|Rex Ryan weighs in on Tom Brady’s Deflategate suspension||04.30.16 at 6:46 pm ET|
Another Rex Ryan press conference and another press conference of Rex Ryan talking about the Patriots.
In his post-draft press conference, Ryan commented on Tom Brady’s four-game suspension being reinstated last week.
“It is what it is. We’re gonna play them if Steve Grogan is their quarterback,” Ryan said via ESPN’s Mike Rodak.
The Bills will play the Patriots Oct. 2, which will be the final game of Brady’s suspension.
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|Rex Ryan: ‘I have no idea’ how Bills will defend Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett||03.22.16 at 12:51 pm ET|
While Bill Belichick wasn’t interested in pumping the tires of new tight end Martellus Bennett on Tuesday, Bills coach Rex Ryan sounds like a guy whose job just got a whole lot harder.
Ryan was asked what course of action he might utilize when it comes to stopping the Patriots’ new tight end combination of Bennett and Rob Gronkowski.
“I have no idea,” Ryan told reporters at the AFC coaches’ breakfast. “I just think it’s unusual to have two guys that are like 6-[foot]-7 and can run, catch, block. So, yeah, it’s going to be a major challenge. There’s no doubt about that. It’s scary when you look at them. Those are two huge guys. How we’re going to defend them, I don’t know.”
Pressed for a comparison, Ryan was stumped.
“I can’t really think of one,” he said. “I remember Kansas City had [Tony] Gonzalez and [Jason Dunn] from Eastern Kentucky at one point, but that’s hardly these two. Gonzalez is as good as anybody, but I don’t know. It’s going to be interesting.”
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While Bill Belichick didn’t have much to say about Chandler Jones following his trade to the Cardinals, the rest of the AFC East seems glad to get him out of the division.
In his four years in the league, Jones has totaled 36 sacks, including a career-high 12.5 this past season.
“That was nice,” Bills coach Rex Ryan told reporters at the annual AFC coaches breakfast in Florida Tuesday morning.
Jets coach Todd Bowles said he was happy to not have to face Jones anymore and added, if Tom Brady gets traded “you can have my truck.”
As for Belichick’s thoughts on the trade, like most of his answers Tuesday morning, he didn’t have much to say.
“Chandler was a good player for us,” he said.
The Patriots acquired guard Jonathan Cooper and also a second-round pick in exchange for Jones last week.
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|Rex Ryan: I’m not focused on Patriots||02.24.16 at 6:35 pm ET|
INDIANAPOLIS — Has Rex Ryan ended his obsession with the Patriots?
The Bills coach, who never backed down from taking a good-natured shot at New England and Bill Belichick over the years, wasn’t feeling all that feisty Wednesday. At the combine, he was asked about how close the Bills were to catching or even overtaking the Patriots. In year’s past, Ryan would have risen to the bait and tossed off some remark about Belichick, Tom Brady or the franchise that has (mostly) bedeviled him over the years.
But this time around, he wasn’t up to it.
“Yeah, I don’t know,” he smiled during a press conference at Lucas Oil Stadium. “I don’t want to focus on anybody else’s team, especially the Patriots.”
Ryan was, however, expansive when asked about what his team needs to take that next step and improve on Buffalo’s 8-8 finish last year: For a team without a lot of cap room, it starts with a good draft this spring.
“That’s obviously not where we wanted to be,” he said of the finish in 2015. “We realize there’s a ton of work in front of us this offseason. We’ve got a lot of tough decisions we have to make as an organization, and I think those are the things that we feel good about.
“We don’t have a whole lot of cap room to add through free agency,” he added. “Your organization is built through the draft, and that’s why this is critical to us. I think we had a good draft last year — you know, an excellent draft last year — and once you start stacking together great draft class after great draft class, that’s when you’re going to have sustained success.”
Of course, he couldn’t resist a few cracks. The gregarious Ryan didn’t toss off any guarantees, but still had some fun. Asked about the opportunity to work alongside his brother Rob — who was fired by the Saints last year but added to the Buffalo coaching staff — he mockingly said the experience has been “terrible” before reversing field.
“No, it’s good. We haven’t fought each other yet, so I think we’re getting better,” he said.
“No, it’s been phenomenal. Obviously to add him to our team it’s huge. I know players are excited about it, coaches are excited about it,” he added. “Here’s a guy that’s been a coordinator for the last 12 years. Obviously has been on championship teams as a position coach but his experience and knowledge and his work and his passion is hard to match in this league, so it’s been great. He’s so excited he’s like, ‘Gosh, we should have done this a long time ago.'”
Asked about some of the defensive questions that faced the Bills at the end of the 2015 season — as well as some of the issues facing the defense moving forward — he responded on a note of self-deprecation.
“Yeah we were terrible,” he said. “And I can’t coach defense anymore for some reason. But we’ll see,” before ending with a smile and “ah, I forgot the question.”
Ryan was also asked if he needed to let his “front guys rush more.”
“Well, our front guys played five games together last year, I don’t know if you guys remember that. But they were together for five games,” he said. “So yeah — I’d like to see them rush more together. Absolutely.”
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|Stopwatch: Tom Brady, Patriots passing rhythm badly thrown off by Bills defense||11.24.15 at 10:49 pm ET|
Watching Monday night’s game, it was clear the Bills were frustrating Tom Brady and the day after, the numbers back that claim up.
