Rex says the Bills are closing the gap with the Patriots

AP

Few teams have been as aggressive at the start of the league year as the Bills, who have added two big-time playmakers in LeSean McCoy and Percy Harvin, as well as a potential starting quarterback in Matt Cassel and starting fullback in Jerome Felton. The Patriots, meanwhile, haven’t made a lot of splashy moves and have lost some key players.

As a result, Bills coach Rex Ryan thinks Buffalo may be ready to overtake New England atop the AFC.

“I feel pretty good about what we’ve added,” Ryan told Toronto’s SportsNet 590, via ESPN.com. “I think the conference really got stronger. If anything, it currently doesn’t look – if you can say winners and losers in free agency – obviously New England had to cut quite a few players. So obviously they don’t look as strong as they did. I certainly hope they’re not. They just got through winning the Super Bowl. But I believe the rest of the division really has got stronger. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. I truly believe that we got stronger.”

The Patriots have lost some key players from their 2014 championship team: Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Vince Wilfork, Akeem Ayers and Shane Vereen are all gone. So it’s easy to see why Ryan thinks they’re not as strong as they used to be. And it’s also easy to see why Ryan thinks the Bills are stronger.

But have the Bills really caught up with the Patriots? That’s going to be hard to believe until we see it. The Patriots have been the NFL’s best franchise for the last 15 years, and the Bills haven’t made the playoffs in 15 years. The Bills may be closing the gap, but it’s a big gap to close.

164 responses to “Rex says the Bills are closing the gap with the Patriots

  1. To dethrone the king you must take the crown. We haven’t won anything in March Rex!!…..and as I recall they still have Brady.

  2. They have added some playmakers but still need a QB. Cassell isn’t the answer.

  3. In a sense, he’s right. The Bills have been improving over the past year. They don’t look like the two guaranteed victories they’ve been for the Patriots anymore. But that’s not to say that the two teams are even or close to it. Until the Bills find a quarterback or Brady retires, the gap will never quite be bridged.

    Go Bills!

  4. They still have to close the most important gap at QB. Maybe when they add a competent starter and/or Brady retires/gets cut by Belichick they can talk. Until then, have fun competing with Miami for second place.

  5. 12 of the last 14 AFC Super Bowl QBs:

    Brady
    Manning
    Roethlisberger

    It’s a QB league and the Jets and Bills don’t have one. Cassel threw 4 picks on the Patriots last year when the Patriots stunk.

    Miami is the only team with a chance if Tannehill takes a step forward. He’s been given a long enough chance that he might break through to the Flacco kind of level, but no guarantees.

  6. Football games are not won in March. We’ll see what teams are still playing in January and they can then be called “winners” of the off-season. Not until then.

  7. On paper they have better talent at almost every position. Too bad they’re facing a severe deficit at QB and HC.

  8. Rex will always have the lead in the category of stupid, preseason remarks. Can’t wait for his April Super Bowl prediction.

  9. Yes I agree. The Bills are just one Tom Brady and One Bill Belichick away from catching them.

  10. Poor Rex. Rexie is a good guy and a very good coach, but Belichick has obviously gotten inside the dude’s head. The Bills are still going to be starting a guy who was a Tom Brady backup. How has that worked for the Cleveland Browns and the Houston Texans the last couple of years?

  11. The Bills added some valuable pieces in free agency. Their offense should be adequate if Cassel manages the game competently. Their defense was already top tier. The Patriots lost valuable pieces during free agency.
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  12. The Pats fans are setting themselves up to fall.
    They better worry about the Jets and the Dolphins also.

    They are one player away from 2-14. Of course they will counter with how GREAT Mattt Cassel played in Brady’s absence, right?

  13. Im beginning to think the press is responsible for Rex being an NFL head coach, not any team owner. All he is good for is news fodder.

  14. No lie I kind of like Rex. Seems like a great drinking buddy. But holy crap bro……stop talking about NE! even if you really did close the gap, wouldn’t suit you better to not broadcast it. Stop entertaining all that

  15. He may be correct…..right now. But he just gave the Patriots a reason. tsk tsk Rexy.

  16. This article fails to mention that the Bills also LOST arguably their best defensive player, Alonso, in the McCoy trade. It wasn’t like they got him for free

  17. rex is right.. they are stronger.. the bills are a talented team.. they actually need a coach like rex… i think the bills will be in the playoffs as a wild card… rex is a coach players over achieve for..the first year the bills are gonna surprise people

  18. I’m a Bills fan, but last I knew, the Pats haven’t traded Brady or Bellacheat. As much as I hate the Pats, you still have to have respect for what they’ve done and you need to prove it on the field. GO BILLS!!!

