Bills fire coach Rex Ryan ahead of last game of season

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2015 file photo, Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan walks off the field at the end of an NFL training session in Chandler's Cross, England. Ryan is preparing to face his former team for the first time since being fired by the New York Jets, and linebacker IK Enemkpali will serve as one of Buffalo's captains on Thursday, Nov. 12. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2015 file photo, Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan walks off the field at the end of an NFL training session in Chandler's Cross, England. Ryan is preparing to face his former team for the first time since being fired by the New York Jets, and linebacker IK Enemkpali will serve as one of Buffalo's captains on Thursday, Nov. 12. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Bills have fired coach Rex Ryan ahead of their last game of the season after he failed to lead Buffalo to the playoffs.

Bills officials announced Ryan’s firing on Twitter on Tuesday, after a Week 16 loss to the Dolphins dropped the Bills to 7-8 and officially eliminated the team from playoff contention. The loss extended the NFL’s longest active playoff drought to 17 seasons.

Ryan was 15-16 in two seasons with Buffalo.

The Bills also said on Twitter that Ryan’s brother, Rob Ryan, was fired from his position as an assistant head coach with the responsibility to oversee defense. Rob was hired in January to improve a defense that finished 19th in the NFL last year.

Rex Ryan came to Buffalo saying this would be his last job after six seasons with the Jets.

The Bills owners, Terry and Kim Pegula, hired Ryan as a defensive specialist with the belief that he could bring the team back to relevance.

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