Two months ago, Daily News Bin reported that one NFL football head coach had seemingly lost a good portion of his locker room when he endorsed the controversial and openly racist Donald Trump. Multiple players revealed to sports reporters at the time that the move forced them to reevaluate their view of the coach in question. And now it turns out that coach has been fired
It’s not clear just how big or small of a role Rex Ryan’s controversial endorsement of Donald Trump may have played in the ultimate unraveling of his Buffalo Bills team. But two months after Bills players began telling Bleacher Report that the endorsement changed their view of Ryan as their leader, NFL.com now says he’s been fired with a week left in the season.
To be clear, NFL football coaches tend to get fired primarily for losing too many games, and rarely for any other primary reason. But with the Buffalo Bills having fallen to a losing record in 2016 which took them a step backward from their 2015 season, it raises the question of what caused the team to regress. Buffalo won its first three games this season, before going on to lose five of their next seven games. Did Rex Ryan’s controversial and locker room-dividing endorsement of Donald Trump in October ultimately cause the team’s promising start to unravel, resulting in his firing? If you enjoy Daily News Bin, consider making a contribution: