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Rex Ryan thinks Cardinals may be “exact team” Bills need to play

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2016, file photo, Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan answers questions during a news conference after a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants, in Buffalo, N.Y. The Bills play at Baltimore on Sunday. Eight years and two jobs later, Rex Ryan still feels a tight connection with the Ravens. It’s an unshakable rapport that goes both ways. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert, File) AP

The start to the 2016 season has not been a good one for the Bills, but there’s still time to turn things around if they can start winning games.

They’ll get their next chance to do that against the Cardinals at home in Week Three. That prospect may not seem all that appealing after watching Arizona steamroll the Buccaneers 40-7 on Sunday, but coach Rex Ryan sees things a bit differently. And the same goes for their Week Four trip to New England.

“This might be the exact team we need to play,” Ryan said, via the Buffalo News. “This might be the best team in the league. And maybe this is the exact team we need to play. And it’s back-to-back weeks, by the way. So you got [Cardinals coach] Bruce Arians this week and [Patriots coach Bill] Belichick next week. So it’s like, OK. I mean, probably there’s a few easier options than those two. But maybe this is exactly what we need.”

Beating the Cardinals would certainly change the narrative of the last two weeks for the Bills and making it two in a row would create a very different picture than the one that currently exists. Losing would add to the woe, but once you’re at the bottom of the barrel there’s not really anywhere left to fall.

Avoiding those losses would be easier with the return to form of wide receiver Sammy Watkins and a return to action for left tackle Cordy Glenn, although Ryan indicated it will be later in the week before the team knows what’s up with those two.

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89 Responses to “Rex Ryan thinks Cardinals may be “exact team” Bills need to play”
  1. pittsburghdamned says: Sep 19, 2016 3:32 PM

    For once it’s entertaining to hear Rex speak, because we all know that any day could be his last.

  2. politiciansareallthesame says: Sep 19, 2016 3:32 PM

    52-3 Cards

    Rex will be fired the following day

  3. jakehoyt says: Sep 19, 2016 3:33 PM

    Cardinals are about to take the bills to the shed and make Rex Ryan line up at the unemployment office

  4. idiedpretty says: Sep 19, 2016 3:34 PM

    Poor Rex, grasping for excuses to save his job.

  5. donttrollonme says: Sep 19, 2016 3:34 PM

    Will Rex Ryan be deFEETed Sunday, then lose his job?

    He better Toe the line.

  6. bleedingfacemask says: Sep 19, 2016 3:34 PM

    Translation: “Another total butt-kicking is exactly what we need.”

  7. keepcalmandskolon says: Sep 19, 2016 3:34 PM

    Buffalo fans deserve better….

  8. finfansince68 says: Sep 19, 2016 3:35 PM

    Be careful what you wish for Rex…you may not be employed long enough to go 0-4

  9. weepingjebus says: Sep 19, 2016 3:37 PM

    The only chance Rex has is if he wears a more impressive hat than Arians. Cam knows what I’m talking about.

  10. PFT-made-me-change-my-handle says: Sep 19, 2016 3:37 PM

    He must be thinking that 0-3 is one step closer to a long vacation

  11. grogansheroes says: Sep 19, 2016 3:37 PM

    So Wrecks, you think playing a better team than the Jets or Ravens is just what your team needs? You know my dad used to say, “keep your mouth shut, and be thought a fool. Open it up and remove all doubt.” Words to live by Wrecks, words to live by.

  12. westcoastbillsfan says: Sep 19, 2016 3:39 PM

    What was the term Roman used? — oh, that’s right “Buffoon” –I can’t improve on that…

  13. boblavoie says: Sep 19, 2016 3:40 PM

    BaaaaaHaaaHaaaa – Ya, so you can go 3 and 0? This guy is delusional – he thinks he’s a coach.

  14. buffalobillswest says: Sep 19, 2016 3:40 PM

    I am a realist but I like Rex taking this stance. If the Bills are to bounce back this year they need to prove they can be a team to be reckoned with and both Arizona and NE provide the perfect opponents to see if Buffalo is better than what they have shown so far.

  15. nestrongsafety says: Sep 19, 2016 3:41 PM

    I love the Bills fans. I really do love their passion and understanding of the game. But man, they deserve a much better man at the helm than Rex. He’s an impostor if there ever was one.

  16. todd6162 says: Sep 19, 2016 3:41 PM

    To put the final nail in his coffin

  17. 6ball says: Sep 19, 2016 3:42 PM

    .
    Rex, when you’re 0-2 and your team’s in disarray, I can assure you the last thing you need is a visit from the Cardinals followed by a long weekend in Foxboro.
    .

