According to Ian Rapoport, the Buffalo Bills may move on from Rex Ryan because of how much they like offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn. Saying the Bills “believe in him,” Rapoport thinks the Bills might promote Lynn rather than lose him.
Lynn started the 2016 season as the Bills’ running backs coach, but was quickly promoted to coordinator when Greg Roman was let go after week two. The Bills offense under Lynn flourished immediately jumping from 151 rushing yards in two weeks to 208 yards in his first game. Lynn has led the Bills to a top-10 scoring offense and will draw head coach interviews because of that.
This won’t be the first time Lynn has interviewed for head coaching gigs. He interviewed with the Dolphins in 2009 before they chose Adam Gase. It wouldn’t even be the first time he gets interviewed by a team that has just fired Rex Ryan; the Jets interviewed him in 2015 after they fired Rex.
If the Pegulas decide to promote Lynn over keeping Rex Ryan it will likely mean the return of Tyrod Taylor. Taylor has been a large part of why Lynn’s run-first attack has worked in Buffalo. Lynn has been a successful coordinator, but the Bills will need to decide if his run-heavy offensive philosophy is one that can get the team to the playoffs.