Rex Ryan has always talked a big game, but his teams have a bad habit of not backing up his strong statements on the field.

Rex Ryan has always talked a big game, but his teams have a bad habit of not backing up his strong statements on the field.

Ryan is an edgy, take-no-excuses kind of guy, but far too often, underachievement is commonplace amongst his teams. Things are no different in 2016.

In his second year with the Bills, fans were expecting the organization to take a big step forward this season after flashes of success in 2015. It’s still a long season. We’re only two games in, but so far, the team looks to have taken a step back.

Of course, off of the field, Ryan was there to give his players another fiery, expletive-filled speech that put all accountability on himself.

To paraphrase him as cleanly as possible, Ryan said that he would be the first person to go if the team struggled this season.

I’d say an 0-2 start is a bit of a struggle.

Well, Ryan wasn’t bluffing. A head has already rolled, but it’s not his.

Instead, offensive coordinator Greg Roman has been shipped out of Buffalo. Ryan will remain in place to make bold statements that make terrific soundbites but just don’t translate between the white lines.

Make no mistake about it, Roman suffered the same fate of many coaches in both college and pro football. He became the patsy that had to fall on his sword to save the head coach.

Someone had to go to appease the rabid fans. Ryan said it would be him, but Roman was sacrificed instead.

The Bills offense was absolutely putrid in a week one loss against the Ravens. They were only able to produce 160 total yards—which was their lowest output since 2006.

However, Roman and the offensive unit was able to turn things around in last Thursday’s loss. In a 6-point defeat to the Jets, they put up 393 total yards and 31 points.

It was actually Ryan’s pride and joy—his defense—that underperformed. They gave up a whopping 493 total yards—including 370 passing yards to Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Knowing Ryan’s history, this would sound like some freak occurrence, but it’s not. This is the reality of how things have gone during his time in Buffalo.

The problem hasn’t really been Roman’s offense; it has been Ryan and his defense.

Roman’s offense actually ranked eighth in yards per play since last year. He has actually transformed Tyrod Taylor from a backup quarterback to a respectable starter in the league.

Conversely, Ryan’s defense has underperformed.

Last season, they ranked just 19th overall—after finishing as the fourth-best unit the year before he came to town.

In addition, his defense ranked just 25th in yards per play, and they recorded just 21 sacks all of last year—which ranked 31st.

It’s time for Ryan to put his pride on the shelf and stop making excuses. It’s time for him to start applying his no-prisoners approach to himself and take a good long look at his own reflection in the mirror.

I like Rex. I like his brazenness and his brutal honesty. He’s an entertaining guy.

I’m not the only one. His players love him, too. To them, he’s just like one of them.

But the truth of the matter is, he’s just not that great of a head coach.

Only two things have gotten him so much run throughout the past five years.

One: the Ryan name is so respected in the league due to the legacy left by his father, Buddy. Two: people are still stuck in 2009 and 2010.

They remember how Ryan took over a hapless Jets team, and in his first two seasons in New York, he took them to the AFC Championship Game two years in a row.

They keep holding out hope that they’ll see that Rex Ryan again, but that guy is a distant memory. He’s been MIA for six years now.

The Jets missed out on the playoffs for four straight seasons, prompting Ryan’s termination.

The Bills missed the postseason in Ryan’s first year there, and their chances aren’t looking too good in 2016 after starting off in an 0-2 hole.

I think it’s time we all face reality. Ryan is a tremendous defensive mind, but he’s just not an NFL head coach. Defensive coordinator is the position where he belongs.