  19. Rex is setting his team up for failure, once again. The Bills will pull off an upset and beat NE in one of the two reg. season games. He’ll get the Gatorade dump and the entire team will feel like they just won the SB.

    The problem is, it’s not the SB and they will fizzle out once again. Dude needs to stop focusing in on BB.

  20. Sounds like he is pointing out the obvious. The Bills, Phins and Jets all have added some quality big name players, while the Pats lost some.

  21. This is a good year for the Bills. Pathetic way the Patriots are shedding talent suggests to me they expect to be without Brady and Belichek for a big chunk of the season as the league finishes it’s tampering investigation. It will be like the Saints but unlike Bree’s, Brady will be culpable and sitting out for a bunch as well. No sense paying Revis, Browner, Wilfork, etc. if Belichek and Brady are not in the building.
    Go Bills!

  22. Rex is selling tickets in Buffalo now instead of NY/NJ.
    Rex must be wondering privately how the Patriots keep on winning the division.

    The Dolphins may have Matt Cassel on the run before he can get the ball to his talented receivers. If HC Joe Philbin does not get into a fight with his receivers again the Dolphins should be OK on offense also.

    The Jets just might not allow those talented receivers in Buffalo to get open. Moreover Rex still needs a QB.

    Keep on selling it Rex until game day.

  23. Rex is doing his best to stay relevant from his Siberian banishment. Hate the Pats, but Rex hasn’t faired so well against them, even when he should’ve.

  24. I’m not going to beat Rex up for being asinine and running his mouth of, he always does that and most people always laugh at him. The question is, why does he do it? I don’t think he is stupid enough not to realize that it gains him nothing. I think it some type of psychological issue “I’m here! I’m Rex! Pay attention to me, I matter”! Rex isn’t still a head coach because he has proven he can be a good one, he is because the team sees an entertainment value, he helps sell tickets. So I’m guessing the team knows what comes out of his mouth doesn’t help the team win and maybe even hurts them and they don’t care, that’s not the reason they hired Rex

  25. Oh brother, does he really believe the stuff he says? Meanwhile, Bill is shining all his 4 super bowl rings and laughing at Rex again.

  26. Congratulations Rex ……..another March super bowl for you….they should call the winner of the March Super Bowls the Ryan trophy since you have won so many ….

  27. Oh the pompous bigmouth is at it. Didn’t learn his lesson in New York I guess. Over under on the number of days until he claims the Bills will win the SB must be about 10.

  28. I see Mr. Bluster is back after being on hiatus for a year.

    He is right though. The gap was two miles before, now they closed it to one mile.

    Only in Rex’s world world is closing the gap an accomplishment. He can have the best defense in the NFL (see Seattle SB), but unless you can consistently score points in an offense dominated NFL, you will not win. Hell, the Seahawks had arguably the best defense in the league last year, but they still scored 24 pts a game on offense.

  29. It’s interesting to note that Ryan (at least not from the quotes in this article) NEVER said anything like the title implies. He simply said that it looked like the division got stronger and based on personnel loss the Pats LOOKED like they lost some things.

  30. I really wish he said nothing regarding Free Agency and how they got better. Nice picks ups yes, but they didn’t really get much O-Line help with exception of Richie (maybe a good pick-up, but time will tell. Guess that holds true to all Free-Agents) AND STILL have no QB.
    He is right about one thing, I do think the division got stronger.

  31. Ryan is a windbag — just like his father and brother.

    He made lots of noise when the Jets first brought him in about not being there to kiss Bill Belichick’s rings.
    Well, how’d that work out Rex??

    The Patriots are still the best team in that division by a wide margin.
    The Bills don’t have a QB, the Jets don’t have a QB, and the Dolphins have one, but he’s not even close to being a top QB.

    Need I remind Rex the Pats still have Tom Brady? And they still have Belichick, who’s so much better than Ryan as a HC they’re not even on the same planet.

