Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan hasn’t heard anything about getting fired.
Ryan told reporters he had no idea about reports that he could be out the door as soon as Monday, even trying to cast doubt on the story.
Ryan was also forced to defend his record and his relationship with general manager Doug Whaley.
Ryan also refused to commit to Tyrod Taylor as next week’s quarterback, which may well accelerate this situation. Either way, it sounds like there’s a lot of discontent and possible big changes to the Bills.
Rex Ryan is not expected to be back with the Buffalo Bills next season, according to a report.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports said Sunday that it would take an “overwhelming performance” down the stretch for Ryan to keep his job. In fact, La Canfora reports that Ryan could be fired as early as Monday depending on how his team looks against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
Ryan is said to have a “rocky” relationship with the Bills front office, and team executives feel the coach has underachieved with the talent he has on his roster. Because of that strained relationship, the belief is that the Bills would have to come close to winning all of their remaining games for Ryan to keep his job. One source told La Canfora he is “95 percent sure Rex is gone by the end of the season.”
In addition to Ryan, the Bills are said to be evaluating quarterback Tyrod Taylor. If Taylor is still on the roster come March 11, he will be owed $31 million in guaranteed money. The Bills are leaning toward not picking up Taylor’s option.
The Bills are 6-6 this season after finishing 8-8 and missing the playoffs last year. Perhaps Ryan’s bosses are getting tired of him making headlines more for zingers like this than for winning games.
The Buffalo Bills may have Sammy Watkins back on Sunday.
Coach Rex Ryan said Thursday that he feels cautiously optimistic about Watkins being available on Sunday against Jacksonville.
“I’m not sure, but I think there’s a possibility of that. I do,” Ryan said Thursday of the chances of Watkins playing, via Mike Rodak of ESPN. “As long as there’s not another setback or anything like that, I feel pretty good about him playing.”
Watkins has not played since Sept. 15, but Ryan is encouraged by what he’s seen in Watkins’s return to practice.
“He can run a little bit,” Ryan added. “He looks pretty good to me.”
Watkins thinks he himself is fully healthy. We’ll see if there’s any rust when he gets back on the field, but it sounds like we have a good chance of seeing him on Sunday.
Rex Ryan did not appreciate Pete Carroll telling him to worry about his own players, so he decided to respond on Tuesday.
Carroll was asked during his weekly spot on “Brock and Salk” on 710 ESPN in Seattle Tuesday about the exchange between Ryan and Richard Sherman during the third quarter of “Monday Night Football.” After an interception, Sherman taunted Ryan, who responded by telling Sherman not to behave in such ways.
Carroll said Ryan should worry about his Bills players rather than Seattle’s.
“I just wish he’d coach his own team,” Carroll said. “Just coach your own guys.”
Later in the day, Ryan was asked for a response to Carroll, and said he does coach his own guys.
“I do coach my own guys but I forgot, I guess I should have asked Pete when somebody asked me a question about one of his players, I should have asked Pete about the appropriate response I guess.”
Point, Rex Ryan. His response makes perfect sense. And there is one thing Carroll is leaving out: Ryan never initiated the interaction with Sherman; that was all started by the Seahawks DB.
Had Sherman not taunted Ryan to begin with, there wouldn’t be anything to talk about.
Rex Ryan says he shot Richard Sherman a profane message after the Seahawks cornerback stared down the Bills coach following an interception.
Sherman ended Buffalo’s first drive of the second half with an interception and then stared down Ryan by the sidelines. After the game, Ryan talked about the incident.
“He’s mean-mugging like he’s doing. The guy’s a great player, but I guess it wasn’t as bad as I thought,” Ryan said sarcastically. “I thought he roughed up our kicker. It was a ridiculous play — no question. And then he’s over on the sideline basically taunting us. I think I told him, ‘you’re too good of a player to act like an ass.'”
Here’s a look at Sherman in action:
The Buffalo Bills started running back LeSean McCoy despite a hamstring injury on Sunday, and they weren’t rewarded for it.
McCoy tallied just 11 yards on eight carries and didn’t play for the last quarter and a half of the contest against the Miami Dolphins. For that reason, many people wondered why the Bills risked McCoy in the first place. The answer, according to coach Rex Ryan, was that they didn’t believe he was hurting.
It’s tough to believe Ryan could have been convinced of this. Even the more optimistic reports on his status indicated that McCoy would probably be limited in some way. The Bills didn’t lose Sunday because they tried to go with McCoy, but it did prove to be a pretty significant waste of time.
Rex Ryan knows that his Buffalo Bills don’t run the most eye-catching offense in the world. He also doesn’t really care.
The Bills ran the ball 44 times in their 45-16 win over San Francisco on Sunday, relying on the ground to be augmented by a conservative passing game and a smothering defense. It’s the reason the team has won four straight after an 0-2 start.
“I know it’s boring football, but we just want to win, whether that means we’re going to put it up 30 or 40 times a game or just run the football,” Ryan said, via Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News. “Obviously, I’d prefer to run. There’s no question about that. Maybe that’s the old school in me, but I still think you run the ball to win games.
“We know we need to do a better job of passing it and I thought we did today. The main thing is being efficient.”
It’s not the world’s most complex offense, that much is for certain, but that’s probably by design. Perhaps this move, which was derided at the time, was actually something of a stroke of genius.
Rex Ryan beat the New England Patriots 16-0 on the road on Sunday, which always puts him in a bullish mood.
In fact, Ryan, after opening his press conference with a monotone “on to L.A., I guess,” even implied he had a mole in the Patriots organization telling him who’d play quarterback, and that he expected to win the game.
“My sources inside the New England Patriot building said that Jacoby Brissett would be the quarterback,” Ryan said Sunday, via Mike Rodak of ESPN. “How about that? I’ll stir some stuff up. ‘Who was it?’ Who was it? I don’t know who it was.”
“It’s satisfying, but let’s face it, they had a player out,” Ryan added, making obvious reference to the suspended Tom Brady. “They had a player out, and we had our team, so we expected to win.”
This was a big game. Ryan is always loud when it comes to the Patriots, and the two teams had a moment during the pregame. For the Bills, you can imagine why Ryan is so boastful, although he might want to watch himself.
Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan isn’t sure which quarterback he’ll be facing against the New England Patriots, so he decided to go straight to the source.
Posing as Walt Patulski from the Buffalo News, Ryan hopped into Julian Edelman’s media conference call and asked him if he was playing quarterback.
To his credit, Edelman gave the very diplomatic do whatever the team asks me to do answer to the question. It’s not entirely clear whether he knew he was talking to Rex Ryan or, well, Walt Patulski.
The Buffalo News was happy to issue a quick clarification via Twitter.
Of course, Rex says he doesn’t even care who plays the position for New England. Doesn’t mean he can’t be curious, though.
Rex Ryan is ready for another showdown with the New England Patriots, and he doesn’t care who they have under center.
With questions remaining over the Patriots’ quarterback situation, Ryan was bullish: we’re coming after you, no matter who you are.
“Look, I can sit back and say I don’t care who plays quarterback because I know Brady ain’t,” Ryan said. “I don’t care who plays quarterback. Steve Grogan can play quarterback. If Belichick’s playing quarterback, we’re coming after him. I promise you that.”
Oh, Rex. He’s feeling pretty bullish after a win, and he just can’t help himself when it comes to the Patriots. Even though he’s dealt with some serious issues in-house, he’s feeling good and optimistic. We’ll see if his team can match his bravado.