|Rex Ryan reportedly has been replaced in Buffalo||01.11.17 at 3:44 pm ET|
FOXBORO — There is a new rival in the AFC East.
After firing Rex Ryan with one left in the regular season, it appears the Bills have found their next coach.
According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, Sean McDermott has agreed to be the next head coach of the Bills.
For McDermott, it will be his first head coaching gig, which comes after being the Panthers defensive coordinator since 2011. He led them to the Super Bowl last year. Prior to Carolina, he spent his entire career with the Eagles and rose through the ranks to eventually be their defensive coordinator in 2009-10.
It will be a tough task for McDermott as the Bills haven’t made the playoffs since 1999.
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|Rex Ryan’s next job could be on television, not patrolling NFL sidelines||01.03.17 at 12:36 pm ET|
It’s been a week since Rex Ryan was fired as coach of the Bills and it seems like his days as an NFL head coach are over.
Perhaps he could return to a team as a coordinator, but maybe the better landing spot for him is on television given his outgoing personality and football knowledge.
According to The Sporting News, three TV networks would be interested in bringing on Rex based on their statements regarding the former coach.
ESPN: “Rex is an accomplished coach and one of the most engaging personalities in the NFL. We always keep an eye out for new faces who know the game and will appeal to fans. If Rex is considering TV work, we’d be interested in talking to him.”
FOX: “FOX Sports is committed to bringing viewers the most unique and well-informed perspectives in sports and will always remain open to new voices who can elevate our coverage.”
NFL Network: “As the only network 100 percent dedicated to the NFL, we always have an interest in talking with former coaches or players who show an interest in the media side of the business.”
It seems there will be more interest in him from television networks rather than NFL teams, so who knows, maybe Ryan will be the next Jon Gruden?
|Jonathan Kraft on Rex Ryan: ‘He’s obviously a great coach and beyond that I don’t think I will say much else’||01.01.17 at 1:03 pm ET|
After eight years in the AFC East as a head coach, Rex Ryan is out, as he was fired by the Bills earlier this week.
On the Patriots Radio Network pregame show, Patriots president Jonathan Kraft was asked for his thoughts on Ryan, and while he acknowledged his loose style is good for the NFL, he didn’t seem to mind that he is now out of the division.
“He’s been in the division a long time. He’s been an interesting figure,” Kraft said. “Fortunately, we’ve come out on the positive side of that many more times than we’ve had the other one. I wish him well.
“Characters like that are good for the National Football League. They bring attention and look, he’s a good football coach. I remember that ’07 season, leaving aside the Super Bowl, by far and away the most difficult competitor we played was the Ravens. He had a defense designed, geared up, motivated, ready to go. He’s obviously a great coach and beyond that I don’t think I will say much else.”
In other matters, the Patriots’ team flight was delayed a few hours getting to Miami on Saturday due to fueling issues, but Kraft doesn’t think it will impact the game.
“I think if you can’t deal with a couple hours delay mentally, you’re not that mentally tough to begin with,” he said. “I think experiencing situations like that and adjusting on the fly, you don’t want it to happen every week because you want there to be a routine, but dealing with things like that because they are going to happen in big moments. To deal with it and move on. I don’t believe it will affect our play today. I assume it won’t. It’s good to know you can overcome things like that.”
With the Orange Bowl being played at Hard Rock Stadium Friday night, the field isn’t in great shape. Kraft thinks the league will re-think its thinking on scheduling games the weekend of a bowl game in the future.
“Maybe after something like this, they won’t be scheduling a home game on the same weekend as bowl games,” Kraft said. “I think they probably thought, and I am just guessing, I don’t know what the thinking at the league office was, but because the field down here is always usually so pristine that it wouldn’t be an issue. Clearly, it doesn’t look as good as it usually does.”
|Bill Belichick not in mood to talk Rex Ryan firing: ‘We’re just thinking about Miami’||12.30.16 at 2:11 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Bill Belichick and Rex Ryan have had some classic battles over the years, but with Ryan being fired by the Bills this week, the battles could be over.
The Patriots coach wasn’t in much of a mood to discuss it on Friday, though.
“Yeah, right now we’re just thinking about Miami. We’re not thinking about anybody else,” Belichick said.
The coach did offer some thoughts on coaches getting fired so soon into their tenures with teams earlier in the week, as Ryan didn’t make it through two full seasons.
“There is a lot of change. It’s frequent and it seems like it is coming earlier and earlier every year,” Belichick said Tuesday on Dale and Holley. “I don’t think personally that’s the best way to manage a team, but that’s really not my call. Some of these guys, they just do whatever they do. Can’t worry about it. Just make the best decisions for our team and get ready to go here.”
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|8 best Rex Ryan quotes about the Patriots, Bill Belichick, Tom Brady||12.27.16 at 12:58 pm ET|
The Bills fired Rex Ryan on Tuesday with one game left in the season. The Bills are currently 7-8 and Ryan couldn’t make through two years in Buffalo.
Even going back to his time with the Jets, Ryan is most known around New England for his soundbites about the Patriots, as the coach would take any opportunity he got to talk about the team, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.
Despite his 4-12 record against Belichick with both the Bills and Jets, Ryan never lacked confidence and his sometimes outlandish quotes will be missed most.
In honor of his eight years as a NFL head coach, here are his eight best quotes pertaining to the Patriots.
January 2009 after being hired as head coach of the Jets: I never came here to kiss Bill Belichick’s, you know, rings. I came to win. Let’s just put it that way. So we’ll see what happens. I’m certainly not intimidated by New England or anybody else.
