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Rex Ryan: No problem with players meeting with Pegulas

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: Head Coach Rex Ryan of the Buffalo Bills walks onto the field before the game against the New York Jets at New Era Field on September 15, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Michael Adamucci/Getty Images) Getty Images

Among the reports following the Bills’ decision to fire offensive coordinator Greg Roman last Friday was one from Ian Rapoport of NFL Media on Sunday that Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula met with offensive players without coach Rex Ryan present before Roman was dismissed.

Ryan was reportedly less than thrilled about the meeting, but reiterated Monday that it was his decision to let Roman go and said that he had no problem with any meeting between players and owners.

“In regard to the reports about how players were seeing ownership, that happens all the time,” Ryan said, via the Buffalo News. “I feel fortunate that our owners, I mean they talk to our players, they talk to everybody. I can tell you this: I’m in full support of our owners. And at the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter, does it? They own the football team, they don’t have to get permission to talk to anybody, myself included, but I have no problem with it whatsoever. In fact, I think it’s a real positive thing for us.”

Ryan said he understands why people might feel like the Bills are in crisis mode after losing their first two games and firing Roman, but chose to see it as the team “taking a good hard look at what we’re doing” and working to get better after stumbling out of the gate this season. Ryan also said that he thinks his brother Rob is doing “as good a job as anybody coaching in this league” after the Jets went for 37 points and nearly 500 yards last Thursday, so he may not be convincing too many others that the team is back on the right track.

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37 Responses to “Rex Ryan: No problem with players meeting with Pegulas”
  1. jjb0811 says: Sep 19, 2016 1:24 PM

    He’ll be another annoying voice on some network next year.

  2. jonwill57 says: Sep 19, 2016 1:27 PM

    Well it’s good to know Rex is in full support of the owners…wait…what? Is there any other way and keep your job?

    Rex will be a bye week casualty!

  3. captainwhodat says: Sep 19, 2016 1:27 PM

    shocker: dissension in Buffalo…who would’ve thought it…

  4. logicalvoicesays says: Sep 19, 2016 1:30 PM

    Rex Ryan looks like Barefoot Contessa.

  5. natelan says: Sep 19, 2016 1:30 PM

    Sounds like homeboy is gone. Bet he doesn’t finish the season. Proud of the new owners being firm, patient but decisive. This bodes well for the team in the near future. With involved, but not OVERLY involved owners like this, I could see the Bills on an upward trajectory before very long. In 2-3 years, they could be playing some late playoff games. I guess we’ll see who they go with for their next head coach to be sure if they are serious about winning. But clearly they are not satisfied with things as they are, and that’s very good.

  6. alewatcher says: Sep 19, 2016 1:31 PM

    Rex is a fool. Stupid hire to start with, then he brings in his loser brother. The Bills defense couldn’t even make a 3rd down stop on the Jets opening drive.

    The wrong coordinator got fired. Rex and his brother are both gone next year, and hopefully the Bills “brain trust” as well.

  7. buffalosunshine says: Sep 19, 2016 1:34 PM

    he just has to win this week.. win 1 game and all this will vanish.. BUT because they have lost two in a row and they are starting at 2 more they have earned this type of talk.

  8. cyclotrongary says: Sep 19, 2016 1:39 PM

    Annoying to say the least.
    Buffalo fans were ecstatic to get sexy Rex, now you get to enjoy another losing season.
    What a pair Rex and Rob, two losers that are all talk.
    Almost forgot ownership, those two idiots hired them!

  9. TB12RALLYCRY says: Sep 19, 2016 1:48 PM

    knowing hes all but done in Buffalo , yet he still talks non sense………

  10. joetoronto says: Sep 19, 2016 1:49 PM

    cyclotrongary says:
    Sep 19, 2016 1:39 PM
    Annoying to say the least.
    Buffalo fans were ecstatic to get sexy Rex, now you get to enjoy another losing season.
    What a pair Rex and Rob, two losers that are all talk.
    Almost forgot ownership, those two idiots hired them!
    **********************************************
    Exactly, the Pegula’s hired him and the rest of the hot mess the have there.

