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Rex Ryan admits he liked to intentionally ‘piss off’ Tom Brady

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Rex Ryan rarely got the best of Tom Brady when he was the head coach of the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills, but that wasn’t due to a lack of effort. In fact, Ryan is now willing to admit he did his best to get into Brady’s head before facing him.

Ryan told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News this week that he would often make comments to the media in an attempt to get under Brady’s skin.

“I used to put a lot of stuff out there knowing it would piss off Brady,” he said.

Knowing it would piss off Brady, or hoping it would piss off Brady? I think what Ryan really meant was the latter. As Mehta notes, Ryan once said in 2011 that there is no quarterback in the NFL who works harder than Peyton Manning and Brady only “thinks he does.”

Fast-forward to 2017, when Brady is about to play in his seventh Super Bowl and Ryan has never been to one. Overall, Brady went 12-4 against Ryan-coached teams and threw 29 touchdowns compared to seven interceptions. Even Ryan is willing to admit the three-time Super Bowl MVP would be considered the greatest quarterback to ever live if he wins a fifth ring.

“I could see where Brady definitely would be considered the greatest ever if he won five Super Bowls,” Ryan said. “How could you argue that?”

One of Manning’s favorite targets already made similar remarks earlier in the week, so apparently five is the magic number for Brady. If he can lead the Patriots to a win over the Falcons, no one will be able to deny his greatness.

Rex Ryan to join ESPN ‘Sunday NFL Countdown’ for Super Bowl

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Rex Ryan may be out of a job as an NFL head coach, but he has one as an analyst — temporarily.

ESPN has hired Ryan to be an analyst on “Sunday NFL Countdown” for Super Bowl LI, they told Sports Business Daily.

Sports Business Daily’s John Ourand says Ryan was pursued by CBS, FOX, ESPN and NFL Network after being fired by the Buffalo Bills. Ourand also says this makes ESPN the front-runner to sign Ryan if he does not find a coaching job he likes.

Ryan spent six seasons as the New York Jets’ head coach from 2009-2014, taking the team to two AFC Championship Games. Then he spent the last two in Buffalo and was fired after Week 16 after going 7-8.

The 54-year-old coach is known for his big mouth and humor as much as he is for his coaching, so he should be a natural on TV.

Rex Ryan gives his truck Clemson treatment after Bills firing

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Rex Ryan goes all-in when he gets a new job, which can make for some awkward moments if and when he loses said job.

When he landed with the Buffalo Bills, Ryan put his Ford pickup in a Bills wrap, similar to something you might see in a hypothetical Buffalo Super Bowl parade. Well, Ryan got fired in Buffalo, so he quickly got to work re-outfitting his truck, and here is the result.

For context, Ryan’s son plays for Clemson, and as of last week is a national champion. This isn’t totally nonsensical.

The only lingering question now is what will become of the tattoo, which has already been modified once.


Rex Ryan reportedly promised Tyrod Taylor he would be his starting QB

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The Buffalo Bills were planning to fire Rex Ryan at the end of the 2016 season, but the head coach accelerated the process by requesting a private conversation with team owner Terry Pegula. And in that meeting, Ryan reportedly sealed his fate by being loyal to his starting quarterback.

Jenny Vrentas of The MMQB provided some behind-the-scenes information about Ryan’s final days with the Bills. In his meeting with Pegula, Ryan learned that the team wanted to bench Tyrod Taylor for Week 17 rather than risking the quarterback’s contract becoming fully guaranteed in the event of an injury. That didn’t sit well with Ryan, who is said to have made a promise to Taylor.

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Both were obvious signs that the Bills were not committed to Taylor — or to Ryan, who had handpicked Taylor to be his quarterback. So Ryan, who for a few weeks had been hearing reports of his impending firing, asked to speak to Pegula one-on-one. Ryan had made a promise to Taylor, telling him that he’d be the Bills starting quarterback as long as Ryan was the coach. Ryan didn’t want to break his word, and he was worried how the team would respond. If you are already planning on firing me next Monday, Ryan told Pegula, then you might as well fire me now.

So Pegula did.

Taylor was coming off one of his best games of the season against the New York Jets, and we later learned he was playing through a significant injury. With Ryan’s days clearly numbered, the coach saw no reason to go back on his word just to please his former bosses.

Ryan may have deserved to lose his job, but the comments Bills general manager Doug Whaley made this week illustrate how deep the issues run within the organization. Rex has always been known as a players’ coach, so the story about his dismissal — which came slightly ahead of schedule — makes a lot of sense.

Marcell Dareus: Rex Ryan defense was too complex for some players

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It doesn’t sound as if Rex Ryan’s defense was all that popular with the players that he relied upon to implement it.

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus criticized Ryan’s defense was too much for some players to handle, and that Ryan spent too much time creating matchups rather than letting his team play to their strengths.

