Rex Ryan: Chris Hogan was the one player I didn’t want to lose

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Rex Ryan was fired as the Bills’ head coach last season, while the Patriots won another Super Bowl. One of the key contributors in New England was former Bills receiver Chris Hogan. And Ryan hated to see that.

Ryan, now with ESPN, told his colleague Adam Schefter that he was beside himself when the Bills didn’t keep Hogan in free agency, and he signed with the Patriots instead.

“This one drives me crazy because that was the one player I definitely did not want to lose when I was at Buffalo,” Ryan said, via PatsPulpit.com. “Not only was he really our best receiver that year, remember, he was third, I think, in the league in yards per reception, he averaged over 17 yards a catch, so that was impressive, but he was also our best special teams player. This kid’s a great football player, a great competitor, and a great athlete. You know, obviously, he was a multi-sport athlete in college and you don’t want to lose these guys.”

Ryan said he assumed then-Bills General Manager Doug Whaley would put a second-round tender on Hogan as a restricted free agent, which would have meant any team signing Hogan to an offer sheet would have had to send the Bills a second-round draft pick. The Bills didn’t do that, and didn’t match the three-year, $12 million offer the Patriots made Hogan. Ryan said that move is a perfect example of how Patriots coach and G.M. Bill Belichick outsmarts the rest of the league.

“Let’s just say I wasn’t real happy,” Ryan said. “You know at first, here’s what happened, this is how uninformed I was at that time. I’m thinking, okay, well we get a second round pick. So I was disappointed, but I’m like, anyway we’ll get a second round pick so that’s pretty cool. No, the tender wasn’t high enough. So that’s when I left the office, was not happy. Let’s just put it that way. Then the fact that you gotta go against the guy. That was, but that’s it. That’s what [Belichick] does. He’ll make a team worse and make his own team better. That’s his brilliant — that’s a guy who runs a whole show, he runs the entire program, whether it’s the draft, and with the draft, trades, free agents, whatever, and obviously the guy knows football better than anybody out there and that’s why I think he takes advantage of running his own show.”

If Ryan were running the show, Hogan never would have left Buffalo.

54 responses to “Rex Ryan: Chris Hogan was the one player I didn’t want to lose

  1. Rex didn’t even know what tender level Hogan was tagged at? Really? How’s that for admitting your own incompetence, all while trying to blame someone else…..

  2. how does the head coach not know what they’ve tendered a restricted free agent at? If he wasn’t informed or asked for his input on Hogan’s value, wouldn’t Rex feel the need to provide that input?

  3. Outsmart? I say more on Whaley for not doing his work. Sadly Buffalo hasn’t had a decent GM since Butler. Let’s hope Beane turns out.

  4. …and if he had Jameis Winston in Buffalo he’d still have a coaching job (according to Rex on Hard Knocks).

    This clown is always full of what-ifs, should-have-beens, and could-have-beerns.

  5. I call BS on Rex Ryan. Look at Hogan’s 3rd season stats under Rex: 36 catches and only 450 yds and 2 TDs. If Rex loved him so much, he sure didn’t know how to use him properly.

    This is just another “blame everyone else but myself” egomaniac talking.

  6. This loud-mouthed coaching turd was always a lousy judge of talent and his 20/20 hindsight has zero relevance and credibility. Glad he’s no longer a coach, but not surprised he kissed himself into a TV gig.

  7. Even Ryan realized that Belichick was running circles around his entire organization ..Rex is so in awe of Bill it’s ridiculous ..no way you can beat a guy when you just feel lucky to be able to share the same field with him.

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    Whenever a competitor (especially one from the AFC East) performs well against the Patriots, he’s on Belichick’s radar. Hogan had a 6/95 game versus the Pats in 2016 and was open the entire day.

    Regardless, Whaley made it foolish tender decision with Hogan. Buffalo only received a fifth rounder as compensation. Had he put a second round tender on him, it’s questionable whether the Patriots would have pursued him at all.
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  9. More to the point, Bills under McDermott subsequently seemed to sneak from a tweaking mode to a remodeling mode and then just this past month into a full-blown “hell, just tear it down and get picks for next year” mode! And I don’t think you can put all the blame for that on Ryan, not when you leave the rebuild that late. And what was Ryan’s .500 team is in danger of beating the Jets’ uber-demolition mode into the AFCE basement.

  10. One of the earliest lessons I learned when running my own company was never “assume” anything. In fact I banned that word from being used in my business. Ryan grew up in football family and still uses the word “assume” which pretty much sums up up his failures. Its an excuse and a way of not taking ownership for losing a key player. Praising BB because he has total control while he doesn’t is just another form of deflecting blame to others. BB has control because he was successful and never made excuses. Ryan on the hand is an unemployed braggart and buffoon.

