Bill Belichick weighs in on Rex Ryan being cut loose by Bills
With the Buffalo Bills deciding to cut loose Rex Ryan on Tuesday, Bill Belichick has seen yet another AFC East coaching rival get fired. The New England Patriots head coach reacted to Ryan’s dismissal after only two seasons by suggesting perhaps frequent coaching changes aren’t the “best way to manage a team.”
Belichick made the critical comments about the rash of coaches being fired during the season while making an appearance on WEEI’s “Dale & Holley” program. It appears Belichick not only feels embattled coaches should be given the opportunity to finish out the season but they should also be given more time to prove their worth to an organization.
“There’s not too much I can do about it,” Belichick said, via WEEI.com. “Every situation is different. I don’t know exactly where everybody else is. I try and dedicate my time and energy into the situation I am in. I can’t really comment on what is going on with everybody else.
“There is a lot of change. It’s frequent and it seems like it is coming earlier and earlier every year. I don’t think personally that’s the best way to manage a team, but that’s really not my call. Some of these guys, they just do whatever they do. Can’t worry about it. Just make the best decisions for our team and get ready to go here.”
The Bills on Tuesday named Anthony Lynn the team’s interim coach, making him the 23rd coach for the Bills, New York Jets or Miami Dolphins since the start of the 2000 season.
Belichick, who was similarly critical when the Philadelphia Eagles cut Chip Kelly loose last season, arguably — and rightfully — has the most job security of any coach in major professional sports. The fact that so many coaches have been run through the ranks of the Patriots’ division rivals alone makes that clear. Although the case can be made that Belichick is the primary figure responsible for the revolving door at the head coach position for those teams.