|Rex Ryan concedes Tom Brady isn’t going away anytime soon: ‘I don’t know if I’ve ever seen him better’||10.26.16 at 8:28 pm ET|
Turns out the media and fans aren’t the only ones who’ve been pretty amazed at what Tom Brady has done in his three games back from suspension.
Rex Ryan, the next coach who gets a chance to contain him on Sunday in Buffalo, thinks the Patriots quarterback could be playing the best football of his career.
To wit, Brady has completed 76 of 101 passes (75 percent), throwing eight touchdown passes without an interception while posting an astronomically high 132.6 quarterback rating in three games. Philip Rivers is next at 102.4 in his seven games.
“I mean it’s almost like, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen him better,” Ryan beamed during Wednesday’s conference call with reporters. “I mean he he’s played in the league for 17 years, 18 years, something like that. Obviously, he puts the work in and everything else and it’s just a real credit to him. Like, I keep thinking if I stay in this conference long enough, that maybe that dude will retire but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.”
Brady, himself, said just two hours before Ryan’s conference call that he’s feeling good at this stage of the season.
“I always feel pretty good, I really do,” Brady said. “It feels like I’m just kind of getting going in football season and it’s already the halfway point.”
What does Brady expect from Ryan on Sunday in Buffalo?
“I think he does a really good job of playing to the strengths of his players. I think that’s what he does really well as a coach,” Brady said. “I think there’s an element of what you prepare for, you may not get many of those things. We’ve played him sometimes when he’s been blitzing a lot, and he doesn’t blitz as much at all. Then he hasn’t been blitzing much at all and then he blitzes us at all. I think you just have to be prepared for everything, which is a bit of a challenge because there’s only so much time in the week that you have to prepare.
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|Rex Ryan compliments New England media: ‘You guys made sure I was in the right frame of mind for that game’||at 2:50 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The last time the New England media spoke to Rex Ryan on a conference call, it didn’t go so well as it ended with Ryan getting the last word in by saying, “I’ll show you average” after he was referred to as an average coach.
In that game (Oct. 2), the Bills shutout the Patriots, 16-0 at Gillette Stadium, but they were also without Tom Brady.
Ryan thanked the New England media for what happened in his latest conference call, held Wednesday afternoon leading into Sunday’s game in Buffalo.
“I want to compliment you guys, you guys made sure I was in the right frame of mind for that game,” Ryan said.
Another topic from the Week 4 matchup was Ryan joking he had inside sources at Gillette Stadium that told him Jacoby Brissett, not Jimmy Garoppolo would start at quarterback.
Ryan confirmed on Wednesday he was joking.
“A lot of secrets. A lot of secrets are still floating around there.” he said. “I am getting some good intel. By the way, it worked out great and then I was afraid — ‘Man, someone is actually going to believe that.’ I had no idea who the heck the quarterback would be, but I darn sure pretended, didn’t I?
“My sources tell me Brady will be the quarterback [this week].”
As for this week’s game, Ryan knows things will be different from the last meeting, especially with Brady at quarterback. He also knows just because one thing happens in one meeting, doesn’t mean it will always carry over to the next one.
“Well, obviously every week is different,” Ryan said. “When you look at, we were the best team that day and I think obviously there are circumstances with things, but that’s all that proved. The next game you have to go out and it’s a brand new circumstances, brand new, players are different, or whatever. You can go back to when I got beat 45-3 by them, that never met anything the following time you played them. That’s kind of the way it is. It’s just like here. It’s the same thing. It really doesn’t mean anything.”
|5 things to know about Bills: Buffalo’s fortunes tied to health of RB LeSean McCoy||10.25.16 at 11:12 am ET|
Five things you have to know about the Bills, who will host the Patriots Sunday at New Era Field.