    The Bills were 4 and 0 outside their conference this past year, which helped them to their 9 and 7 record. This year, they have games against Dallas, the Giants, Philly, and Washington, so they might go 1 and 3 in those games this year.

    I admit, I can’t stand Rex Ryan. He’s an arrogant braggart and has done nothing as a HC in the NFL, except run his big mouth.
    I wanted him to lose every game with the Jets. Now he’s with the Bills and I’m hoping they lose every game.
    The best thing for me would be seeing the Jets beat him twice. That would be the icing on the cake!

  32. Is there really a meaningful difference between having McCoy/Harvin vs Spiller/Jackson? Seems more like some splashy moves which will equate to more or less the same production.

    And any reasonable person would have to conclude that the move from Orton to Cassell is a significant decline.

    Finally, add in Rex’s historc inability to develop a QB and I don’t see EJ Manuel getting better next year.

  33. He’s not lying. The Pats defense has taken a step back, just like any defense that loses the best corner in the NFL.

    However, if Matt Cassell was the answer, I’m pretty sure the Patriots would have tried to figure out a way to stash him for post-Brady. Since they didn’t, and based on previous work, he’s not.

    And like that other guy said with the telling list of AFC QB SB contenders, well, without at least an above average starting QB, you’re not going to the final game anymore.

    Even if you have an electric RB and a couple WRs.

    I think the Bills might win in Buffalo this year (especially if it’s early in the season), but I don’t see the Pats losing the AFCE yet.

  34. Maybe the others have got closer only because the Patriots have had to unload very good players and the others have on paper strengthend but you get the feeling the Patriots have things under control. Reality is though New England were that far ahead a lot of improvement is required and they need to come back to us. End of season records are misleading in terms of how many games back because they had things settled before then. Belicheck will always see the big picture and suffocate the meek.

  35. Sorry Rex without a QB you’re not closing any gaps.

    One thing for sure this dude is a perfect PR guy.

  36. “I feel pretty good about what we’ve added,” Ryan told Toronto’s SportsNet 590, via ESPN.com. “I think the conference really got stronger. If anything, it currently doesn’t look – if you can say winners and losers in free agency – obviously New England had to cut quite a few players. So obviously they don’t look as strong as they did. I certainly hope they’re not. They just got through winning the Super Bowl. But I believe the rest of the division really has got stronger. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. I truly believe that we got stronger.”

  37. These teams SHOULD be “closing the gap”. They all got to draft players 15-20 spots higher in every round for the last 15 years. Plus they all usually have more cap space. The fact that the Pats have been so dominant in the division, is just because the Pats are run better.

    Also, the AFCE has been a lot better than its been perceived. AFCE teams have done pretty well against all teams not from NE. That’s another one of the great myths the haters use to diminish what the Pats have done.

    So the Jets, Phins, and Bills have all made big splashes in FA, while the Pats have lost 4 key players from their superbowl run. (Revis, Browner, Vereen, Wilfolk). It doesn’t take a genius to figure that the division got closer.

    However I would caution the haters to remember that the Pats are run on the concept that the object is to build a TEAM, not collect talent. And that there are 5 months for the Pats to continue on that process. Besides it would be refreshing to be an underdog for a change.

  38. Buffalo has the worse qb tandem in the NFL….they have a running back they will run into the ground by week 8….it’s ok they always fires in tonawanda, Lackawanna and cheekdawaga

  39. Don’t have a horse in this race, but Rex talks all the time, and Belicheck rarely talks at all. One is a football coach and the other is a carnival barker, it’s been evident for years now…

  40. I’m a Pats fan and I maybe I am reading a different quote than you guys cause I don’t see where Rex was running his mouth this time. The Pats lost some good players and the Bills have the best defensive coach in the NFL in Rex Ryan leading an outstanding defense, add in some weapons on offense and yes, the Bills have been closing the gap. And I’ll be honest, I like it, the jets are awful now so it’s nice that the Bills are stepping up, those are gonna be great games to watch. Other than Jets, AFC East is tough, pats, bills, and dolphins (depending on Tannehill) could all make playoffs

  41. Rexy SAYS a lot of things. As a certain 4 time Super Bowl champion, 3 time Super Bowl MVP, first ballot lock for Hall of Fame, has told us “well done is better than well said”

  42. The problem he is forgetting about is QB . What do all of the AFC Division champs have in common? Great QBs….. if they think that Cassel or Tyrod Taylor are the answer…. go ahead and live on that prayer. We saw how Rex handled his last 3 qb shuffle.

