The Bills will wrap up their first season under head coach Rex Ryan and their first full calendar year under owners Terry and Kim Pegula on Sunday against the Jets. Despite the disappointment of not reaching the postseason, Buffalo's ownership threw their support behind general manager Doug Whaley and head coach Rex Ryan in a statement released by Terry Pegula Wednesday.
"As our first full season as owners of the Buffalo Bills draws to a close, management, coaches, players and fans all feel that our expectations were not met," said Pegula.
"Kim, Russ and I look forward to working and collaborating with Doug Whaley and Rex Ryan in forming a winning future for the organization. Our management team and coaching staff are very capable and work well together. This stable foundation is necessary to achieve long term success in the NFL."
Whaley in a radio interview this week on Bills flagship station WGR Sportradio 550, confirmed the solid working relationship he has with the coaching staff and ownership.
"Ownership has been great," he said Tuesday. "My relationship with Rex Ryan is something that I cherish. I wake up every day happy to come in and work with him. I've always attacked my job with the mindset to keep getting better."
Ryan addressed the media Wednesday and voiced his optimism for what 2016 will hold for the Bills.
"I know what I think the future holds for this team," said Ryan. "I'm excited about the future."
In his first season coaching the Bills, Ryan also said he learned to choose his words more carefully, feeling his promise of reaching the postseason only brought extra criticism on his players when the team fell short of those expectations.