Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan said publicly that it was his decision to fire offensive coordinator Greg Roman after Thursday night’s loss to the New York Jets. But is that what happened privately?
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula met with several key offensive players on Friday to get an idea of how they felt about Roman and the direction of the offense. Ryan was not present for any of the meetings, and he was reportedly “not pleased” when he learned the nature of them.
Ryan claims he made the decision to fire Roman and then informed the Pegulas about it. One source told Rapoport the Pegulas met with players, including quarterback Tyrod Taylor, to confirm that Ryan was considering firing Roman after Buffalo’s Week 1 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Another source claimed the owners brought the idea to Ryan after the meetings.
What does it all mean? At the very least, the supposed lack of communication between Ryan and the Pegulas could indicate that there is trouble in paradise. It’s well known that Ryan is on the hot seat, and he can’t be feeling like he has much support from his bosses if they’re holding secret meetings with the players.
For the time being, Roman was merely a scapegoat. The Bills are off to an 0-2 start, and one of the team’s most beloved legends indicated before the season that Ryan could be on the chopping block. If Buffalo misses the playoffs, Ryan is almost certain to be fired. If the losing streak continues, the move could come sooner rather than later.
The Buffalo Bills’ decision to part ways with offensive coordinator Greg Roman raised eyebrows on Friday, and coach Rex Ryan is taking full responsibility for the move.
On Friday, Ryan told reporters that the decision to fire Roman and promote assistant Anthony Lynn to offensive coordinator was his and his alone.
“This is my move, without question,” Ryan said via ESPN’s Mike Rodak, while also confirming that he met with team owners Terry and Kim Pegula to confirm the move.
“I think we need a change,” Ryan said. “I think we have a lot of talent on offense. I believe that. I believe we’re going to do what we can to put the ball in our playmakers’ hands. I think Anthony will do that.”
One of the things Ryan appears to be targeting is an increased focus on keeping quarterback Tyrod Taylor in the pocket and throwing the football.
“I believe [Taylor’s] ability as a drop-back quarterback, as a quarterback that’s athletic, we can do things with,” Ryan said. “I think he’s a rare talent. We have to do things that I think will showcase those abilities a little bit. He has some unique abilities.”
Ryan also defended himself against charges that it was the defense, not the offense, that was the real scapegoat, at least in the team’s Week 2 loss to the Jets.
“I understand [the question],” Ryan said. “Certainly the defense has to improve. There’s no doubt about that. But this, I think if it was appropriate to do something else, then I would have. To me, I thought this was the move that I felt that we needed to make to help our team moving forward.”
Roman was pretty obviously scapegoated with the Bills fearing an 0-4 start. We’ll see if it works, because if it doesn’t, Ryan himself is probably the next one on the chopping block.
Rex Ryan knows this is something of a make-or-break season for him in Buffalo, and he started the season by approaching things accordingly.
At the start of training camp, Ryan was filmed by the team for a documentary, which finally aired in the Buffalo market on Saturday. In it, well, Ryan’s aggressive streak is showing, as well as his penchant for expletives.
“Everything’s questioned,” Ryan told his team, via Mike Rodak of ESPN. “I forgot to how to f—ing coach. ‘The players don’t respond to Rex, he don’t know what the f— he’s doing anymore.'”
Ryan proceeded to quote Muhammad Ali and tell his team that the best way to get revenge was through achieving “massive success.”
“That’s where I’m at,” Ryan went on to say. “It ain’t about being No. 1 in defense, No. 1 in offense, whatever. No, it’s about us in this room, holding this damn trophy saying we won the whole m—-f—–,” he said. “That’s where I’m at. Don’t be afraid of it. I don’t give a s— who knows it. Here we are. Here the f— we are. That’s who the f— I am.
“I’m going to tell you we’re the f—ing best because I believe it. Let me f—ing say it. And if it doesn’t work, I’ll be the first m—–f—– that goes. And everyone one of you, I f—ing know you’ve got my back. All I want is every f—ing thing you got. I’ll take every f—ing bullet known to man.”
Ryan is likely well aware that the pressure is on. It’s on even more after a flat performance to open the regular season. Does Rex have another tirade in his bag with his former team, the Jets, looming on Thursday?
Rex Ryan is proving that blood is thicker than, well, his gut.
The Buffalo Bills head coach got surgery to reverse the lap band procedure he had done in 2010 as a show of support of his brother Rob.
Rob had a bad experience with his lap band and had it removed. Rex meanwhile got his removed to show his brother he is on his side.
“I told him, we’ll figure this out together (without the Lap Band),” Rex told the New York Post. “Plus, I won more games without it than did with it in.”
Since removing his lap band, Rex has gained about 30 pounds. He weighed nearly 360 pounds prior to having the procedure done in Jan. 2010. As of 2014, he had lost about 130 pounds.
The Ryan twins truly have a fascinating relationship.
ESPN ran a feature Thursday on brothers Rex and Rob, now co-workers on the Buffalo Bills as head coach and assistant head coach, respectively. One of the more intriguing details of the piece? Rex’s significant weight gain ever since Rob was hired by the team in January.
Per Elizabeth Merrill:
Before we can begin, Rex and Rob Ryan must finish their nature walk. It involves five middle-aged men, all Buffalo Bills staffers, and lasts about half an hour. Rex organized the daily jaunt because he says he has gained 30 pounds since his brother joined the coaching staff this past winter.
Now that’s what I call brotherly love. For Rex, who famously lost 130 pounds over the last several years, perhaps Rob is helping him realize that it’s going to take a lot more man to turn around a Bills team that failed to meet expectations with an 8-8 record last year.
