It did not take long for Rex Ryan to cause controversy in Buffalo.
After failing to take the Bills to the playoffs in his first season with the team, the often controversial head coach was given a mandate that the team must improve in his second season with the franchise or his job could be in jeopardy.
Kevin Patra of NFL.com writes:
"The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reported Tuesday, citing a team source, that during Terry Pegula's 2015 post-mortem meeting with Ryan and general manager Doug Whaley, the owner gave the duo an ultimatum: "Make the necessary fixes to get the team into the playoffs in the 2016 season or be fired."
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The Bills beat the New York Jets twice this season, the second time knocking their AFC East rivals out of playoff contention.
But Ryan was brought in to get Buffalo back to the post season and bring back the glory days of football when Buffalo was the best team in the AFC. Buffalo has not made the playoffs in 16 years. This season both the offense and the defense – Ryan’s calling card – had problems throughout the year.
According to Patra’s story, there have been rumors circulating that Whaley’s job might be in trouble if the team did not show improvement. Pegula said candidly that the team’s expectations were not met this past season and that while there could be
Pegula said candidly that the team’s expectations were not met this past season and that while there could be long-term success under Ryan, the team must have a better showing next year.
Whaley will be in the final year of his contract with the team when the 2016 season starts. Ryan will still have four years remaining on his contract.
There will be changes on the defensive side of the ball with the team rumored to be releasing defensive end Mario Williams.
The team could also face questions at other key defensive positions, running back and possibly at quarterback in the offseason. They did announce they had signed running back Mike Gillislee to a contract extension and three other players on the roster.