The Bills finished 7-9 in 2016, missing the postseason for the 17th consecutive season.Were the embarrassing and disloyal leaks about the imminent firing of Rex Ryan as coach, widely attributed to Whaley or his staff, sufficient for ownership to say “enough”?”Doug has control of the 53″.He previously spent 12 seasons in Philadelphia, and was an assistant on the Eagles team that lost the 2005 Super Bowl to New England.There are very positive talks between the Buffalo Bills and Sean McDermott about the team’s head coaching vacancy, but still issues and questions that must be addressed before those talks can advance, people with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports on Monday night. Interim head coach Anthony Lynn was expected to be the favorite to replace Ryan before Lynn moved on to other head-coaching interviews. As a play caller, McDermott loves to bring pressure and is unafraid to blitz and use myriad looks – of course, that was the kind of creativity and bravado Ryan was billed to have. I actually argued back in December that the Bills’ coaching job would be the third-best opening on the market.More than that, Ryan seemed averse to modifying his defensive system to better fit his personnel. While it looks like Wilks will be promoted to defensive coordinator, here are a few reasons why it makes sense for him to stay. I thought he warranted more playing time last season and would like to see him get a legitimate shot at one of the backup DT spots in this new scheme. Once again, McDermott’s passion, intensity, and proclivity for hard work is impressive – and will be a breath of fresh air for the franchise and their fans.Whaley said he is taking a team-first approach with McDermott.If he can put his troubles aside, Dareus would most likely play the 3-technique (aligning on the outside shoulder of the guard) but still play a 1-technique (inside shoulder of guard) and even shade the center since McDermott likes to cover the A-gaps in his 4-3 Under defense. Instead of making a big play to slow the momentum, he frequently went three and out, failing to stop the game from slipping away. With a decision of that magnitude on the horizon, it’s the smart approach from McDermott to be noncommittal at this point, but also notable because it confirms the Bills are at least considering life without Tyrod Taylor.”In order to build chemistry you’ve got to really know one another”, McDermott said, via David Newton of ESPN. “If it’s three guys going, then it’s three guys going, and we have to figure out a different way to get there faster on our part”.