Rex Ryan on Jim Kelly saying he’ll be fired if no playoffs: One man’s opinion

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Former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly shared some of his thoughts on the current team last week, including his belief that another year without a playoff berth will spell the end of Rex Ryan’s tenure as the head coach in Buffalo.

Kelly said that he thinks Ryan knows that’s the case, although that wasn’t Ryan’s response when he was asked about Kelly’s comments on Tuesday. Ryan called it “one man’s opinion” and added that he thought Kelly’s opinion about his coaching ability would be a positive one.

“I think if you ask Jim, Jim knows I’m a hell of a coach and a good coach for this team and this community,” Ryan said, via ESPN.com. “I think he would tell you that. I hope he would.”

That would also just be one man’s opinion, of course, and not the man making the decisions about the future of the Bills organization. That would be owner Terry Pegula, who publicly said that Ryan failed to meet expectations by going 8-8 last year. Privately, Pegula reportedly said something close to what Kelly said on the radio last week and that could prove harder to shrug off should Ryan again fail to find the right side of .500 in 2016.

35 responses to “Rex Ryan on Jim Kelly saying he’ll be fired if no playoffs: One man’s opinion

  1. rex didn’t think he was gonna get fired from the Jets also. he didn’t think his brother was gonna get fired for the cowboys or saints either.

  2. I can’t remember ever hearing a coach say how good a coach he himself is, as much as Rex does. Helluva coach. Reminds me of LaDainian Tomlinson saying how classy a person LaDainian Tomlinson is. If you have to tell people, even the person saying it doesn’t quite believe it.

  3. Buffalo brass is creating a self-fulfilling prophecy by taking every opportunity to publically-disclose Rex Ryan’s job status.

    Perhaps it lights a fire under his belly (am I allowed to say that?).

    But perhaps it gives Bills fans more reason to sulk. And most importantly it perhaps gives the players on the roster the sense they’re playing for a lame duck.

    I can see how 8-8 was a disappointment and how the defense took a monumental step backwards. But Buffalo cannot wish themselves into the playoffs just because they want to be there.

  4. This will be the first year that Bills fans will actually be hoping they miss the playoffs then.

    Lolz

    Poor suffering Bills fans.

  5. Playoffs? What is Jim Kelly talking about? Since Rex became a head coach he’s been in 2 Super Bowls every year! One in NJ/Buf and the other in NE. Those are the only 2 games that matter to him.

  6. Rex Ryan is going nowhere regardless what record he ends the season with…
    Pegula knows that the revolving door at the coaching position that has been going ever since the Levy days is no good for a team… any team…
    Since Levy- (182) 112-70 (.615) Playoffs (19) 11-8
    Phillips- (48) 29-19 (.604) Playoffs (2) 0-2
    Williams- (48) 17-31 (.354) None
    Mularkey- (32) 14-18 (.438) None
    Jauron- (57) 24-33 (.421) None
    Fewell- (7) 3-4 (.429) None
    Gailey- (48) 16-32 (.333) None
    Marrone- (32) 15-17 (.469) None
    Ryan- (16) 8-8 (.500) ?

    Ryan will be in Buffalo for a while… Now Doug Whaley, that’s a different story.

  7. Only a franchise this derelict would consider getting fired by the Jets to be a resume builder.

  8. Wrecks IS and SHOULD BE on thin ice. His results have never matched his mouth and inflated ego.

    Just mostly seen as a blowhard. He’ll wear out his welcome soon enough. Not HC material.

  9. Here’s the problem with Rex…

    Bills fans, and everyone else, see last year’s results as 8-8…

    Rex sees it as 2-0 …against the Jets.

    That’s all.

  10. dedmedic says:
    Jun 14, 2016 3:48 PM

    I can’t remember ever hearing a coach say how good a coach he himself is, as much as Rex does.

    =================================

    Rob Ryan is just as bad. Everywhere he’s been given the boot he did a great job and it wasn’t his fault. He had the bottom ranked defense while in New Orleans but somehow he wasn’t responsible for it.

    His players love him but that’s understandable because he’s a soft coach and not much on discipline.

  11. Prior to Rex going 8-8 the 4 prior years the Bills went:

    6-10
    6-10
    6-10
    9-7

    In addition, the team with the best record over 15+ years is also in your division, and they still have their hall of fame QB and coach, and are both effective, which means it’s unlikely you will come in first. You must win the wild card to make the playoffs.

    I dislike Rex but to fire a coach who takes over a team with that record and fails to make the playoffs in 2 years seems self destructive. If Rex is a bad coach, fine , fire him. But how will the Bills get a good coach if they worry that going 8-8 and 9-7 will get them fired?
    1. 2 years is a probably too short unless the HC is terrible.
    2. The GM has a big impact on the teams composition
    3. You play in the same division as the Patriots, good luck winning a wild card berth.

  12. Sorry Rex it looks like you and your bro will be headed to the Canadian league next year. I cant imagine any other horrible team to take another chance on ths side show.