  18. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Sep 19, 2016 3:42 PM

    This has to be one giant ploy to get people to forget about the foot fetish and Mark Sanchez tattoo. Otherwise it would mean he is a complete and total idiot with limited brain power…..oh wait….

  19. todd6162 says: Sep 19, 2016 3:42 PM

    I have to give him credit at least he’s going down swinging

  20. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Sep 19, 2016 3:43 PM

    If I was the BILLS owner I would have fired him 5 seconds after I heard this ?

  21. idiedpretty says: Sep 19, 2016 3:46 PM

    Classic Bills. Rex will be fired and Rob will be named interim HC.

  22. filmex2000 says: Sep 19, 2016 3:47 PM

    As a Cardinals fan I hope we lay 60 points on the Bills.

    That way Rex can start looking for a new offensive coordinator.

  23. fumblenuts says: Sep 19, 2016 3:48 PM

    Nothing like give the Cards some bulletin board material to get them fired up……..

  24. dalvar1001 says: Sep 19, 2016 3:48 PM

    Think ahead a little and when the Bills get beat what do you say after extract your foot from you mouth.

  25. mackcarrington says: Sep 19, 2016 3:50 PM

    This guy can say what he wants with the knowledge that if he doesn’t make it through this season, he still has 3 and a half more years money he’s owed.
    He probably feels less pressure now than he ever did.

  26. 345snarkavenue says: Sep 19, 2016 3:50 PM

    sometimes you just need to know when to zip it.

    on the other hand, if he has a guaranteed contract and is looking to get canned in order to end the misery but still get paid…..this could be the perfect setup.

  27. pisano says: Sep 19, 2016 3:50 PM

    Rex always opens his big mouth and puts his foot in it. The Cards will crush the Bills.

  28. mgs2277 says: Sep 19, 2016 3:51 PM

    As a Bills fan, I say we’re 0-16. This guy is a nimrod

  29. 345snarkavenue says: Sep 19, 2016 3:51 PM

    idiedpretty says:
    Sep 19, 2016 3:46 PM

    Classic Bills. Rex will be fired and Rob will be named interim HC

    ——-

    now that is funny

  30. riffrafflaff says: Sep 19, 2016 3:51 PM

    To go 0-3.

  31. bullcharger says: Sep 19, 2016 3:52 PM

    Does Rex get fired when they go 0-3 against the Cardinals (which is all but assured) or will he get fired when he loses to the third string Patriots QB to go 0-4?

  32. 12coltsfan12 says: Sep 19, 2016 3:53 PM

    talk about a championship slump! after winning the offseason so convincingly, the bills will end up 0-4 to start the year.

    Hey, at least they can start focusing on repeating as offseason chumps, i mean champs, again!

  33. buffalobraves says: Sep 19, 2016 3:53 PM

    So many Bills fans are rooting for the Cardinals this week – everyone wants Sexy Wrecksy gone as quickly as possible. GO CARDS!!

  34. jagsfan1 says: Sep 19, 2016 3:54 PM

    Of course they are because :

    1) Pregame Warmups : He can ask Bruce Arians for a job for next season

    2) Post Game : He can BEG Bruce Arians for a job for next season

  35. higheriqthanyou says: Sep 19, 2016 3:56 PM

    That’s interesting, they think the same thing.

  36. lscottman3 says: Sep 19, 2016 3:56 PM

    funny, but i bet Arians is thinking the Bills are exactly what the doctor ordered for the Cardinals, the difference being that Arians is just a little smarter than Rex, and will keep his bulletin board material off the internet.

  37. connfyoozed says: Sep 19, 2016 3:56 PM

    He just can’t help himself, can he? Rex keeps making things even worse than they are by running his mouth. It’s sure entertaining, though.

  38. 4th Down says: Sep 19, 2016 3:57 PM

    After Arizona … the Bills 0-3 … lol.

  39. onebuffalove716 says: Sep 19, 2016 4:03 PM

    talk about a championship slump! after winning the offseason so convincingly, the bills will end up 0-4 to start the year.

    Hey, at least they can start focusing on repeating as offseason chumps, i mean champs, again!

    0 0
    Oh the irony. Yep i want Pegula to
    Can him and get a real coach but said coach you are mocking whipped you last year so I see little reason for you to talk. Oh and again, your GM traded a first for Trent Richardson. And you are making fun of another team?

  40. araidersfan says: Sep 19, 2016 4:06 PM

    Rex Ryan continues to be living proof of the accuracy in the expression ’empty barrels make the most noise’.

  41. mmack66 says: Sep 19, 2016 4:06 PM

    Rex needs a team like the Browns to be his slump buster.

  42. maxkingpin says: Sep 19, 2016 4:07 PM

    Geez. This man cannot stop loving the sound of his own voice.
    After the Bills fall to 0-4 he will still be churling out his false confidence.

