The Bills’ playoff hopes officially came to an end with Saturday’s loss to the Dolphins, and the costliest play in that loss was a 57-yard run by Miami’s Jay Ajayi that set up the game-winning field goal. And the worst thing about it for the Bills is that their defense only had 10 players on the field for that play.
Rex Ryan acknowledged today that there was a miscommunication resulting in only 10 players going out for that defensive snap, and Ryan also acknowledged that it’s his responsibility to see to it that every player knows where he’s supposed to be.
“Should have had 11 on the field,” Ryan said. “One hundred percent of what happens on the field is my responsibility.”
Ryan, who is widely expected to lose his job as a result of the Bills missing the playoffs for the second straight season, said it stung to get eliminated in a game the Bills had a good chance of winning.
“That’s about as painful of a loss as I can remember,” Ryan said. “It’s a loss you lose sleep over.”
And only having 10 players on the field is the kind of mistake that coaches lose jobs over.