When Rex Ryan was fired in Buffalo, Anthony Lynn, to the surprise of no one, was promoted to interim head coach. Now we just have to wait and see if the Bills drop the “interim” tag.
Should Lynn, 48, be the head coach?
“I believe he will get it. I don’t know about should,” CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “This has been going on since November. It’s been in the works for quite some time. He’s been meeting with the GM, Doug Whaley, for weeks. Doug Whaley won another power struggle. This time Rex Ryan is gone. They basically found somebody who was willing to go along with them pretty much shutting Tyrod Taylor down as soon as Rex was fired as head coach, and we saw that happen. And they wanted to get a look at Cardale Jones, and we saw that happen.”
EJ Manuel and Cardale Jones both saw time in Buffalo’s 30-10 road loss to the Jets on New Year’s Day. Manuel was 9-of-20 for 86 yards, while Jones was 6-of-11 for 96 yards and one interception.
“And there’s still been, believe it or not, more turmoil in Buffalo,” La Canfora said. “Even though this plan has been hatched weeks ago and basically the owner was on board, there’s been some bruised egos and people upset about what this guy said at his press conference or what this guy said at that press conference. And Anthony Lynn, I’m told, does have some trepidation about exactly what they’re going to do at the quarterback spot given that they don’t want to pick up that option on Tyrod Taylor. But saying all that, with the caveat being this is Buffalo and anything is possible, I still would be very surprised if it’s not Anthony Lynn – just because again this process has been going on for weeks, as previously reported. He’s interviewing with them (Thursday). He wants to bring in Gus Bradley as a defensive coordinator. And again, I suspect that it gets done.”
Bradley went 14-48 in three-plus seasons in Jacksonville, never finishing better than 5-11.
Buffalo, which lost four of five to close the season, finished 7-9 and has not made the playoffs since 1999.