If that isn’t a LOSER what is? What planet does ZERO wins out of FOUR chances count as being a winner? Exactly. He’s a LOSER!!!!
    Of course, being a jills fan you’d have no idea what a winner looks like, would you?

  13. Next stop: Miami. That way Sexy Rexy can spend his entire coaching career facing the Patriots and losing twice per season. In the meantime, he can keep helping the Patriots coast to the playoffs every year!

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