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What are the Odds the Buffalo Bills Fire Rex Ryan?

The old adage “Coaches are hired to be fired” rings true time and time again in professional sports, but it’s especially clear in the NFL. With Black Monday on the horizon, the day after the NFL season ends when front offices tend to clean house with inept coaching staffs, Rex Ryan’s name has been thrown around.

For better or for worse, Ryan has made his mark around the NFL. Known as one of the brashest men in the league, the Buffalo Bills head coach could easily lose his job in the not so distant future. Ahead of Week 14, Ryan’s Bills are 6-6 but are facing an uphill battle to make the postseason.

Since coming to Upstate New York in 2015, Ryan has yet to take the team to the promised land. Most franchises would give a coach more time to prove himself, but the Pegula family – the Bills’ owners – are notoriously fickle and have been embracing a “Playoffs or bust” mentality. That’s not a good omen for the 53-year-old.

Online shop Bovada is offering a prop on Ryan’s job security, with a +200 chance he’ll get canned in the offseason and -300 odds he’ll be on Buffalo’s sidelines in Week 1 of the 2017 campaign.

I’m not sure if the odds add up here. Including Ryan, the Bills have had five different coaches in the last decade. Coincidentally, the Bills haven’t reached the playoffs since 1999. Buffalo’s ownership is not scared to pull the trigger, and Ryan could easily be the next victim of the team’s hasty decision-making if they miss out on the dance once again.

One thing the Bills have to ask themselves is: Are the pieces in place to win with what they have right now? Quarterback Tyrod Taylor is one of the best signal-callers the squad has had in quite some time but that’s not saying much, and the bench boss lucked into having Taylor in the first place.

Ryan has failed to upgrade the club’s receiving corps, and the addition of his brother Rob to the coaching staff hasn’t helped the defense. The unit has gotten worse as the year has gone on, as they’ve allowed at least 21 points in five of the last six games.

Unlike St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, who’s made a career out of getting contract extensions while putting forth a consistently mediocre product, Ryan has a habit of wearing out his welcome wherever he goes. Barring a surprise playoff push, I wouldn’t be surprised if that happens in January.

Will Rex Ryan be the coach of the Bills in Game 1 of the 2017 NFL season?

Odds as of December 9 at Bovada

  • YES -300
  • NO +200