  43. The Pats have really taken some hits in FA. Revis and Browner in particular. Both were mega-important to the Pats D. Even if Malcom Butler develops (and how can he be put in the same stratosphere as Revis), they still don’t have that big corner like Browner who can defend against tall receivers and tight ends. Browner was underrated and critical in that aspect. We saw how that tall rookie receiver from Seattle dominate smurfs Arrrington and Ryan in the SB, until Browner moved over to cover him and we heard from him no more. The Pats have had the worst off-season of any NFL team, probably. Their defense was decimited.

  44. as long as the Pats have Brady they are going to be top dog in the division. That being said, the rest of the division has definitely closed the gap talent wise on the champs. Miami and Buffalo both split with the Pats last year and have only improved. Once Brady hangs it up, Belichik will do the same, then the Patriots will have their turn in the AFC East cellar. As a ‘Fins fan who married into a Bills family, I look forward to more meaningful late season games between Buffalo and Miami

  45. Here we go again, Rex cannot shut up it’s hopeless. We hear this every year, and it’s boring.
    Just show up and play, then see what happens.
    You may have closed the gap, but your QB still sucks. Wait until Suh gets out there, and he will be running for his life.

  46. Rex was playing with a college level team against the pats for the last several years and kept just about every game close. Now he has probably the best defense in football and big time play makers on offense.

    Can easily see some a big swing atop the division and some very lean years in New England coming.

  47. It may be wise to remember that 2 years ago the Pats made the conference championship game without Revis, Browner, Ayers or the injured Wilfork.

  48. not so fat rex knows deep in his heart the gap will truly be closed when tom brady retires and belichick moves on to coach the ny giants after tom coughlin leaves . until then it’s all hype and cheap talk .

  49. This is the same crap he talked when he became coach of the Jets. He’ll run a promising team into the ground within four years.

  50. Oh my god, shut up fatso. This fool should get a “No Talk Clause” until the team wins at least 8 games during a season

  51. Dubs. Bills beat Pats jv’s in week 17 to finish 9-7. Wouldn’t call that a split. We both know if Pats needed game they win it. So the gap is five games. Bills and Dolphins haven’t made that up and the Jets, I’m laughing too hard.

  52. templesweeper says:
    Mar 15, 2015 7:48 AM
    This article fails to mention that the Bills also LOST arguably their best defensive player, Alonso, in the McCoy trade. It wasn’t like they got him for free.
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    The reason it was so easy to peel away from Alonso was because he didn’t play a down last year and the Bills D was one of the best without him.

  53. Rex needs therapy very badly. He has some sort of obsessive disorder. His fixation on the Patriots is well over the top of normalcy. Remember the definition of INSANITY is continuing to do the same thing but expecting to get different results.
    Ryan fits that every time he starts these rants.

  54. It’s not a given that the Bills defense will be as good as they were last year. Both Williams are now 30 or older. It’s a new scheme. They lost a pass rusher. And they lost Alonzo who was their best lb even though he didn’t play much last year. It’s hard to replicate year after year great performances. That’s why there’s so much parity in the league. That said Rex is a great defensive coach who will motivate his players. The games will be good, but the lack of a decent qb will hurt the bills. Cassell is not good. Saw him play 2 games last year, won’t throw the ball more than 5-6 yards downfield. When he does, the ball has no zip and is easy to make a play on.

  55. That would be great if the Jets and Fins weren’t also getting better. All these teams will be knocking each other off next year, leaving the Pats to squeak by with another division title.

  56. Meanwhile Peyton manning is out wasting away his last year pointlessly playing for Denver. Too bad really.

  57. RR is sooo funny, he used to say the same thing about the Jets and he’d actually seen them play. I guess we’re just lucky he didn’t get a commentary job because then I’d almost have to listen to him all the time.

  58. This reminds me of the first few years he had at the jets when he signed a bunch of free agents. While he built up a string team that made 2 AFC Conf games, they fell short, got ravaged by salary cap , and fell into abyss. We’ll see how good his bills team is soon but how long they stay there is the real question.