    “It’s just a flesh wound”
    Sure Ryan, enjoy bleeding to death the last 3 months of your coaching career.

  43. kcflake says: Sep 19, 2016 4:08 PM

    I think Rex could alleviate a lot of his problems by just being quiet and not running his mouth.

  44. finfansince68 says: Sep 19, 2016 4:10 PM

    I have much respect for the Bills organization – just NOT Rex “The Buffoon” Ryan ! History has proven he’s a good – not great- just good coordinator and excellent blabber mouth, just NOT Head Coach!
    You haven’t had a decent coach since Marv Levy.
    Trust me when I tell you, we Fins know a whole lot about the
    coaching carousel and the turds that roll off of it…to include
    a certain former GM who is now our Ex.VP of Football Ops!

  45. buffalostarwarsfan says: Sep 19, 2016 4:12 PM

    Yeah you tell ’em Rex. Maybe beat the teams that are beatable before dubbing Super Bowl contenders “the exact team” you need to play in a must win situation.

  46. thetooloftools says: Sep 19, 2016 4:12 PM

    Rex needs to stop the madness. The Bills are not going anywhere AGAIN and his “we look forward to” and “this year we’ll” garbage is just starting to really stink.
    AZ could be the team the Bills need to play to get him terminated.

  47. valentino8100 says: Sep 19, 2016 4:12 PM

    The musing of a lame duck.

  48. elks84 says: Sep 19, 2016 4:13 PM

    Just because he says something doesn’t mean he actually thinks it.

  49. upnorthvikesfan says: Sep 19, 2016 4:13 PM

    How is he still a head coach??

  50. roadtrip3500 says: Sep 19, 2016 4:13 PM

    I predict a post-game echo from the late Denny Green… “They are who we THOUGHT they were – and we let ’em off the hook!”

    Ironic that Green was the Cards coach when he said that, but this time it will be the Cards who were “let off the hook”.

  51. jeffreyshulenburg says: Sep 19, 2016 4:14 PM

    I mean…hes right. The team literally cant get any lower right now. And if the Bills DO get lucky, its a massive shot in the arm that might get the team righted before its too late

  52. higheriqthanyou says: Sep 19, 2016 4:14 PM

    The Bruce Arians of the AFC vs the Rex Ryan of the NFC.

    Great match-up between two blowhards.

  53. nhpats says: Sep 19, 2016 4:16 PM

    Once Rex’s Bills lose to the Cardinals he will proclaim that “We have the rest of the league right where we want them”!

  54. grogansheroes says: Sep 19, 2016 4:17 PM

    Wrecks’ mouth writes checks his team can’t cash!

  55. buffalostarwarsfan says: Sep 19, 2016 4:19 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Sep 19, 2016 3:54 PM
    Bills fans deserve Wrecks, he’s delusional as most of them.

    Every time I get down about losing games or our dysfunctional coach, I just remind myself that it could be worse. I could be in Toronto and not have a team, period.

  56. chippysbinky says: Sep 19, 2016 4:21 PM

    As far as bang for the entertainment buck goes Rex is the best coach in the league and it’s not even close, unless he happens to coach the team you root for. Outside of the Bills fans I don’t understand why any of the rest of you would ever want to see him fired.

  57. dohczeppelin says: Sep 19, 2016 4:23 PM

    Yes. It is the team we need. Because they’re going to annihilate the Bills, and bring us one step closer to life after Rex.

  58. sportoficionado says: Sep 19, 2016 4:23 PM

    every time Rex speaks i imagine Phil Collins playing in the background.

    ..Well if you told me you were drowning, I would not lend a hand
    I’ve seen your face before my friend, but I don’t know if you know who I am
    Well I was there and I saw what you did, I saw it with my own two eyes
    So you can wipe off that grin, I know where you’ve been
    It’s all been a pack of lies….

  59. 1967forever says: Sep 19, 2016 4:24 PM

    The team Rex needs to play is the Buffalo..oh, wait.

  60. jsuch2 says: Sep 19, 2016 4:38 PM

    We’re not who we thought we were.

  61. pourman says: Sep 19, 2016 4:42 PM

    Well, at least he knows the schedule.

  62. officialgame says: Sep 19, 2016 4:46 PM

    The dude is a masochist.

  63. 345snarkavenue says: Sep 19, 2016 4:46 PM

    it says a lot when most Bills fans here are siding with the rest of us.

  64. loumann says: Sep 19, 2016 4:52 PM

    Your in so far over your head ………run.

  65. bondlake says: Sep 19, 2016 4:56 PM

    RR is delusional.

    It’s all about HIM and the headlines he hopes to make.