  11. To be clear, Hogan averaged 18 yards per reception with New England and Tom Brady, but wasn’t that productive in the Buffalo offense as run by Ryan, where he averaged 11 yards per catch. To be fair, Hogan may have not have been a good fit in Buffalo with Taylor as QB who can’t hit runners in stride on the long ball as Brady does. Let’s just call BS on Rex on this one. This is up there with all of the BS Bill Polian claims about whom he would have drafted when.

  12. Ryan said, via PatsPulpit.com. “Not only was he really our best receiver that year, remember, he was third, I think, in the league in yards per reception, he averaged over 17 yards a catch, so that was impressive, but he was also our best special teams player.”
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    Sorry Rex, but no. Under you in Buffalo, he averaged only 12.5 yds per catch. It was after when he got to NE he averaged over 17 yds. Nice try.

    And your best receiver that year? How come Watkins got 96 targets, over 1,000 yards, 17.5 average and 9 TDs??? Even Robert Woods got more receptions, yards and TDs than you gave Hogan.

  13. Footballfanz says:
    September 7, 2017 at 7:33 am
    The guy who got a Sanchez tattoo is giving personnel advice????

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    What a deluded man he is.

  14. Just confirms that one of Belichick’s best skills is evaluating talent. Hogan was a nice player but still a relative nobody in Buffalo but with Brady at QB, he becomes a star. Just kiss the rings – there’s a lot more to come.

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    Correction : The Bills received no compensation for Hogan They received the Patriots fifth rounder when they botched the Gillislie tender.
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  16. “I call BS on Rex Ryan. Look at Hogan’s 3rd season stats ”

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    Yeah, but look at who was throwing him the ball…

  17. All Buffalo fans were genuinely furious when we didn’t resign Hogan, his nickname is 7/11 ffs! I don’t feel Rex actually thought that at the time, if Hogan didn’t end up with the Patriots he wouldn’t be saying this.

  18. Sure, sure he did. It’s funny how Ryan is an expert on identifying what should have been done by someone else after the fact, but utterly failed at every decision he had to make in real time.

  19. Rex actually revealed something in that statement. He is actually a pretty great DC, but he needs a GM that understands what kind of players work well under his kind of leadership and he needs a HC that is an authoritarian so he can play the players friend card and still have a no nonsense guy that the players don’t want to mess with.

  20. walker1191 says:
    September 7, 2017 at 9:26 am
    Sure, sure he did. It’s funny how Ryan is an expert on identifying what should have been done by someone else after the fact…
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    It’s always worked for Bill Polian

  21. Glad Rex is gone, and really glad Whaley is gone, but this story speaks to the lack of communication between HC and GM. It sort of underscores the fact that the Bills had two idiots trying to run the show at the same time. And lets not forget the owner who allowed it to happen. Idiocy.

  22. Rex is an excellent coach, he just never had a really good quarterback. He exceeded expectations with an offense predicated on ground-and-pound sans an above average quarterback.

  23. I have a beard and say dude a lot says:
    September 7, 2017 at 7:05 am
    Best coach in Bills history and they fired him, clown organization, Rex has never been wrong after the fact, it’s never been his fault, he’s a winner

    So Marv Levy bringing them to 4 SBs doesn’t count? What exactly did Rex win besides one playoff game against NE? Rex’s incompetence was on display for all to see. Not sure how that was missed.

  24. I have always been a big Rex fan . I will enjoy listening to his commentary. Rex will always have that victory over the Pats in the Divisional Round. The Jets outplayed and out coached the Pats that day.

  25. The Jets outplayed and out coached the Pats that day.
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    Yes, they did to my bitter disappointment. But the Great Bill Belichick, by far the Greatest Coach and GM of All Time, would be the first to agree and restate how competitive and tough it is to win any game, even with no contest, the Greatest QB of All Time. That’s why all this 19 and 0 business you see is nothing but media bs to set up weeks of kvetching when the Pats take their first loss or even a close win. 12 and 4 with home field and a healthy roster for the playoffs would be a GREAT season.

  26. While Rex was concerned with losing a depth receiver, maybe he should have more concerned with the way he turned a top 5 defense into a laughing stock. Why does anyone care what Rex thinks?

  27. Whenever a competitor (especially one from the AFC East) performs well against the Patriots, he’s on Belichick’s radar. Hogan had a 6/95 game versus the Pats in 2016 and was open the entire day.

    Regardless, Whaley made it foolish tender decision with Hogan. Buffalo only received a fifth rounder as compensation. Had he put a second round tender on him, it’s questionable whether the Patriots would have pursued him at all.

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    Yeah, but then the Bills would be paying Hogan the amount of a second round tender for nothing. Hogan is a fine player, but he’s nothing special. He’s playing with Tom Brady (and still only caught 38 passes last year). If he was on the Bills he’d still be catching 36-41 passes, as he has all three seasons he’s had significant playing time.

    Rarely has such a big deal been made about such an average player, but he’s Belichick’s average player so people lose their minds.

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