Rex Ryan still thinks the Bills can be a playoff team

AP

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Rex Ryan thinks the Bills can be a playoff team.

It’s only noteworthy now that he’s the former coach of the Bills, but the now-ESPN analyst took exception with the notion that his former team was going to struggle this year, including a USA Today prediction that they would go 4-12 this year.

There’s no way in hell,” Ryan said, via Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News. “That’s a coach’s dream, to have that kind of prediction because there is no pressure on you but I think that is total bull. If that is the case, why was I fired when I was fired if that’s how bad this team was? So I don’t get that. To saddle them with four wins, I totally disagree with that.

“I feel the Bills will surprise a ton of people. They are kind of trying to float this under the radar stuff, which I get. That’s probably the way to go, that’s the way everybody goes. Undersell and overproduce. I get it. I believe they will have a lot better year than the experts. Could they be a playoff team? They might very well be.”

Ryan went through the litany of reasons the Bills did not last year — injuries to key players, late losses, close games – but remains bullish on his old team in large part because he believes in quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

“I love him,” Ryan said of Taylor. “I think he’s a winner. I think . . . if he has some healthy receivers, a healthy Sammy Watkins, some other guys who can play and give this guy a chance, . . .

“I know he prepares. He has got what it takes to play quarterback in that league.”

Of course, Ryan’s made bold predictions and staked himself to Taylor previously, and is now a television analyst. But it’s interesting that he’s happy about the Bills dealing with low expectations, since he spent so much time building them when he was coaching there.

23 responses to “Rex Ryan still thinks the Bills can be a playoff team

  1. This donut eating blow-hard. I think I’m going to wish he was still a coach (but not for my team) instead of being in the booth. Get ready, he’s gonna say a lot of polarizing and stupid things, folks. Consider the source.

  2. Give it up Rex. You were a horrible head coach. It’s going to take a while for the Bills to recover from you. Look at the Jets! They still haven’t!

  3. Rex thinks highly of Tyrod and thinks he is a winner. Forgot one thing Rex, he is also a coach killer.

    Tyrod is a winner that can’t throw over the middle or make quick decisions.

  4. This dude just doesnt quit. He used lapband surgery to get rid of fat when he is the coach of the most elite athletes with the most elite training facilities on this planet. Not sure why people ever gave him a voice. He’s a big dumb goomba. Only took this many years for most to realize. And his brother, both are riding daddies coattails. This isnt like the Manning family and their success. Them boys earned their keep.

  5. They’re better than a 4-win team, I agree. They’re more like a 6-win team. I like what Sean McDermott is building there but they’re early in the process.

  6. I agree with Rex that the Bills will not go 4-12.
    I disagree that they will be a playoff team this year.
    They have a tough schedule this year. In looking at their schedule, they are looking at 8-8.
    Their best opportunity was Rex’s first year, when the Bills had a great defense coming back ( Rex took care of that ) and an easy schedule. The Bills led the league in rushing and had a QB with a rating of 99 .Rex managed to blow some leads and lose games they should have won, even losing to Jacksonville. His “sophisticated defense” got shredded by Blake Bortles.

  7. Under the radar? Undersell?! Did Rex not follow the Bills’ offseason campaign to victory earlier this year on BSPN? Sean McDermott is “new and energetic, and more disciplined”, Tyrod Taylor is “better than you think”, they have “added more depth to a strong front 4”, and “now have quality on both sides of the ball”…

  8. He does have a good point. If the team is predicted to be a 4-12 team with the new coach than it is the GM’s fault. You can’t blame a new coach that hasn’t done anything yet.

  9. campaign to victory earlier this year on BSPN? Sean McDermott is “new and energetic, and more disciplined”, Tyrod Taylor is “better than you think”, they have “added more depth to a strong front 4”, and “now have quality on both sides of the ball”…

    Is that what that was, or was that a coach talkingbup his team. In fact the bills with Beane and McDermott are trying to win as quick as they can without sacrificing the future with a win at all cost attitude

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