    The Bills would be far better off without him and his brother.

  66. pondbridge says: Sep 19, 2016 5:08 PM

    And I never knew that you CAN hallucinate from foot powder!

  67. boisestatewhodat says: Sep 19, 2016 5:10 PM

    Cardinals will absolutely steamroll the Bills…it won’t be close.

  68. MichaelEdits says: Sep 19, 2016 5:14 PM

    He’s got too much class to say it, but Bruce Arians probably believes that the Bills are the exact team the Cardinals need to play.

  69. bencoates57 says: Sep 19, 2016 5:23 PM

    If you’re Buffalo, wouldn’t you rather face the Cardinals at home in December?

  70. bencoates57 says: Sep 19, 2016 5:24 PM

    You’vè got to admit, they did win the offseason

  71. nard100 says: Sep 19, 2016 5:24 PM

    This is the exact team the Bills need to play.. to get Rex’s “forced retirement” started.

  72. bullcharger says: Sep 19, 2016 5:24 PM

    If you switched Belichick and Ryan the Bills would compete for the division this year. I have no doubt.

  73. psubeerman21 says: Sep 19, 2016 5:25 PM

    I can’t wait for him and his useless brother to be out of the league. Throw him on espn as an analysis or something, he would be better served that way

  74. angrypurplebirds says: Sep 19, 2016 5:30 PM

    And what have the Cards done so far this year?… Lost to the Brady-less, Gronk-less Pats at home and beat the Bucks. Rex may be right.

  75. bullcharger says: Sep 19, 2016 5:34 PM

    The odds of the Bills beating Arizona at home is around 35%. It’s not going to happen. Either is a 0-3 team making the playoffs. Only a handful have ever done it.

  76. bak2bak2bakhaters says: Sep 19, 2016 5:40 PM

    It’s the lack of qbs,where is the great white hope in Buffalo, in justice man

  77. motsuret06 says: Sep 19, 2016 5:53 PM

    The Bills are in for real trouble when Wrecks Ryan starts to thinking. I predict he will be fired by the middle of the season. He is a gas bag in search of a bus ticket anyway.

  78. fatsolio says: Sep 19, 2016 5:55 PM

    I agree, they probably are the two exact teams they need to play as after losing both, the front office will finally get a clue and realize they need to fire this hack.

  79. kemp13 says: Sep 19, 2016 5:55 PM

    Rex isn’t stupid. No doubt he has a sweet buyout clause in his contract, so he can get canned, get paid, and go to work for a network next year. As a coach, the boy is DONE.

  80. alewatcher says: Sep 19, 2016 5:59 PM

    The hiring of Wrecks was a huge mistake by the Pegula’s, and I said so when they hired him. It’s as if they hadn’t been paying any attention at all when he wrecked the Jets. Once he started bringing in “his guy”, it was all downhill, and we’re seeing the same scenario play out again.

    He’s also managed to ruin the only thing we were good at, defense. After all the talk about bringing in an offensive minded coach, they hired The Buffoon. The Bills need to clean house, from the top down, or this never changes.

  81. gpete1962 says: Sep 19, 2016 6:13 PM

    Be careful what you wish for!!

  82. mclennon99 says: Sep 19, 2016 6:18 PM

    Hmmm….I wonder who we’ll take with the overall number one pick…Christian McCaffrey…Chad Kelly….hmmmm…..

  83. carloswlassiter says: Sep 19, 2016 6:38 PM

    An embarrassing loss t AZ and I think he’s fired the next day.

    A close loss and he buys a week or so.

    A win and the Bills are stuck with this buffoon for all or what figures to be a 4-12 or 5-11 season.

  84. cribbage12 says: Sep 19, 2016 7:12 PM

    Hopefully he’s renting in Buffalo.

  85. vusnu says: Sep 19, 2016 7:35 PM

    They say any year you lose a parent, it’s a very bad year for you. This has the makings of a very bad year for the Ryan brothers. They’ll probably both be unemployed after the end of this season.

  86. firecracker87 says: Sep 19, 2016 8:18 PM

    To get this year’s first 50 burger laid on them.

  87. nflgtcfl says: Sep 19, 2016 9:31 PM

    He has run out of delusional things to say and has turn to complete hallucinations.

  88. limakey says: Sep 19, 2016 9:32 PM

    Rex isn’t going any where. He will be given another year. The offense sucked year too.

  89. mclennon99 says: Sep 20, 2016 2:18 AM

    Pegula had separate meetings with some of the offensive players without Rex there prior to firing Roman.
    The players are well educated in knowing what to say to the media concerning the team and Ryan (We need to play better, etc). However, once alone with ownership and likely told that whatever they say about Ryan doesn’t leave the room,
    what do they really think??

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