Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills had more than a few issues against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, and they are blaming Wembley Stadium for at least one of them.
After his team’s 34-31 loss in London, Ryan said the Bills experienced some “unacceptable” electronic communication issues with their coach-to-quarterback headsets.
“I don’t get it,” Ryan told reporters, per Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. “I don’t understand it. But this one was absolutely miserable.”
Ryan said there was static with quarterback E.J. Manuel’s headset and multiple instances where the communication went out completely. Buffalo’s equipment staff could be seen making adjustments to Manuel’s headset more than once, including after an interception in the first half.
Manuel said the issue was eventually fixed, but Ryan was obviously furious.
“Just a frustrating time, obviously, in those circumstances,” he said.
The Bills dug themselves into an early 27-3 hole and nearly came back to win. The Jaguars responded with a late touchdown from Blake Bortles to Allen Hurns that proved to be the game-winner.
If we asked Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, we know exactly who he would blame for Buffalo’s communication issues in London. We all know who was responsible in some way, shape or form.
Regardless of how people feel about Rex Ryan as an NFL head coach, most would argue that he is one of the best defensive minds in the game. However, the questions are starting to pile up as the Buffalo Bills struggle to stop teams from moving the ball and scoring.
The Bills have two players on their defensive line playing under $100 million contracts in Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus. Despite the level of talent, Buffalo has recorded only nine sacks in six games. Both players publicly complained about dropping into coverage after Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
“Hey, like [Williams] said, they pay us a lot of money,” Dareus said, via Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports. “And we want to use our talents the best way we know how. If we’re going to be dropping we don’t want to get questions about not getting sacks. That’s just how it is.
“It’s not been a lot of times where there have been all four of us, full tilt, ears pined back and we’re going after it. We haven’t had a lot of that this year. Hopefully Rex is going to implement it. There’s nothing we can do.”
Bills legend Jim Kelly was also critical of Buffalo’s defensive approach thus far.
“Dropping Mario Williams into coverage a lot? Didn’t we pay him a lot of money to hit the quarterback?” Kelly asked. “And if I’m the opposing quarterback and I see him dropping into coverage, oh that’s a big plus. I’d definitely have a smile on my face.”
On Wednesday, Ryan acknowledged that his play-calling has not been perfect but said Williams has done a tremendous job of dropping into coverage. He also said he’d be “willing to bet anyone (who) wants to bet” that Buffalo’s defense is going to show vast improvement.
Rex Ryan’s Buffalo Bills may have been beaten at home last weekend and are only 2-2, but that’s not stopping the head coach from talking big. (To be fair, not much does.)
Ryan on Wednesday issued a caution to Tennessee Titans rookie QB Marcus Mariota ahead of Sunday’s Week 5 clash between the teams.
“I don’t think the kid will have his way against us,” Ryan told the Buffalo media via The Tennesseean. “I don’t think that’s going to happen.”
He never learns, does he? Ryan’s Bills allowed 40 points to Tom Brady and the Pats in Week 2, and they surrendered 24 at home to the Giants in Week 4. He seems unreasonably confident about his team’s chances of shutting down the No. 2 overall pick and his Titans offense.
Mariota, for the record, has thrown for 833 yards and eight touchdowns this season. Maybe we’ll be looking at another Dion Lewis situation come Sunday night.
All Rex Ryan could do before his team played the New England Patriots in Week 2 was talk about how they were going to be ready and weren’t afraid of Bill Belichick and his unmatched track record. Nearly two weeks after being handed a beating, Ryan still hasn’t gotten over it.
On Wednesday, a reporter asked Ryan about facing Eli Manning this weekend. Rex found a way to work the Patriots into the conversation.
“I like the fact that he beat (Tom) Brady twice. I like that,” he said, via Tyler Dunne of The Buffalo News. “I’m not all the way over the Brady butt-kicking he did against us.”
Ryan should be over his Week 2 loss by now, especially after destroying the Miami Dolphins last weekend on the road. He was then asked how he was able to get his players to refocus after getting clobbered by New England.
“We are who we are and we don’t need to apologize for it,” Ryan said. “Our emotions got the better of us but I loved how we battled back when a team was clearly trying to embarrass us. We scored three TD to their three points. We’ll see. We’ll play that one down the road.”
The 40-32 final was not indicative of how badly the Patriots manhandled the Bills. Brady threw for 466 yards — a record for any quarterback against the Bills — and tossed three touchdown passes. New England let its foot off the gas at the end and probably got too caught up trying to embarrass Buffalo, as Ryan alluded to.
Ryan knows his team has to face the Patriots again this season, which is why he has made remarks like this in the wake of the first matchup. But next time, it probably wouldn’t hurt to tone down the trash talk just a bit. It clearly motivated Belichick’s squad.
After his team lost to the New England Patriots on Sunday, Rex Ryan admitted that he was outcoached by Bill Belichick in a game that really wasn’t as close as the 40-32 final indicated. But after taking a night to rest and reflect, Ryan got right back to his brash ways.
One of the reasons the Patriots led 37-13 in the third quarter was a complete lack of discipline from the Bills. Buffalo was penalized 14 times, including several 15-yard personal fouls that came after the whistle. When asked about that on Monday, Ryan deflected some attention onto the opponent that beat him.
“They outplayed us, they outcoached us, they outdid whatever,” he said, via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. “But there’s different ways of chatting and of all that type of stuff, too. Let’s face it: New England is not exactly the Boy Scouts of America. All right? So you can say what you want, but the tape doesn’t lie either.”