1. They run the ball better than almost anyone else in the league. It remains to be seen just how impactful LeSean McCoy’s hamstring issue is going to be — he left last Sunday’s game against Miami after re-aggravating the injury — but when McCoy is right, the Bills have one of the best running games in the NFL. They average 152.3 rushing yards per contest, the second-best total in the league behind the Cowboys (161.2). McCoy leads the team with 112 carries, 598 yards and six touchdowns. (The 5.3 yards per carry is second in the league.) Quarterback Tyrod Taylor has 41 carries for 271 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Buffalo topped the 100-yard rushing plateau four times in its first seven games of the season, including 134 in the first meeting with the Patriots and (Are we sure this isn’t a misprint?) 313 yards on the ground against the Niners. The key to everything? McCoy, who is as dynamic a back as you’ll find. His health will certainly bear watching over the course of the week. There was plenty of debate surrounding the wisdom of having him try to play against the Dolphins. If Rex Ryan blew him out against Miami and isn’t available for this week’s showdown with the Patriots, the folks in upstate New York won’t be happy.
2. They struggle in the passing game. Taylor has made real gains under center over the last year, but the bottom line is that, at least statistically, he’s no better than a middle-of-the-road quarterback. In seven games, he’s completed 60 percent of his passes (116-for-192) for 1,297 yards, nine touchdowns, two interceptions and a passer rating of 91.9. When he throws it, he’s going to look for wide receiver Robert Woods (25 catches on 37 targets, 240 yards, 1 TD), tight end Charles Clay (24 catches, 36 targets, 268 yards), McCoy (20 catches, 23 targets, 97 yards, 1 TD) and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (12 catches, 32 targets, 258 yards, 3 TDs). At 21.5 yards per catch, Goodwin is the closest thing to a true deep threat/home-run hitter the Bills have, at least until Sammy Watkins comes back from his foot injury.
3. They’ve been really good at turnover ratio. The Bills are good at taking care of the football, and also good at taking it away. Buffalo is second in the league when it comes to turnover rate at plus-eight, trailing only the Vikings (plus-11). Cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Nickell Robey-Coleman have two interceptions each, while linebacker Preston Brown has two fumble recoveries and Lorenzo Alexander has three forced fumbles. On the other side of the ball, while Taylor isn’t overwhelming on offense, only three other teams have thrown fewer picks this season than the Bills (New England, Dallas and Minnesota).
|Rex Ryan on Patriots-Bills rematch: ‘I don’t know how much more important it could be than this one’||10.24.16 at 8:42 pm ET|
Sunday’s Patriots-Bills game in Buffalo could have been a battle for first place in the AFC East if the Bills would have taken care of business Sunday in Miami.
Instead, after the Bills’ loss to the Dolphins they are 4-3, while the Patriots are 6-1 and now the Bills must win to have any sort of shot at the AFC East title this season.
Rex Ryan knows how big of a game it is.
“I don’t know how much more important it could be than this one,” Ryan told reporters Monday via ESPN’s Mike Rodak. “I could lie to you and say it’s not important, but this is a critical game for us. There’s no doubt about it. Does it break your season if you lose? I hope I don’t have to worry about that. We got to find a way to win this game.”
It’s also the first meeting following the Week 4 matchup where the Bills beat the Patriots 16-0 at Gillette Stadium, but the Patriots were without Tom Brady. Also, there was a pregame dust-up between the Bills’ secondary and Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell when the two ran on to the field on the Bills’ side during pregame warmups.
“These two teams don’t like each other, there’s no question about that,” Ryan said. “But I don’t think there was a real fight, you know? A real fight would be outside in a parking lot, you know what I mean? Then you really got something to write about. But that thing was hardly a fight.”
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|Rex Ryan admits he was ‘BSing the whole time’ with having sources within Patriots||10.03.16 at 6:02 pm ET|
FOXBORO — After Sunday’s 16-0 win over the Patriots, Bills coach Rex Ryan said he knew Jacoby Brissett would start at quarterback because of sources “inside the New Patriot building.”
Well, apparently Ryan was lying.
