Terry Pegula bought the Buffalo Bills in October 2014, which makes him relatively new in the world of NFL owners. And, as evidenced by Rex Ryan’s firing, Pegula and the rest of Buffalo’s brass are still adjusting to life in the NFL.
“Well, there’s no question the ownership is going through a phase where they’re finding out what they need to do, how to do it, what they like and what they don’t like about the organization,” former Bill and seven-time All Pro Steve Tasker said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I think a lot of people were disappointed in the way things turned out with Rex. I think they’re at a point where they want to hire a head coach and have a head coach for a long time. It got to the point in two years where the situation was you’re going to hire a guy and expect whatever problems there are that you can all work through them together and fix them and all move on as an organization. I think they got to the point where they didn’t think they could fix (Rex’s issues). They didn’t think they could fix what was going on with the team. One of the issues that I’ve heard about is they just weren’t button up to the details. If you’re not going be buttoned up, it leads to a myriad of other problems. So I think they just decided they were going to go in another direction very quickly. I think it’s probably earlier in the contract than they wanted to do, but with an ownership group like the one in Buffalo, I don’t think they have any issue leaving three years on the contract in order to move the team forward.”
Anthony Lynn, who was named interim head coach following Ryan’s dismissal, is a safe bet to become the Bills’ next head coach.
“Well, he’s a sharp guy and he got a lot out of a little,” Tasker said. “They had the No.1 rushing attack for two years. That’s hard to do. They got a lot of help from their quarterback in that regard, but they didn’t get as much help from their quarterbacks as they needed in the passing game. Tyrod Taylor still is limited as a passer. But they are a tough out, there’s no question. He did not turn it over. He did chip in a lot on the run game. LeSean McCoy and (the other running backs) did a lot of great things. They’ve still got a guy in Sammy Watkins who is absolutely a great receiver who doesn’t get enough chances because of the lack of ability to complement him in the passing game both with his health and with getting guys who can throw him the football. So they’ve got some issues there. But as far as Anthony Lynn goes, he’s gotten a lot out of that side of the football. They were scoring almost 27 points a game. That should be plenty enough to win in the NFL, but they didn’t get enough from the other side of the football.”
Buffalo went 7-9 this season. The Bills have finished with a losing record in 12 of the last 17 years and haven’t made the playoffs since 1999.