Sorry, Bills Fans: Rex Ryan is No Wayne Fontes

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Oct 26, 2015

You gotta give credit to Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan.

He's parlayed bombast and bluster into a seven-year NFL coaching career with two different teams, despite the fact he's a loser coach. His teams are undisciplined, they commit a gross number of penalties, they make critical mistakes and they lose games.

Yet, thanks to his personal PR machine that makes him out to be a players' coach with a take-no-prisoners attitude verse his opponents, he's earned a reputation as a fairly good coach.

Hell, desperate Buffalo Bills fans thought Ryan was the second coming of Vince Lombardi, when he signed on to coach their team earlier this year after six years losing with the AFC East rival Jets. They even harbored visions of beating the Patriots.


Wethinks now the honeymoon is over, after Ryan's signature defense was torched by underachieving Jacksonville QB Blake Bortles and the sad-sack Jaguars during a 34-31 loss Sunday in London.

The reality is that Ryan is not a very good coach. Here's a quick look at his career coaching record compared with the record of a handful of guys widely perceived to be loser coaches.


Wayne Fontes – 66-67-0 (.496)

Mike Tice – 32-33-0 (.492)

Jack Del Rio – 71-74-0 (.490)

Dave Wannstedt – 82-87 (.485)

Norv Turner – 114-122-1 (.483)

Rex Ryan – 49-54-0 (.476)

The Bills on Sunday did all the typical loser things Rex Ryan's loser teams do: they failed to convert third downs (3 of 12); they failed to convert fourth downs (0 for 1); they were inefficient in the passing game (5.7 yards per dropback); they couldn't hold on to the ball (4 turnovers); they failed to convert red zone opportunities (1 of 3); and, of course, they committed a gross number of penalties (10 for 87 yards).

The Bills now average 95.7 yards of accepted penalties per game, easily the most in the NFL. That's an entire quarter's worth of offense for even a good offensive team: 25 percent of a team's expected production lost to penalties. That's a lack of discipline. And that's a reflection of bad coaching.

Sorry Bills, fans. Sorry Rex Ryan. You're no Vince Lombardi. Hell, you're no Wayne Fontes, either.


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