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Rex Ryan: It’s boring football, but we’re winning

BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 16:  Head coach Rex Ryan of the Buffalo Bills watches from the side lines during the second half against the San Francisco 49ers at New Era Field on October 16, 2016 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Bills thrashed the 49ers on Sunday for their first four-game winning streak since the 2008 season and they did it by running an ideal mix of Rex Ryan’s beloved ground and pound offense and smothering defense.

The Bills ran the ball 44 times for 312 yards, which was 12 more yards than the defense allowed the 49ers to gain in a 45-16 victory. The team has gained at least 134 yards on the ground in all four of their wins and the defense has helped them to a 10-2 turnover edge in those games.

All four of the wins have come after the Bills dispatched offensive coordinator Greg Roman and replaced him with Anthony Lynn. The move changed the style of football being played in Buffalo to one coach Rex Ryan calls “boring,” although the results have been anything but for the team.

“I know it’s boring football, but we just want to win, whether that means we’re going to put it up 30 or 40 times a game or just run the football,” Ryan said, via the Buffalo News. “Obviously, I’d prefer to run. There’s no question about that. Maybe that’s the old school in me, but I still think you run the ball to win games. We know we need to do a better job of passing it and I thought we did today. The main thing is being efficient.”

The Bills picked up 6.5 yards per play on Sunday, which certainly qualifies as efficient, and it hasn’t been particularly boring to watch an offense firing off the ball to knock defenses back the way the Bills have the last few weeks. Keeping it up next week will set the Bills up for a big Week Eight visit from the Patriots in a game that should be anything but boring given its likely importance to the top of the AFC East.

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19 Responses to “Rex Ryan: It’s boring football, but we’re winning”
  1. buffalobillswest says: Oct 17, 2016 10:16 AM

    Rex has toned down the rhetoric and I like the fact that the Bills are not getting ahead of themselves and taking each game one at a time.

    Now let’s show Mario next week in Miami how real pros play defense.

  2. seriously423 says: Oct 17, 2016 10:16 AM

    “I know it’s boring football, but we just want to win, whether that means we’re going to put it up 30 or 40 times a game or just run the football”

    say what????

    what else can you do???

  3. jjackwagon says: Oct 17, 2016 10:16 AM

    If you’re winning, it ain’t boring.
    Here’s to hoping the 9ers continue to get thrashed with the oppressed one under center.

  4. ryder09 says: Oct 17, 2016 10:17 AM

    Bills are playing good defense, Tyrod is playing smart football, and Shady is just killing it out there. maybe its fools gold, maybe its not, but they’ve been impressive these past couple of weeks.

  5. cobrala2 says: Oct 17, 2016 10:17 AM

    It’s only boring if you don’t love football.

    We can say what we want about the Ryans but when they do their thing as intended they win. Strong defense and run game with a dynamic QB busting open a few plays every game.

    They were raised by, “Our offense is for Randall to make five big plays and we’ll win.”

  6. rabidbillsfan says: Oct 17, 2016 10:18 AM

    All teams are built differently. Most teams don’t have an identity, though. This teams build matches its identity, hence the success. I’ll be honest, I think it’s a fragile system, but with guys like Justin Hunter and Charles Clay starting to get involved, they can become balanced when need be. I think the big thing here isn’t that were sending Shady out to tote the rock 30 times a game, he’s had less than 20 carries for 3 straight weeks now I believe. When you can consistently pick up chunks like that on the ground, it is really hard for teams to beat you, and even more so when it comes from more than the feature back and also from the QB position. The biggest thing I think Rex needs to be congratulated for, and all of the staff in honesty, is the discipline of this team. You’d never believe it was the same staff more or less and an almost identical roster. Miami is going to be a true test. They played like a team down on their luck, and finally started to bite back. We all know what game we are waiting for, so let’s see if this roster is as focused as it seems to be and doesn’t lay an egg in south beach.

  7. drakost says: Oct 17, 2016 10:25 AM

    Beat the pats in week 8 and then I’ll start taking them as a serious threat.

  8. billsbackto81 says: Oct 17, 2016 10:27 AM

    Rexy, you can bore me to tears and eventually death as long as its followed by a win. I’ll take 300 yds rushing all day, every day.

  9. JSpicoli says: Oct 17, 2016 10:43 AM

    49ers boring opponents now.

  10. unclebluck says: Oct 17, 2016 10:43 AM

    I see nothing boring about an offense that can run the ball effectively….KEEP IT UP!!

  11. billsfan4life says: Oct 17, 2016 10:46 AM

    Don’t worry about us….nope…we’re not doing nothing over here….4 game win streak? Who us?…noooooo I have no idea what you’re talking about….we don’t want any attention at all….let the Bills just keep collecting win after win after win and hopefully after you all look up, we’ll be sitting in FIRST!….

  12. weepingjebus says: Oct 17, 2016 10:47 AM

    Thank you for embarrassing Kaepernick and the sorry Forty-Whiners. You can call Rex many things, but unpatriotic is not one.

  13. maust1013 says: Oct 17, 2016 10:53 AM

    I know I am in the minority of AFCE fans whenever I say the division is more entertaining with Rex in it the down votes are plentiful but the truth is good competition makes the division more entertaining. We all hear the same false narrative about the weak division year after year but it has actually been the winningest division in the league over the last 10 years. Looking at both the division and the conference Rex is working the right recipe, the other team can’t score if it doesn’t have the ball. People who knock the AFCE don’t realize a simple fact of football life for the teams in it, they aren’t going to win by shooting it out with a Brady led Pats team. The only AFCE team to beat the Pats in the playoffs in the past 15 years was Ryan’s best ground ‘n pound Jets team.

  14. jeffreyshulenburg says: Oct 17, 2016 11:40 AM

    How far the Bills can go like this, we dont know. So far they have 4 games against marginal teams.

    With that said, they have 6 more games against teams with 2 or fewer wins right now. So if the Bills keep beating bad teams they can be a 10 win playoff entry.

    The true test will be in the next 3 weeks. If they can beat the Brady led Patriots or the Seahawks…or both, then they can be considered a threat late in the season.

  15. joetoronto says: Oct 17, 2016 11:45 AM

    Eventually they’re gonna need Thyroid to win a game for them, something he’s never been able to do.

  16. mutantman87 says: Oct 17, 2016 3:03 PM

    The Spurs have been boring and kicking butt for about 20 years now.

  17. joetorontoo says: Oct 17, 2016 3:11 PM

    I’ll take a “boring” win any day! Let’s Go Buffalo!

  18. toocoofoo84 says: Oct 17, 2016 4:06 PM

    Its not fools gold. They run the ball, play solid defense, don’t turn the ball over, and get timely turnovers themselves. Also they pressure the opposing qbs quite frequently. These are recipes for good playoff teams. They can’t afford to lose many more conference games. They already have two losses in conference vs only one win. This mlwill hurt them down the stretch to teams like oak, den, and kc. 1 of those 3 teams will be the other wild card

  19. billswillnevermove says: Oct 17, 2016 5:35 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Oct 17, 2016 11:45 AM
    Eventually they’re gonna need Thyroid to win a game for them, something he’s never been able to do.
    I bet your family said the same to you when you finally left home at the age of 55.

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