Rex is right. The Patriots were penalized 11 times, and Belichick said Monday that there was plenty his team needed to improve on going forward. However, Ryan made himself sound bitter when he implied New England received preferential treatment.
“I thought we had a legal block that they called a penalty there and things like that,” he said. “We had a player thrown out of bounds after a play was over, and we got a 15-yard penalty. So there are things that are right there, borderline, but it seems like we’re not gonna get the break. We just got to be smart, we got to learn to walk away from things and that’s what we’ll do.”
Some Bills players even said they were “too fired up” to play the Patriots, but Rex didn’t want to admit that all the trash talking he and his team did had something to do with the unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness penalties. Like he has done in the past, Ryan noted that he has no intention of “muzzling” his players.
If Ryan thinks comments like this and dumb penalties had absolutely nothing to do with why his team got dominated, he’s delusional. The Bills talked and talked and failed to back it up — especially on defense. It’s really that simple.
Rex Ryan talks a big game, but at least he is not too proud to admit when he is wrong.
Ryan’s Buffalo Bills lost to the New England Patriots 40-32 on Sunday, but it wasn’t even that close. At one point the Pats were up 37-13 before Buffalo came back with straight points in the fourth quarter.
After the defeat, the new Bills head coach took the blame for the loss.
“This loss is squarely on one man’s shoulders. It’s on my shoulders,” Ryan told the media. “Yeah we gotta get better as a team, but I have to get better. (Bill) Belichick outcoached me, no question about it. That’s how it ended up. It’s unfortunate. Can’t give up 500 yards and beat anybody.”
Tom Brady went wild in the win as he threw for 466 yards and three touchdowns. Though the Pats mostly passed on the day, they also rushed for 56 yards, including 40 and a score for Dion Lewis. Ryan still played ignorant regarding the Patriots running back.
Come on, Rex. You can at least admit when you’re wrong like you were there.
Though Buffalo had a statement win over the Colts in Week 1, this loss shows that the Bills are not a bully yet and they have some holes in a strong defense.
Rex Ryan, meet Dion Lewis.
Ryan and the Buffalo Bills did a bunch of trash talking this week leading up to their big game against the New England Patriots. That’s nothing new, but it was still surprising to hear Rex go out of his way to discredit what Pats running back Dion Lewis did against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1.
How did Lewis respond? By scoring on a 6-yard touchdown run early in the first half.
Lewis also caught a 16-yard pass on the following possession and played every snap of New England’s first four drives.
When asked to clarify his comments about Lewis later in the week, Ryan doubled down.
Rex’s players will never stop saying stuff like this, but it looks pretty bad when a coach throws shade at a player and that player plays a major role in the game.
Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills have been doing a ton of trash talking leading up to their game against the New England Patriots, and they almost got Bill Belichick to take the bait on Wednesday morning.
In a conference call with reporters, Belichick was asked about Tom Brady struggling against some of Ryan’s defenses in the past. He came about as close to stirring the pot as you will ever hear from The Hoodie.
“We’re not too concerned about that,” Belichick said, per Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. “I think our record against (Rex Ryan) has been OK. We’ll take it.”
On the surface, that may sound like nothing. But those who know Belichick know he is a master at killing opponents with kindness — no matter how talented or successful those opponents may be. His comments on Wednesday were a bit out of character.
For what it’s worth, Ryan is 4-9 in his career as a head coach against Belichick and the Patriots. We tend to remember the few times Rex got the best of New England — like the 45-3 playoff rout in 2011 — because we don’t expect it. The same is true of the Bills, who always seem to play the Patriots tough but have beaten Belichick just four times in the past 15 years.
The Bills know the Patriots have more talent than them, which is why they are trying to gain an advantage by making comments like this leading up to Sunday. That has always been Ryan’s style, and he isn’t going to change.
Rex Ryan has himself a hot-shot new defense, so that means he is back to his big talking ways.
Already 1-0 after beating the Indianapolis Colts in his Buffalo Bills debut on Sunday, Ryan showed a lack of respect for a New England Patriots player in his press conference on Monday ahead of the Bills-Pats matchup in Week 2.
The former Jets coach says he wasn’t worried about running back Dion Lewis.
Maybe this is just a tactic by Rex to ensure his players don’t let Lewis’ skills getting into their heads, but it sounds more to me like he’s talking big and belittling a Pats player.
His attitude makes some sense, too. Lewis has been in the league since 2011, and until Thursday’s Week 1 breakout against the Steelers, he had only rushed for 171 yards in his career. Why would Rex consume himself with a virtually unknown player when his team just totally shut down one of the best offenses in the NFL? Between this and what he said about the Patriots in the offseason, New England is going to be plenty motivated for Sunday’s contest at Buffalo.
The 2015 NFL season is set to officially kick off on Thursday night, and there are a number of questions about certain teams that need to be answered. But before we do that, we must examine a much more important issue.
Does Rex Ryan have a photo of his wife’s feet on his desk?
On Thursday morning, North Shore Animal League America shared the photo you see above on Facebook and asked fans to join Ryan in helping to protect the lives of animals. That’s very admirable of the Buffalo Bills coach, but we can’t help but notice that framed photo in the background.
Is that a photoshop? Is Rex trolling us by owning the whole foot fetish thing that came out several years ago? Was it a gag gift? These are all legitimate possibilities.
Whatever the case, we applaud Ryan for helping out a great cause. We’d applaud him even more if he proudly displays his obsession with his wife’s feet after fans have dressed up in costumes like this to mock him.
Do you, Rex. Do you.