Bills Reportedly Give Ryan, Whaley One more Year to get them to the Playoffs
Rex Ryan will have to lead the Bills to a playoff run next season or else his coaching career in Buffalo will be coming to an end.
According to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, a team source revealed that during a meeting held by Terry Pegula, the owner of the Bills, Pegula gave a warning to Ryan and general manager Doug Whaley.
Pegula reportedly said, "Make the necessary fixes to get the team into the playoffs in the 2016 season or be fired."
At the meeting, which took place about one week ago, Bills management and the coaching staff discussed the 2015 season as well as plans for the next season.
Ryan has four years remaining on his five-year long contract, which has a guaranteed salary of $27.5 million. He is expected to be making some changes to his staff. Whaley has one year left on his contract.
It is unclear whether or not the Bills plan on extending Whaley's contract. When asked about that possibility, Whaley had said:
"The only thing I expect to do, as every day, (is) come in here and try to get better. I mean, that stuff, I'll leave to Russ and the ownership. I just know that every day I've come in here, I've had positive feedback from the Pegulas."
Just last week, Pegula vocalized his support for Ryan and Whaley.
"(Bills co-owner and Pegula's wife) Kim, (team managing partner/president) Russ (Brandon) and I look forward to working and collaborating with Doug Whaley and Rex Ryan in forming a winning future for the organization. Our management team and coaching staff are very capable and work well together. This stable foundation is necessary to achieve long-term success in the NFL."
The Bills finished third in the AFC East with an 8-8 record.
The Bills have not made it to the playoffs since 1999.