First, Bills coach Rex Ryan posed as a reporter and asked Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman last week which quarterback would the Patriots would be starting in Sunday’s game.
After the Bills won the game, beating what many would term a surprise starter in Jacoby Brissett, Ryan then claimed he knew from “sources inside the building” that the Patriots were starting Brissett and not Jimmy Garoppolo.
Monday, Ryan was still talking — he loves to do that — and said he made up his “sources” claim.
“Absolutely [I had sources], as far as you guys know,” Ryan told reporters Monday, with a smile. “That’s just great. Because, man, I stirred the pot. Because you know they’re sitting back and going, ‘Who is it? Who is it?’ I was B.S.-ing the whole time.
“If people were worried about it, that’s awesome. That’s good. Let them think they got [someone inside].”
It’s a safe bet Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn’t laughing. Or wouldn’t be, if he ever did.