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#pounditMonday, April 12, 2021

Rex Ryan on penalties: Patriots aren’t exactly the Boy Scouts of America

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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.

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