“I feel like we should’ve been just more aggressive on defense … because that’s the kind of players that we have,” Dareus told ESPN’s Josina Anderson. “We want to put our foot on the pedal and keep it down knowing what we’re doing, and being strategic on what we’re doing. Not trying to matchup with this team, or that team. We want to have our identity (knowing) this is who we are, and what we’re going to do.

“It was just too much detail for a lot of guys, and I feel like for a lot of guys it was too much going on for them to check here and check there, if this happens and that happens. Then nine times out of ten, a team will throw something out there that we weren’t prepared for, and then the adjustment to it, we had to get used to and try to make it happen and make plays.”

There were reports that indicated Ryan had lost the ear of his defense. This seems to indicate that there may have been some truth to that.

Rex Ryan, brother Rob reportedly lost defensive locker room

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Rex Ryan brought in his twin brother Rob to help out with the Buffalo Bills’ defense in 2016, and it turns out that may not have been a wise move.

ESPN’s Jeff Darlington reports that players on the defensive side of the ball were no longer listening to the Ryan brothers prior to their dismissal on Tuesday.

That’s not a surprise, as the Bills rank 19th in the NFL in overall team defense. They have allowed a whopping 133.5 yards rushing per game, which is fifth-worst in the league. So much for Rex and Ryan being defensive geniuses.

Ryan’s own players questioned his defensive scheme publicly a year ago, and the coach admitted he was bothered by it. He obviously thought bringing in Rob might help. From the sound of it, Rob’s presence only made things worse.

Rex Ryan fired by Bills

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The Buffalo Bills announced on Tuesday that head coach Rex Ryan has been fired.

Ryan’s twin brother, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, has also been let go. Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn will serve as the team’s interim head coach in Week 17.

It became clear a few weeks ago that Ryan was not going to be back for a third season with the Bills, though the belief was that owners Terry and Kim Pegula wanted to wait until the year concluded to fire him. Apparently they had seen enough.

It’s possible that Ryan’s latest embarrassing coaching blunder could have expedited the decision.

Ryan finishes his Bills career with a record of 15-16. He is now 61-66 in his career as an NFL head coach, and it is unlikely that he will get another head coaching job unless he first spends time as a defensive coordinator somewhere.

Rex Ryan takes responsibility for having 10 defenders on field in overtime

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Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan had a remarkably bad overtime period on Saturday, and he had to own up to it two days later.

Among the mistakes made during overtime was the fact that, on a vital 57-yard run by Miami running back Jay Ajayi that set up the winning field goal, Buffalo only had ten defenders on the field.

On Monday, Ryan took full responsibility for that mistake while reflecting on the defeat.

“Should have had 11 on the field,” Ryan said, via Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk. “One hundred percent of what happens on the field is my responsibility.”

As for the loss, which officially eliminated Buffalo from playoff contention, Ryan categorized it as one of the most difficult of his career.

“That’s about as painful of a loss as I can remember,” Ryan said. “It’s a loss you lose sleep over.”

That’s not the only reason Ryan is losing sleep. Between that and some other mistakes in overtime, he’s probably going to lose his job in a week.

Defiant Rex Ryan says he will ‘stand by my reputation’ after Bills eliminated

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The Buffalo Bills were eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday with the team’s defense, the side of the ball Rex Ryan made his name coaching, giving up 34 points in an overtime defeat.

With Ryan’s job security looking increasingly nonexistent, the coach simply stood by his reputation as a defensive coach after the game.

“Whatever happens, happens, but I’ll stand by my reputation,” Ryan said, via Mike Rodak of ESPN.

The Bills’ defense had the look of a disorganized unit on Saturday. Miami running back Jay Ajayi ran for over 200 yards, the third time the Bills have allowed that many rushing yards this season. In addition, on the Dolphins’ game-winning field goal, the Bills had just ten players on the field. All of that is even harder to swallow when the offense more than did its job, setting a franchise record with 589 total yards.

Overall, Ryan had a day to forget. Along with the mediocrity that has plagued the team all season, it’s going to cost him his job.

H/T ProFootballTalk

Rex Ryan could not even ice the kicker properly

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Rex Ryan is struggling so much as the Buffalo Bills’ head coach that he can’t even ice a kicker properly.

During the Bills’ 34-31 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins on Saturday, Rex failed to ice the kicker even though he wanted to.

Miami drove into field goal range after the Bills had scored a touchdown to take a 31-28 lead. Andrew Franks lined up for a 55-yard field goal attempt with 10 seconds left, and Ryan tried to ice him, but he called timeout too late.

After Franks’ field goal cleared the uprights, Ryan complained that he wanted a timeout.

Some say Bills DB Corey White was trying to call timeout long before Rex:

Even if he was, you have to be in a ref’s face to get the timeout call. And whatever White was doing still doesn’t excuse Ryan waiting too long before calling it.