Rex Ryan came into the season as a lame-duck coach for the New York Jets, and he needed to put together a winning season to earn a contract extension from new general manager John Idzik. Sitting at 5-4 through nine games Ryan has shown his resiliency and may just be back with the Jets next season. The truth is if Ryan played the Buffalo Bills every week he’d likely have already earned a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract extension.
Since Ryan took over the Jets in 2009 he has a 7-2 record against the Bills including a 27-20 win earlier this season. His only losses came in his first game against the Bills in 2009, a 16-13 OT loss at the Meadowlands, and the season-ending game last year. The Jets lost to the Bills by a score of 28-9 after Ryan had to reinsert Mark Sanchez back into the lineup after he had been benched weeks earlier. Other than that it has been Ryan dominance over the Bills.
When you dig a bit deeper it’s easy to see the reason why wins have come so easily for Ryan against the Bills — their offense has trouble matching up with his defense. The Bills have only scored more than 21 points in three of the nine games against Ryan. Five of the seven losses to the Jets by the Bills have come by more than two touchdowns. It’s been an ongoing problem with whoever the coaching staff has been in Buffalo, and it continues with rookie OC Nathaniel Hackett this season. They simply can’t figure out the attacking 3-4 defensive scheme. Ryan knows this and he eats them alive nearly every single time.
The Bills had better figure it out soon because it stands to reason that Ryan may not be going anywhere anytime soon. The lame duck will be 6-4 if he wins this week and will give his team the upper hand for the final wild card spot. If Ryan makes the playoffs you can bet he gets an extension and the Bills will see plenty more of him in the coming years. Ryan is probably the last guy that you want to have nightmares about so the Bills would be wise to try and get over the Ryan hump in the first year of the Doug Marrone regime or they may be in for a long offseason of seeing Ryan in their sleep.