Anthony Lynn said on Wednesday he wouldn’t want to be evaluated on just one game.
He better hope so.
The Bills were routed 30-10 by the Jets in Lynn’s debut as head coach and the season finale for both teams.
“I’m just so disappointed right now and the way we played,” Lynn said. “I thought we had prepared and were going to play better.”
Speculation about Lynn’s future again cropped up before the game. Ian Rapoport from NFL Network tweeted that the Bills head coaching job was Lynn’s to lose.
Lynn said that was not a factor Sunday.
“My whole intentions and whole focus was getting ready to play the New York Jets. I wasn’t really thinking about down the road,” Lynn said. “This is where I want to be is right here with the Buffalo Bills, and so this will be my number one.”
Despite the loss, his players think Lynn is their number one, too.
“I definitely think he’s a great head coach,” Sammy Watkins said. “Guys are a little bit more on edge, a little more film watching. He’s gonna get after you.”
EJ Manuel’s first start of the season was a disaster. He completed only 9 of 20 passes for 86 yards and lost a fumble that blew Buffalo’s chance to set an NFL record for least turnovers in a season.
Not in the statbook are Manuel’s all too typical struggles with accuracy. He brutally missed Charles Clay in the first half for what would have been a walk-in tying touchdown.
EJ’s difficult day did get Cardale Jones a chance to make his NFL debut in the fourth quarter, but the rookie wasn’t much better.
Jones was six of 11 for 96 yards, but 64 of it came on a heave that Justin Hunter caught after Darrelle Revis fell down. Revis also had an interception of Jones on a ball that deflected off Hunter’s hands.
Hunter was tackled at the one on his long catch, but Mike Gillislee scored three plays later for the Bills’ only touchdown of the game.
Ryan Fitzpatrick passed for 210 yards and two scores to lead the Jets. Bilal Powell rushed for 122 more and caught one of the Fitz TD throws.
The Jets also scored a touchdown on an onside kick. Sort of.
After a field goal, the Jets popped up a kickoff towards the sideline that landed around the 10 yard line.
The Bills couldn’t figure out who should catch it and Gillislee watched the ball roll into the end zone. He apparently didn’t understand the ball was live and the Jets fell on it for a touchdown.
LeSean McCoy suffered an ankle injury early in the game and did not return. He was seen jogging on the sideline and seemingly could have returned.
The game left the Bills at 7-9 for the year, while the Jets finished 5-11.