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.