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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Rex Ryan calls Bills’ ground and pound offensive style ‘boring’

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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.

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