“Absolutely [I had sources], as far as you guys know,” a smiling Ryan said to reporters Monday. “That’s just great. Because, man, I stirred the pot. Because you know they’re sitting back and going, ‘Who is it? Who is it?’ I was BSing the whole time.
“If people were worried about it, that’s awesome. That’s good. Let them think they got [someone inside].”
Ryan was also asked about the pregame scuffle between the two teams, saying it had nothing to do with the outcome of the game.
“It had nothing to do with the outcome of the game,” Ryan said. “We were there for one reason and one reason only, and that was to win a football game, which we can check that box off. So you can remember that.”
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|Danny Amendola on OM&F talks pregame scuffle with Bills: ‘It pissed me off. … I’m not going to forget about that’||at 12:53 pm ET|
Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Monday following the Patriots’ 16-0 loss to the Bills and talked about the pregame scuffle between the two teams. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.
During pregame warmups, Jacoby Brissett and Malcolm Mitchell ran on to the Bills’ side of the field and back as part of their routine, but the Bills defensive backs didn’t like it as they shoved Brissett forcing Mitchell to come to the defensive of his quarterback. Coaches got involved and even were shoved by Bills players.
Although he only saw what happened on video Monday morning, Amendola said he’s not going to forget what happened.
“It pissed me off to tell you the truth,” he said. “I’m not going to forget about that.”
Added Amendola: “I just heard they got into it and to be ready to go. I’m always ready to play this team.”
The Patriots wide receiver said Mitchell, a rookie, did the right thing by protecting his quarterback and Amendola wished he could have been there.
“He did the right thing. I would have done the same thing,” Amendola said. “I wish I could have been there, too.”
The two teams will meet again Oct. 30 in Buffalo and it appears the Patriots already have the game circled on their calendars.
“Yeah, for sure,” Amendola said. “I saw that video this morning and it pissed me off to tell you the truth — pushing coaching and [stuff] like that.”
During the week Rex Ryan mocked the Patriots and Bill Belichick, including impersonating a reporter to ask Julian Edelman a question on a conference call. Amendola doesn’t appear to be a big Ryan fan.
“I don’t know Rex Ryan. I don’t interact with him,” Amendola said. “I’ve spoken to him maybe once and I will keep that between me and him, but I don’t really see eye-to-eye with him too much.”
The Patriots get Tom Brady back from his four-game suspension on Monday and Amendola is ready to welcome him back with open arms.
“I just got here and I am about to give a hug and welcome him back,” he said. “I haven’t talked to him in awhile, so.”
|Rex Ryan claims he has sources in Patriots building, knew Jacoby Brissett would start||10.02.16 at 5:34 pm ET|
FOXBORO — One of the biggest questions this week was who would start at quarterback for the Patriots — Jimmy Garoppolo or Jacoby Brissett?
According to Rex Ryan, despite what he said during the week, he knew all along Brissett would be the starter.
“My sources inside the New England Patriot building said that Jacoby Brissett would be the quarterback,” Ryan said after the game. “How’s that? I’ll stir some stuff up — who was it? Who was it? I don’t know who it was.”
Brissett and the Patriots offense struggled as they were shutout by the Bills, 16-0. It was the first home shutout for the team since 1993.
For Ryan, he is now 5-11 against the Patriots including the playoffs in his career.
“God, it feels good to finally win here,” Ryan said. “Came close about six times, finally won one. It was great.”
But, the Bills coach was quick to point out — and referenced several times — that the Patriots didn’t have Tom Brady under center because of the final game of his four-game suspension.
“It’s satisfying, but let’s face it, they had a player out and we had our team,” Ryan said. “We expected to win.”
Added Ryan on the differences between Brissett and Garoppolo: “They are different, but I have news for you, Garoppolo isn’t Tom Brady either. It isn’t even close. He’s a good player, but there’s only one Tom Brady.”
For now, he said the Patriots not having Brady doesn’t detract from the win.
“It feels pretty good right now,” Ryan said.
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