  11. helldog33 says: Sep 19, 2016 2:00 PM

    He’s gotta know their next meeting will be to discuss Life After Rex.

  12. nflgtcfl says: Sep 19, 2016 2:13 PM

    Just ask Chip Kelly if he had a problem with Demarco Murray talking to Lurie

  13. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 19, 2016 2:14 PM

    I doubt Rex cares about much at this point other than dragging out the number of weeks he’s getting that huge paycheck.

    He has to know he’s gone by the end of the season at the latest, so the longer he can get that Pelegula money the better.

    Each one of those weekly nuggets is almost twice what the average American makes in a year. Can’t blame him for wanting to drag that out as long as possible.

  14. trainwrecksryan says: Sep 19, 2016 2:18 PM

    “…he just has to win this week.. win 1 game and all this will vanish.”

    I respectfully disagree. I think Week 4 against the Pats and either their 2nd or 3rd string quarterback (depending on Garropolo’s recovery) is the must-win game for Rex to stay, at least until the Bye.

  15. jimjets says: Sep 19, 2016 2:21 PM

    rob is doing as good a job as anybody coaching in this league who’s overweight named ryan and looks like me –

    rex ryan

  16. toybkshr says: Sep 19, 2016 2:22 PM

    Sorta makes his statement that the firing “was my move” even more suspect

  17. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Sep 19, 2016 2:23 PM

    The Bills got “bullied” by the Jets last week, and Rex was not ‘the first one to go’…

  18. weepingjebus says: Sep 19, 2016 2:23 PM

    Rex supports the owners? I’m not sure he understands how this works.

  19. nhpats says: Sep 19, 2016 2:24 PM

    the next meeting with the team will be to tell them that “Rex is no longer with us”….. I predict this will be sometime around Thanksgiving

  20. toybkshr says: Sep 19, 2016 2:24 PM

    @ harrisonhits2 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 2:14 PM
    I doubt Rex cares about much at this point other than dragging out the number of weeks he’s getting that huge paycheck. ———————————————————————————————————————————
    Ah – Not like the players – if they fire him now he still gets paid the remainder of his contract

  21. getyourownname says: Sep 19, 2016 2:28 PM

    Don’t know what else he could say, even though we all know the truth.

  22. buffalostarwarsfan says: Sep 19, 2016 2:29 PM

    cyclotrongary says:
    Sep 19, 2016 1:39 PM
    Annoying to say the least.
    Buffalo fans were ecstatic to get sexy Rex, now you get to enjoy another losing season.
    What a pair Rex and Rob, two losers that are all talk.
    Almost forgot ownership, those two idiots hired them!

    —–

    I don’t think Buffalo fans were ecstatic, generally. Some bought into his clown show as entertainment but had reservations about his actual outlook as coach. The sentiment now is pretty anti-Rex, and pretty anti-blaming your OC after making Ryan Fitzpatrick look like Joe Montana.

    Buffalo fans have been near-universal in condemning the hire of clown #2 Rob. I guess our only consolation is whatever other joker they might have brought in in 2015 (including Marrone, had he stayed) would have produced a losing team as well.

    If Rex loses to Arizona, which I assume he will, he’ll be coaching for his job against the Patriots* and their rookie third stringer in week 4.

  23. amaf21 says: Sep 19, 2016 2:31 PM

    The snowflake generation strikes again! Sorry Rex, firing Greg was a major micro aggression. #doomedgeneration

  24. pftfan says: Sep 19, 2016 2:51 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 2:14 PM

    I doubt Rex cares about much at this point other than dragging out the number of weeks he’s getting that huge paycheck.

