The Buffalo Bills showed former head coach Rex Ryan the door just a few days after the team lost to the Miami Dolphins in Week 16. This was the second mediocre season for the Bills under Ryan’s tenure. The team is currently at 7-8 and will finish in third place once again in the AFC East.
Many players have since weighed in with their opinions on the season and Ryan’s coaching techniques. Per Mike Rodak of ESPN, this is what the team’s No. 1 running back had to say of the situation:
“LeSean McCoy says discipline “has been an issue” with Bills this season, citing players not being on time or not knowing their assignments on the field. McCoy says he does not necessarily want a “strict” coach to replace Rex Ryan, as Sammy Watkins suggested Thursday, but he wants the next coach to be “respectful.”
At this point, the Bills are in a messy state. In addition to having to find a new head coach once the season is over, the team also has to figure out if it wants to retain the services of quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Reportedly, he’s already been determined to be on his way out (more on that here).
For the final game of the season, the Bills have announced that E.J. Manuel, an original first-round draft bust from 2013, will start against the New York Jets.
As for McCoy, he had one of his best seasons to date. Despite missing one game, McCoy tallied a combined 1,607 yards and 14 touchdowns. It is just unfortunate that his personal performance is clouded by all the dysfunction that existed along the course of the season.
McCoy will enter his third year as a member of the Bills when 2017 kicks off. Meanwhile, the franchise has much work to do during the offseason to ramp up for next September.