Did Rex Ryan set himself up to fail in Buffalo? (Jeffrey T. Barnes, AP)

Rex Ryan was fired as the Buffalo Bills head coach this offseason. Things got so ugly in Buffalo that his former general manager Doug Whaley didn’t even know why Rex was fired. Today Rex Ryan gave us some insight on why he believes he was dismissed from his post.

“I set the expectations too high,” Ryan told the Daily News in a wide-ranging interview on Monday night, his first since getting fired before the Bills season finale against the Jets. “Like, boy, that’s a shock. In a way, I felt, why not us? I stepped in where the head coach had quit, the defensive coordinator quit and the quarterback quit on them. So, I thought that it was important at the time to say, ‘You know what? Shoot, I believe in you. And I’m proud to be the coach here.’ Every bit of that was true. I put that truck (with the Bills logo) around town. I was all-in. Even though those other three had quit, I wasn’t a quitter. I was ready. And I wanted to be there. And I wanted to win. And I thought I could win.”

Rex’s tenure in Buffalo ended in just 2 short years going 15-16 during that time. Regardless of how Rex feels two straight years without a playoff appearance puts anyone on the hot seat in today’s win now league. It appears unlikely that he will ever get another head coaching opportunity. Ryan will serve as an analyst for ESPN for the Super Bowl.