In a statement made today by Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula, he confirmed that both head coach Rex Ryan and general manager Doug Whaley will remain with the team for the foreseeable future. The Bills are currently 7-8 and have been eliminated from the playoffs going into their Week 17 matchup, hosting the New York Jets.
Preseason expectations were high for the Bills, as longtime defensive coordinator Ryan was stepping in to lead a team that already had an elite defensive unit. According to Football Outsiders’ DVOA Rankings, the Bills had the second-best defense in the NFL in 2014, trailing only last year’s NFC Champions, the Seattle Seahawks. This season, Football Outsiders ranks the Bills at only 29th in the league in defensive effectiveness, better than only the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, and New Orleans Saints.
One of the more encouraging developments of the Bills’ 2015 season was the unexpected emergence of career backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who had only attempted 35 career passes before this season. While Taylor did not accumulate huge counting statistics — as he has attempted only about 27 passes per game, and also missed two games — his per-play effectiveness was one of the league’s elite rates.