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Rex Ryan: Covering Rob Gronkowski, Martellus Bennett in red zone will be a ‘nightmare’ 08.04.16 at 4:44 pm ET
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Rex Ryan said covering Rob Gronkowski, Martellus Bennett in the red zone will be a "nightmare." (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Rex Ryan said covering Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett in the red zone will be a “nightmare.” (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Historically, Rex Ryan has had trouble when going against the Patriots.

This year he will have a new challenge as the Patriots added tight end Martellus Bennett in the offseason to go along with All-Pro Rob Gronkowski.

Ryan hopes Bills linebackers Preston Brown and Reggie Ragland will be able to matchup with the two tight ends, especially in the red zone, but noted how tough it will be for any team in the league to handle Bennett and Gronkowski.

“I’m encouraged by it,” Ryan told reporters on Thursday. “But, you know, I think we’ll see how tough it is to cover those dudes when we get that chance. But they’re all — the thing that gets you is they’re two giant red zone threats, like, that’s probably the biggest thing. You know, Gronk being the No. 1 red zone threat in the league and Bennett is probably just below him. So, it’s like that’s going to be a nightmare for any team, not just us.”

As for Brown, he’s not concerned with it right now as they don’t face the Patriots until Week 4, the final game of Tom Brady’s suspension.

“It’s definitely going to be a difficult challenge, those two twins going to go down the seams, it’s going to be hard,” Brown said. “It’s like what they used to do back with Aaron Hernandez. It’s going to be interesting, but we’re not there right now, so, I mean, I know the coach is going to talk about the Patriots, but I’m worried about whoever we’ve got Week 1.”

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Bills defensive assistant coach Rob Ryan: ‘Bring [Bill] Belichick on. We got him’ 05.27.16 at 10:14 am ET
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Coaching with his brother Rex, Rob Ryan feels the Bills can beat Bill Belichick and the Patriots. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Coaching with his brother Rex, Rob Ryan feels the Bills can beat Bill Belichick and the Patriots. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Rex Ryan hasn’t been afraid to poke at Bill Belichick and the Patriots over the years, and now his brother Rob is joining in.

Rob joined the Bills this past offseason as a defensive assistant and within a long interview with MMQB along with Rex, Rob took aim at Belichick and the Patriots.

At the end of the interview the Ryan brothers were discussing their dad and how he’s struggling health-wise, but they hope he can make it through a few more seasons.

“He’s not going to be able to watch us coach for much longer, I don’t think,” Rob said. “But hopefully he can see this one, because we have got big plans. Bring Belichick on. We got him.”

Going into this season, the Patriots have won 23 out of the last 25 meetings between the two teams and the last loss was the final game of the 2014 season and had no impact on playoff seeding so the Patriots rested the majority of their players.

It wasn’t all shots at the Patriots and Belichick as Rob noted he worked under Belichick for four years and learned a lot, but still feel the Bills can take New England down.

“All the respect in the world for Bill Belichick,” Rob said. “That was fantastic training working for him for four years, and I learned a ton. Look, he is the No. 1 nemesis of every coach in this league. So it’s not just Rex. Now, I think if you ask their offensive staff, the worst they ever play is against Rex. People say, ‘well, he hasn’t beat them [nine out of the last 10] tries.’ Yeah, well, he has beat the hell out of that offense. I am sure the respect is mutual.

“But I know one thing, we are going to beat them. We are together, we’re going to beat the best. It’s two against one. Him one on one against any coach in the league, that guy is pretty damn good. And he’s also got his best buddy Tom Brady with him. He trained him, and he single-handedly made him great as well.”

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Rex Ryan weighs in on Tom Brady’s Deflategate suspension 04.30.16 at 6:46 pm ET
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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
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Rex RyanWhile 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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Rex Ryan, Todd Bowles happy Chandler Jones is out of AFC East at 9:59 am ET
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The AFC East is happy to see Chandler Jones leave the division. (Max Baer/USA Today Sports)

The AFC East is happy to see Chandler Jones leave the division. (Max Baer/USA Today Sports)

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
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Rex Ryan talks with the media Wednesday at the combine. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA Today Sports)

Rex Ryan talks with the media Wednesday at the combine. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA Today Sports)

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
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Tom Brady took an average of 2.45 seconds from snap-to-throw against the Bills, his highest of the season.  (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Tom Brady took an average of 2.45 seconds from snap-to-throw against the Bills, his highest of the season. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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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