At the bare minimum, at least we know that it probably wasn’t just a Karlos Williams thing in Buffalo.
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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay implied that Rex Ryan’s penchant for blitzing during preseason was behind Andrew Luck being held out of Saturday’s game against the Bills, and Ryan wasn’t exactly having it.
Two hours before game time, Irsay announced on Twitter that Luck would not start the game, and said in a followup tweet that the Bills coach essentially does not know the meaning of the word “preseason.”
Ryan shot back at these implications when asked about them after the game.
“Take a look at the tapes, and see how many times we blitzed,” Ryan said, via ESPN. “I can tell you one thing, [Colts coach] Chuck Pagano’s a good friend of mine, a legitimate, good friend of mine. I have way more respect for him than I do others.”
Yeah, like Ryan was going to take that sort of criticism lying down. He doesn’t with anyone else. The Colts are well within their rights to play Luck as much or as little as they want, but maybe Irsay should try to avoid stirring the pot.
Have you ever wanted to see the Ryan brothers riding a tandem bicycle? If the answer is yes, today is your lucky day.
The image of Bills coach Rex Ryan and his brother, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, was shared by Buffalo sportswriter Jonah Bronstein. He got it from a friend’s Facebook page, and it is spectacular. It’s unclear when it was taken, but according to ESPN’s Mike Rodak, the setting is likely Delaware Park in Buffalo.
It took no time at all for the memes to start.
In fact, the image has already been turned into a t-shirt.
The Ryan brothers are close – close enough that they apparently find it acceptable to crack jokes like this. They’re also close enough to ride a bicycle built for two around in public. I think I speak for everyone when I say please, do not let this be the end of Ryan brother moments. The world needs more.
The 2016 season is shaping up to be a big one for the Buffalo Bills, and one of their legends believes it’s playoffs or bust for their coach.
Jim Kelly told the Jim Rome Show on Thursday that coach Rex Ryan’s job may well be on the line if the Bills fail to make the playoffs for the first time in 17 years.
“I think Rex [Ryan] will probably be looking for another job,” Kelly said of the prospect of the Bills missing the playoffs. “I think everybody knows that including Rex.”
Kelly believes the Bills are a potential playoff team provided they stay healthy.
“On paper, yeah, we look great, and we should be a very good team, but you cannot go to the playoffs, you cannot win championships when you’re spending most of your time in the training room,” Kelly said. “Tyrod Taylor, he’s got to stay healthy. We cannot afford for your top quarterback to go down and miss a quarter of the games or half the season. Your top players, your starters that make a difference on defense, those guys got to stay on the football field. They can’t be on the injured reserve list.”
Ryan does know what’s on the line in 2016, according to one report, and expectations for the team are as high as they’ve been recently. If they can build on an 8-8 season in 2015 and improve, they could achieve their goal. If not, it sounds like heads will roll.
Mario Williams made it quite clear during his time with the Buffalo Bills that he wasn’t a fan of Rex Ryan’s defensive schemes, and Ryan is still upset by his public criticism.
Ryan told Jenny Vrentas of the MMQB that he was particularly bothered that Williams, who signed with division rival Miami during the offseason, complained about having to drop into coverage.
“Now look, with some of the comments [he made], do I wish him well? Not really,” Ryan said of Williams. “But, he’s on Miami. If he would have gone somewhere else, maybe. He’s a good kid, but I am used to some mean motherf—ers that play out there. The Terrell Suggs, Jarrett Johnsons of the world. I screwed them, too; I had them drop [into coverage], too. Not one of them bitched. Von Miller [dropped into coverage] in the Super Bowl. Why? Because that’s what’s asked of him; that’s what his job is. Your job is to play.”
Ryan used Ray Lewis as an example of a player who would sell out for the team instead of putting himself first – apparently in contrast to Williams.
“I’ll never forget, I used to have Ray sell out for maybe the 11th guy on defense,” Ryan said. “Ray Lewis is going to be one of the greatest defensive players in the history of the game, if not the greatest. That’s when you’ve got something special, and that’s what we are trying to build here.”
Williams very publicly called out Ryan for his schemes early in the season, and it’s probably not a stretch to say that his days in Buffalo were numbered from that point forward – particularly when you consider that the Bills coach is rather annoyed when people question how he runs his defense.
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Odell Beckham Jr., New York Jet? If Rex Ryan had gotten his way, it could have happened.
The current Bills coach admitted that he’d tried to trade for the Giants’ star wide receiver in 2014, when questions were being raised about Beckham’s durability as he dealt with ongoing hamstring issues.
Ryan made the remarks while refuting the belief that his current star receiver, Sammy Watkins, is injury-prone.
“Has he missed a little time? Yeah. Big deal,” Ryan said of Watkins, via SI’s Don Banks. “He and everyone else. The [Odell] Beckham kid came out the same year, and he missed how many games with a hamstring issue? Believe me, I was trying to trade for him when he had the hamstring. I was reading the [New York] papers, and I was like, ‘Well, hell, we’ll take him.’ But Sammy’s not even going to miss any time. He’s going to be ready to roll when it matters.”
We’re guessing those efforts did not go very far. The Giants almost certainly weren’t keen on giving up on Beckham so soon, particularly to Ryan’s Jets, but you can’t blame him for trying. The Giants were right to exercise patience with Odell. He played on two bad hamstrings, healed up, and hasn’t really dealt with significant injury problems since, all while becoming one of the best receivers in the game.