    ——————————————–

    I’m pretty sure his contract is guaranteed for the full 5-year term. Short of him quitting outright or doing something illegal, he’s still getting that dough.

  25. hatersgonnahatehate says: Sep 19, 2016 2:55 PM

    0-4 & out the door

  26. elvoid says: Sep 19, 2016 2:59 PM

    “Ryan said he understands why people might feel like the Bills are in crisis mode after losing their first two games and firing Roman, but chose to see it as the team “taking a good hard look at what we’re doing” and working to get better after stumbling out of the gate this season. ”

    Yeah. Because everyone knows the sure-fire way to fix a lousy defense is to fire the offensive coordinator.

  27. rufustfireflyjr says: Sep 19, 2016 3:00 PM

    I would have LOVED to have been a fly on the wall at THAT meeting . . .

  28. xsorethumbx says: Sep 19, 2016 3:03 PM

    I am praying to the football gods that Rex joins Jeff Fishers staff next year.

  29. tbw880 says: Sep 19, 2016 3:04 PM

    Laughable!

  30. manderson4150 says: Sep 19, 2016 3:06 PM

    What else can wrecks say….he’s already in the lead the in dead man walking race.

  31. willyalistentothis says: Sep 19, 2016 3:14 PM

    Tone is set from the top, and the Pegula’s Dan Snyder like agreement to meet with players in this situation is exactly the type of decision that creates the tone of a very bad organization. It sounds like Bills fans are in for years of misery.

  32. laffers says: Sep 19, 2016 3:16 PM

    Poor Rex; he’s just not head coaching material.

  33. intrafinesse says: Sep 19, 2016 3:39 PM

    If the Bills fire Rex mid season, who would they put in as interim HC, who will also be fired after the season?

    Fire Rex Ryan and his brother Rob, and promote 2 guys from within. Give them some experience for 12 games before the entire staff is fired.

  34. dmwilliams0124 says: Sep 19, 2016 5:19 PM

    Buffalo Starwars Fan……

    We should have KEPT SCHWARTZ, and wen’t after Gailey again for a HC/OC. He and Schwartz would have THIS ROSTER at 2-0….and feeling good about the next 2 games

  35. alewatcher says: Sep 19, 2016 6:15 PM

    cyclotrongary says:
    Sep 19, 2016 1:39 PM

    Annoying to say the least.
    Buffalo fans were ecstatic to get sexy Rex, now you get to enjoy another losing season.

    ——————
    Count me as a Bills far that was pretty frickin’ far from ecstatic at the hiring of Rex, especially after all the lame talk about looking for an offensive minded coach, which is really what the Bills needed. (And still need.)

    Instead, they hire this idiot after he ruined the Jets. We all watched the same games, and saw what Rex did to the team Mangini built. There was no reason to believe he was suddenly going to become a great coach, and he’s proved it by wrecking the defense, the only thing we had going for us. Now we have neither, and we’re stuck with his worse than useless brother as well. Did no one see the defenses he led for the Cowboys or Saints? (Using the term defense loosely).

    The Bills have to get their act together, and that means cleaning house from the top down.

  36. ibillwt says: Sep 20, 2016 10:19 PM

    If he gets canned and Patricia moves on, I can see Rex working for Belichick. Bill doesn’t take stuff personally forever; he even throws a bone to that buffoon Parcells now.

    And unlike Parcells, Rex can absolutely coach some football, just not an NFL head coach.

    Not a good move by the owners going behind his back either.

  37. jaxbeachsurfshop says: Sep 21, 2016 3:08 AM

    I wonder how Bills fans think of Doug Marrone. Yes he was an insufferable delusional egomaniac who had no reason to be. But the guy had won 9-10 games a year.

    The Powercouple Pegula is now showing everyone why Marrone left. And I’m not so sure he wasn’t wrong to do so. Meddling owners who are incompetent wallets have zero business talking to the players like how these too clowns did. They know nothing about football.

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