The Buffalo Bills could be in for a major overhaul this offseason as both their quarterback Tyrod Taylor and their coach, Rex Ryan, could be shown the door. And one potential replacement for Taylor? The Cowboys high aid backup Tony Romo.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Tyrod Taylor is auditioning for his job over the next four weeks of the season.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 11, 2016
“Sitting at 6-6, their playoffs lives on the line vs. the Steelers, Taylor’s future with the Bills could be made soon. General manager Doug Whaley, however, said this week on WGR-AM 550 in Buffalo that the team has made no decision about his future, saying the quarterback has ‘got four more games to write this chapter.'”
But Rapoport suggests it’s the nature of Taylor’s contract that puts the Bills front office in control of Tyrod’s future and not the QB himself, “which is exactly what it was intended to do,” Rapoport reports. But it’s not like Taylor’s previous work with the team holds no bearing either and that it all comes down to the next four weeks.
“They’ll make the decision on his total body of work, meaning he still has a quarter of the season to state his case. The Bills are also aware that Taylor is only in his second year as a starter, so they aren’t rushing to judgment.”
If they decide to move on, Rapoport is reporting that the Bills are eyeing the aforementioned Tony Romo. They ma also have a look at the Bears’ Jay Cutler who is expected to be released following his placement on the IR recently.
Another Bill that may not have until the end of the season to prove himself is Rex Ryan. According to CBS Sports, Ryan could be fired as soon as Monday.
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) December 11, 2016
“The Bills are 6-6 but mired in internal turmoil and dissension again, and Rex Ryan’s tenure at coach is believed to be nearing an end,” Jason La Canfora reports. Apparently, a fractious relationship with GM Doug Whaley is at the root of the rumor.
“Ryan’s relationship with general manager Doug Whaley and other Bills executives has always been rocky, and that has continued through this season. The front office continues to maintain that the team has superior talent than the results indicate, a message that has been repeated to owner Terry Pegula regularly.”
The rumor at the beginning of the year was that Rex was on a playoffs or bust initiative after only one year as head coach. He famously used that in a profanity-laced motivational speech to his team, as reported by NJ Dot Com.
“Everything’s questioned,” Ryan told his players. “I forgot to how to f*****g coach. ‘The players don’t respond to Rex, he don’t know what the f**k he’s doing anymore.'”
And while the Bills did ride a four-game win streak earlier in the year, things are in dire straights now, and it could have a ripple effect across the board.
“I’d say I’m 95 percent sure Rex is gone by the end of the season,” said one source who has been in contact with Pegula and other Bills brass, “and he could be out as soon as Monday.”
And if Rex Ryan is indeed canned before the end of the year then all bets are off for Tyrod Taylor too.
What do you think? Should the Bills fire Rex Ryan?
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