In the aftermath of last Sunday’s reports that Bills coach Rex Ryan is on the outs, it quickly became clear that Ryan has neither sought nor obtained any assurances about his future. In light of the news that the Bills are preparing to part ways with Ryan and that Ryan knows it’s coming, here’s an obvious question: Why not just fire Ryan now?

As explained on last Sunday’s Football Night in America, firing Ryan with games left in the season would give the Bills a chance to provide offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn an on-the-job audition for a promotion.

It’s possible, of course, that the team doesn’t want to give Lynn an on-the-job audition, given that interim coaches often prompt a short-term artificial bump in performance, as the players realize that helping the interim coach become the permanent coach could help them avoid being interim employees, too.