One loss is apparently all it took to put Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan on the hot seat.
According to Sports Insights, the odds on Ryan being the first NFL head coach fired this season jumped from +2500 on August 9 to +900 yesterday. To put that in perspective, when the previous odds were released he was the the 13th-most likely head coach to go, but now, he is the fifth-most likely.
— Sports Insights (@SportsInsights) September 14, 2016
The Bills lost their season opener to the Baltimore Ravens 13-7. Their defense played well, as Ryan’s defenses typically do, but after giving starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor a new contract, trading for running back LeSean McCoy last season and healthy Sammy Watkins at wide receiver, the offense was supposed to be much improved.
The passing game never left the runway. Taylor went 15-22 for 111 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. McCoy rushed for 58 yards on 16 attempts and a touchdown. Watkins caught 4 passes for 43, but started to feel discomfort in the foot that was surgically repaired. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport he has been listed as questionable for Thursday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.
Expectations were high for the Bills last season with the arrival of Ryan, but the team finished with an 8-8 record, worse than their 9-7 record in 2014.