January of 2010 before the AFC divisional round: This is about Bill Belichick vs. Rex Ryan. There’s no question. It’s personal. It’s about him against myself, and that’s what it’s going to come down to.
November of 2010 prior to a regular-season matchup: I came here to win. As much as I respect and admire Bill Belichick, I came here to kick his ass, and that’s the truth.
September of 2015 he didn’t know who Dion Lewis was: It’s the kid that’s playing quarterback. That’ll make it a lot easier to be a running back. So what, are you gonna play them in eight-man spacing? I don’t think so. So that’s what makes them — I don’t care, put anybody back there. You can do good there. All right? Nah, I mean they’re decent backs in their own right. But I don’t think we’re gonna focus on that kid. I can’t even tell you that kid’s name. But you’re gonna focus on the guy throwing the ball, I’ll tell you that much.
August of 2010 when Brady said he didn’t watch “Hard Knocks”: Hell, he knows we hate the Patriots. So what’s the difference? My brother has a couple of Super Bowl rings, you know he loves Tom Brady. But I don’t have them, so I don’t like Tom Brady. I respect him, but I don’t like him.
January of 2011 talking about Peyton Manning: The guy is tremendous. There is no one else like this guy in the league. Nobody studies like him. I know Brady thinks he does. I think there’s probably a little more help from Belichick with Brady than there is with Peyton Manning.
April of 2015 talking about Brady’s first pitch at Fenway: I think there’s an obvious thing that we should talk about first,” Ryan said, smiling. “My pitch actually made it to the plate. It was a little wide, but I understand somebody bounced it — I’m not sure who it was — but Tom needs to keep his elbow up a little bit more, I think. I would have said, ‘Hey, Tom. Let’s take one practice toss out there on that mound, maybe,'” Ryan said. “But Tom likes taking advice from me, I know. I’m sure he’ll be working with that.
September of 2015 after a heated conference call with the Patriots media: I don’t even care, you know? It’s like, whatever. That doesn’t bother me at all. Let’s face it, we’re here in Buffalo. Nobody likes anything in Boston.
The Bills announced Tuesday that Rex Ryan has been fired as head coach.
Ryan, who was named head coach in Buffalo prior to the start of the 2015 season, has posted a 15-16 record in his time with the Bills, but no playoff appearances. With the rumor that 2016 was a “playoffs or bust” season for Ryan and his team, the fact that Buffalo was sitting at 4-2 after six games this year (a record that included a 16-0 win over a Tom Brady-less Patriots team), sparked some optimism that the Bills could reach the playoffs for the first time since 1999.
But five losses in the next seven games likely proved to be the difference.
In addition, the team fired his brother, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. The team also announced that offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn would take over as head coach for this week’s regular-season finale against the Jets.
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|5 things we learned about AFC on a Patriots-free Sunday||12.11.16 at 11:44 pm ET|
1. The Steelers still have some life. Pittsburgh went into Buffalo and beat the Bills, 27-20, in a game that was nowhere near as close as it sounded. (The Steelers went up 24-7 and sat on the ball down the stretch.) Le’Veon Bell had a ridiculous 38 carries for 236 yards and three touchdowns. Given their slate the rest of the way, it wouldn’t be a shock if Pittsburgh (8-5) ended up surpassing the Ravens for first place in the AFC North. At the very least, the Patriots could do the Steelers a big favor in the race for the division crown if they can beat Baltimore on Monday night.
2. The Broncos might not even make the playoffs. Denver was shocked in Tennessee by the Titans, sending the Broncos to 8-5 on the year. Denver has home games against the Patriots and Raiders and a road date in Kansas City against the Chiefs, a rough road in the crazy AFC West. Given the way the division is going, the Broncos’ margin for error continues to shrink. Regardless, a win over Denver next week would — at the very least — mean New England is assured of not having to travel to Colorado for the playoffs. It could also be a final blow to the Broncos playoff hopes.
3. The Dolphins won, but it’s going to be tough for them to make the playoffs. Miami gutted out a 26-23 win over the Cardinals in South Florida to improve to 8-5 on the season, and give the Dolphins their seventh win in the last eight games. But along the way the Dolphins lost their quarterback, as a torn ACL will sideline Ryan Tannehill the rest of the season. As a result, Matt Moore will be asked to step in and lead Miami. Moore has starting experience for the Panthers and Dolphins, but has been Tannehill’s backup since 2012. Miami closes out the year with road games against the Jets and Bills (both under .500) before finishing up the regular season at home against New England.
4. The day started promisingly for the Bills. The ending might cost Rex Ryan his job. The Bills started Sunday afternoon at 6-6, but with four winnable games the rest of the way, including three home dates (against the Steelers, Browns and Dolphins, and on the road against the Jets). But Buffalo was hammered by Bell and Pittsburgh on a miserable afternoon in upstate New York. The game played out against a backdrop of a pregame story from CBS’ Jason La Canfora that suggested Ryan could be “out as early as Monday.” Not a good combination for a coach who was riding a “playoffs or bust” mandate entering the season.
5. Expect the Patriots to see Bryce Petty on Christmas Eve. The youngster got the start for the Jets and led New York to an overtime win against the Niners in San Francisco, going 23-for-35 for 257 yards, with six sacks and one interception. Unless something crazy happens, expect him to get the call for the Jets when they meet New England in Foxboro on Dec. 24.
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