  13. There was a great movie made in Buffalo back in 1986. Here’s the plot…
    Bills head coach Hank Bullough sucked terribly, lasted 8 games and was fired after losing to the lowly Buccaneers. The next day, GM Bill Polian announces the hiring of future HOF coach Marv Levy and the rest, as they say, is history.
    Jump to the present year 2016. Looks like Buffalo is getting ready to film “The Rest Is History 2” starring current HC Wrecks Lyin in the Bullough role and future HOF coach Tom Coughlin in the Levy role. Can’t wait personally. I hear Coughlin won a couple of SB rings in his previous film. Gonna be a BLOCKBUSTER!

  14. I personally would be very disappointed to see Rex fired. After all, he does provide a fairly high entertainment experience for the rest of the AFC east. On the other hand, Bills fans are great, loyal fans and deserve better.

  15. Prior to Rex going 8-8 the 4 prior years the Bills went:

    6-10
    6-10
    6-10
    9-7

    In addition, the team with the best record over 15+ years is also in your division, and they still have their hall of fame QB and coach, and are both effective, which means it’s unlikely you will come in first. You must win the wild card to make the playoffs.

    I dislike Rex but to fire a coach who takes over a team with that record and fails to make the playoffs in 2 years seems self destructive. If Rex is a bad coach, fine , fire him. But how will the Bills get a good coach if they worry that going 8-8 and 9-7 will get them fired?
    1. 2 years is a probably too short unless the HC is terrible.
    2. The GM has a big impact on the teams composition
    3. You play in the same division as the Patriots, good luck winning a wild card berth.

    ——————————————————————

    all good points but Mr. Defense took a 54 sack team that yielded 289 points and made it a 20 sack team that gave up 359 with many of the same players….

    if he did the reverse, he would still be going on and on about what a great job he did……..

    though he did a nice job his first two seasons with the Jets

    which, by the way, was mostly Eric Mangini’s guys

    if his name was Rex Jones, no one would care

    Same for his brother (the abominible snowman from ‘rudolph the red-nosed reindeer)

  16. Same as morning DJ’s who have to tell you their funny or the for profit college that has to advertise that it is a great place to learn,
    It should be obvious and it’s not. Win something Rex , make your coaching ability obvious to everyone and then you will be a deity in Buffalo like Jim Kelly.

  17. I see that Rex Ryan is still a legend in his own mind. But Bills fans shouldn’t feel lonely because Hue Jackson in Cleveland is cut from the same cloth.

  18. Since the real Super Bowl for Rex had been against the Patriot’s, he should use a strategy that Buffalo fans choose to ignore because it would expose the hypocrisy of some of the fans here. A special teams coach for the Bills realized he could create a wind tunnel if the Bills opened the east-side tunnel door of the stadium. On the New England punt against the wind, the Bills coach signaled the equipment managers and told them to open the doors. As a result, the punt came off the punters foot perfectly OK but then the wind sent it right back at him. This cheating helped the team to win the game. So there you go Rex. Do what Buffalo fans choose to ignore and bend the rules(cheat) against the Patriot’s. That is your Super Bowl and the Super Bowl for Bills fans who troll all Patriot stories but hehateme will continue to act like the team has never violated a rule in team history! Enjoy more of Rex guaranteeing nothing Bills fans!

  19. ” I’m a hellva coach”…….and if you don’t believe me, just ask my brother!

  20. I wish Jim Kelly well in his battle with cancer, he seems like a good person.

    Having said that, what does Jim Kelly know about winning a Super Bowl?

    He had 4 chances in a row to win ONE, and he never did.

    I think Wrecks is a joke, but he’s from from all that’s wrong with the Bills and that town, that loser mentality is there to stay.

  21. It would be ridiculous to have such a binary decision.

    Playoffs depend on a lot of things, especially with the “every division winner gets in” rule.

    Every year it seems like a good 10-6 or 9-7 team in a tough division gets left out in the cold while some cream puff division sends someone limping in, sometimes with a losing record. (2010 Seahawks, 2014 Panthers). Oh, let’s not forget the Brady-less Patriots going 11-5 one year after 18-1 being upstaged by the 8-8 Chiefs.

    2015: Jets (overrrated, but come on, better than Washington)
    2014: Bills, Eagles
    2013: Cardinals
    2010: Bucs and Giants
    2008

  22. The Bills still don’t have a competent QB who they can depend on.

    2016 Bills. Same old result with different circumstances.

  23. Kelly never said the Bills had to win or even go to a SB. All he said was playoffs. And stop with the whole loser mentality of Buffalo and it’s fans. Its not the fans fault for a crappy run team the last 15 or so years. EVERY team experiences it. For EVERY fan of every playoff team…enjoy it now because one day your team WILL suck and you’ll be laughed at and ridiculed by the rest of the league too. They say what goes around, comes around. Trust me…it will!

  24. Kelly didn’t say it first, the team’s owner did. Terry Pegula is a saint for stopping the Bills from having to travel north to the middles eastern cesspool called Toronto.

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