As we know, Brady is a quarterback who is at his best when he’s getting the ball out of his hands quickly and into the hands of his receivers allowing them to make plays.
The combination of the Patriots missing their best receivers and a successful Bills game plan against Brady, Buffalo was able to take the quarterback off his game.
By our count, Brady took an average time of 2.45 seconds from snap-to-throw, which is by far his highest mark of the season. Prior to Monday night, Brady’s highest average was 2.26 seconds, the week prior against the Giants.
“We were playing our defense,” Bills coach Rex Ryan said after the game. “We were blitzing, we were doing four-man rushes, simulated pressures, doing things that this defense needs to do.”
With this and the Giants game being Brady’s highest averages of the season, it speaks to Brady not having his favorite short route target in Julian Edleman, but credit needs to be given to the defenses, especially the Bills Monday night.
Buffalo was able to not only get to Brady with four rushers, which forced him to move in the pocket to buy himself time (which he did a pretty good job of), but the secondary was able to stay on their receivers long enough to force a lot of throwaways from the quarterback.
“If you don’t really nail it to a ‘T’ then they get a lot of free plays and I think there were a lot of free plays that I basically took the ball and tried to throw it away as fast as I could,” Brady said on Dennis & Callahan Tuesday. “For one reason or another our communication between all of us needs to be able to improve so that we can have the confidence to stand in there and make the plays when they are there, make the reads and so forth.”
With you look at the numbers even closer, it becomes even more clear how much more successful Brady is when he’s getting the ball out quick compared to when he isn’t. On plays where he took less than two seconds from snap-to-attempt, Brady was 12-for-18 passing, but when he took longer than three seconds, he was just 3-for-12. Furthermore, 63 percent of his completions were on plays that took less than two seconds from snap-to-throw.
Things certainly won’t get any easier this week as the offense continues to find a way to succeed without Edelman, as they will travel to Denver and take on the NFL’s No. 1 ranked defense.
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In the middle of the second quarter of the Patriots’ 20-13 win over the Bills Monday night, ESPN cameras caught Tom Brady on the Patriots sideline yelling at the rest of the offense, particularly the offensive linemen.
Brady said on Dennis & Callahan Tuesday morning he was “agitated” the whole game.
“I was pretty agitated all night,” Brady said. “For three hours and 20 minutes I was pretty agitated. I don’t remember who I was talking to at that particular point. When you’re the quarterback and you’ve been around, you see things and you want to try and create some urgency and see if we can get in the game and start tightening things up because things like that happen in practice too.”
He added: “You have to figure a way when things aren’t going well to rally and when things don’t seem to be going well, how are you going to find that rhythm. Just making sure everyone is focused and letting them know that I am focused and that they need to be focused. We can all be more focused together because we all play off one another. That’s offensive football. The more guys you can count on that are dependable, that are doing the right thing, that I know that this is taken care of because I can take my eyes off it and focus on something else that I need to focus on. If I’m not quite sure then I need to spend my energy thinking about what someone else has to do and that takes away from what I am trying to do and if you do that too often then it’s a hard way to play offensive football.”
Brady confirmed he was never asked to go on ESPN after the game. (Furthermore, no Patriots players appeared on the network afterwards.) He did say he met with ESPN earlier in the weekend.
“I did meet with Mike [Tirico],” Brady said. “The production meeting, I know is always pretty important and you develop a relationship with those guys. Mike is a Michigan man so I like Mike a lot.”
The quarterback was also asked about his “Rex Ryan” audible at the line of scrimmage in the first quarter. Brady said it was nothing against Ryan.
“Sometimes you use their name because you are playing them that week and we had some other names we could have used on other plays as it relates to the Buffalo Bills,” Brady said. “It’s just part of the verbal communication. The last thing I am trying to do in the middle of the first quarter is to tweak Rex. I don’t need to do that.”
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FOXBORO — The Bills did almost everything in their power to beat the Patriots Monday night.
Buffalo held the Patriots to 20 points, a season-low.
Buffalo held Tom Brady to 20-for-39 (51 percent) passing for 277 yards with a touchdown and an interception, but the last time the quarterback was that frustrated by a defense was when Kansas City manhandled the Patriots last September.
Buffalo also rushed for 94 yards against the Patriots, the second-best run defense in the league and won the time of possession battle 32:55-27:05.
In other words, the Bills checked off a lot of boxes needed to beat the Patriots but couldn’t get it done, as the Patriots came out on top 20-13, which in the end signifies the Patriots are clearly the more superior team.
“But, like always, we’ve come up short many times being here when you think you’ve got them by the ropes, but at the end of the day, they find ways to win and that’s what championship teams do, and we’re not at that level right now,” Rex Ryan said afterwards.
One of the biggest turning points in the game came with just under a minute left in the first half. It was a 3-3 game, Buffalo’s ball on the New England 30-yard line and third-and-6.
Tyrod Taylor threw a fade to LeSean McCoy, who beat the Patriots defense up the sideline, but he couldn’t hang on to the ball in the end zone as Patriots safety Devin McCourty raced over to help knock the ball loose.
On the next play, Dan Carpenter missed a 48-yard field goal to give the Patriots great field position and the Patriots offense was able to take advantage, as James White caught a 20-yard touchdown pass six plays later to give the Patriots a 10-3 halftime lead and the momentum going into the second half.
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