Rex Ryan says Bills defense was “terrible,” no one argues with him

AP

By any reasonable estimate, the Bills were not good on defense last year.

And while head coach Rex Ryan was answering sarcastically, the words he said were true on their face.

We were terrible,” Ryan said, via Tyler Dunne of the Buffalo News. “And I can’t coach defense anymore for some reason.”

They were 15th in the league in scoring defense and 19th in yards allowed, but they generated no pressure on opposing quarterbacks, which wasn’t a problem when Ryan walked in.

The Bills had the fewest sacks in franchise history last year, with just 21 for the season (after 54 the year before). And there was constant complaints from star defensive end Mario Williams, who didn’t think he was being used properly. But Ryan said the issue was more about “communication” between players and coaches when things improved late in the season, and pointed to injuries throughout the season.

“Well, our front guys played five games together last year,” he said. “I don’t know if you guys remember that or not. But they were together for five games. So, yeah, I’d like to see them rush more together. Absolutely.”

Of course, the changes are coming. Williams is a likely salary cap casualty, and even though he said earlier Wednesday he’d consider a pay cut, Ryan said he wasn’t sure that was a possibility.

31 responses to “Rex Ryan says Bills defense was “terrible,” no one argues with him

  1. They’ve got talent on top of talent on that defense. If they weren’t so preoccupied being fake mad at everything and everyone maybe they’d be better communicators.

  2. It’s all downhill from here, Bills fans. Watch as the team gets worse every year under Ryan, while he continues to fool owners and the media about what a genius he is.

  3. Ryan is the ultimate egotist. He insisted…and still insists… on playing his scheme and forcing the players to adapt to it as opposed to adjusting his scheme to the players’ strengths. His scheme requires so much communication, last second adjustments and personnel match ups, it’s easy for the offense to run a hurt up scheme or to substitute at the last second and create mismatches. The Bills defense excelled when they played the wide nine, rushed the passer and dictated to offenses….much like Denver did this year. Talent should always trump scheme as Marv Levy used to day!

  4. I thought rexy would put that defense in to elite status. Instead he turned it average and now a dominant key cog is leaving. More will follow, and rexy somehow will still have a job.

  5. Good thing they hired Rob to fix things. Just look at where the Saints defenses have been the past few years.

  6. At least one player on the Bills defense has to set up and become a leader. This past season, unlike the 2014 team, this defense was undisciplined and without a winning character.

  7. His insecurity showed when he got rid of Schwartz
    …but bro Rob is there now so things are bound to improve just ask him

  8. Most overrated coach in the league…if braggadacio translated into wins he would have more superbowls than Bellichick. The press like him because he’s great theater, the players like him ’cause he’s one of the guys. The game has passed both he and his brother….Idzik should have let him go as soon as he was named GM. Look what Bowles has been able to do quietly with the Jets. Buffalo needs to move on before he does more damage.i

  9. The only good thing about the two Ryans coaching together is simple!

    Either they produce at a high level or they are fired after this year

  10. Did Pegula hire this dude because they thought he was going to be a good head coach or because they wanted to entertain Bills fans? Hopefully, the Bills get to be on Hard Knocks this year…now for my g-d snack…

  11. Rex was hired to be the face of the franchise.
    Do the pressers, handle the media etc. No one thought he would screw up an oustanding Defense. If anyone told you before the season :that the Bills who had a top 4 defense and the top special teams would lead the league in rushing yards, have a qb with a 10 / 3
    Td/ int ratio and have a passer rating of 99.4
    you would have to think they would make the playoffs. Rex was responsible for the defensive calapse and was responsible for another missed opportunity.

  12. Jets had issues getting to the QB during Rex’s tenure. This is no surprise. Rex made his name off more talented defenses in Baltimore and New York.

  13. Good coaches adapt to the skill at their disposal on D

    Bad coaches somehow expect guys with limited skill to play better than they can

    This is what sets a guy like Belichick, who can win even with WRs at CB, and Ryan, who often needs top players like Revis to show how good a Defensive coach he is

    (Note: Patriots haters will now say that Belichick’s success is due to Brady. And when there’s comment about Brady’s greatness you can expect these same rocket scientists to say Brady’s success is due to Belichick.)

  14. somethinghappeninghere says:
    Feb 24, 2016 5:51 PM
    Did Pegula hire this dude because they thought he was going to be a good head coach or because they wanted to entertain Bills fans? Hopefully, the Bills get to be on Hard Knocks this year…now for my g-d snack…
    ****************************************************
    This is the question Bills fans have to be asking themselves, it’s clear from the outside looking in that that’s exactly what happened, it’s all about selling tickets and not winning.

  15. When you have 10 guys playing on defense, and one prima donna who quit, this is where the defense ends up. Good riddance Mario!

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