  59. The end result may not be any different but Rex isn’t wrong. New England lost Vereen, Wilfork, Revis, etc.

    Bills picked up LeSean McCoy, Harvin, re-signed Hughes, about to land Charles Clay.

    I stress it’s only on paper, but the Bills, who were already 9-7 last year with the 4th ranked defense, look better. Throw in possibly the best defensive mind in the league and you start to wonder if this might be nearing the end for the Bellichick/Brady era.

  60. Add all the pieces you need Ryan, you will always be two short, Brady and Bilichik..

  61. I find it hard to believe that fully 2/3 of the head coaches & GM’s (and fans) out there still haven’t figured out that you don’t win because your top 22 are better than the other guys top 22. Clearly, it’s players 23 to 53 and coaching that gets you to and through the playoffs. Of course a franchise QB and a little bit of luck are requisite. But it takes so much more.

  62. Belichick, Brady, and Kraft have such a high positive arbitrage to their counterparts at the Bills, Jets, and Dolphins that it is virtually impossible to close the gap. So, closing the gap is the wrong phrase because the gap is not closing, just getting a little more narrow and competitive.

  63. Has any coach, in any sport, had a bigger fetish for a competitor than Rex has for Belichick and the Patriots.

    He is literally obsessed with them.

  64. This will either be a blessing for the Bills, or this offseason could be very detrimental to the team. If they finally make the playoffs for the first time since 1999, it will be seen as a successful season, but if they miss the playoffs again, it would be an embarrassment to the fans and the organization.

  65. Here’s my issue with Rex. I think he’s a very good coach. But he plays too much to the fans, often saying and sometimes doing things that they want. His statement is skewed in that the off season is by no way over. So to declare that the gap has been closed before it is over is at the least premature.
    He needs to focus more on the team he’s coaching and less on what the Patriots are doing or even not doing.

  66. bvolke says:
    Mar 15, 2015 9:54 AM
    ….Throw in possibly the best defensive mind in the league and you start to wonder if this might be nearing the end for the Belichick/Brady era.

    The Pats have been Super Bowl relevant for most of the 21st century, with Belichick and Brady the primary reasons for that relevance. So we can probably all agree that after the many seasons of Belichick/Brady SB relevance we are closer to the end than the beginning of the Belichick/Brady era.

    It seems unlikely that last season was the actual end, even though most of the media had the Pats written off at 2-2 last season, but there are NFL surprises every year.

  67. This is the same crap he talked when he became coach of the Jets. He’ll run a promising team into the ground within four years.
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    Rex took the jets to 2 straight Afc championship games when he first ran his mouth and had a few blue chip players.

  68. you patriot lovers have got to realize that brady is only as good as his team behind him. he lost a lot of good players. he is only a so so quarterback without the players behind him. go bills.

  69. you patriot lovers have got to realize that brady is only as good as his team behind him. he lost a lot of good players. he is only a so so quarterback without the players behind him. go bills.”

    Hey, Jim Kelly was over rated as all heck. Never won the big one, even with a HOF RB, HOF WR, and a stout defense. Threw a lot of bad interceptions.

    Sounds kind of dumb, huh? Just like your comment.

  70. I just don’t see where he is running his mouth. You guys are blasting him for nothing. He answered a question honestly. No where did he say the Bills are better than the Patriots and are going to win the Super Bowl. He just said he thinks the Bills are better with the pickups they made than they were last year and he hopes they closed the gap on the Patriots. What is wrong with that? He was honest and I believe they have closed the gap.

  71. Just because you win the free agency that doesn’t mean you’re gonna win in December. What Rex and a lot of other coaches in the league don’t seem to understand (which BB clearly does) is that you don’t need to splurge on every single top FA you can get. You need a balanced team of FAs and young talent. But most importantly you need team chemistry. If your top FAs are only there to get their paychecks then chances are they aren’t gonna be the players you thought they were.

  72. Rex haven’t we heard this before, you were a blowhard then as you are now. Rex you need a QB before you are even mentioned on the same paragraph with the pats, and then you need to.outcoach the best coach if all time, sorry Rex better luck with your next team…Pats Forever
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  73. The AFC East is no longer going to be a “cake walk” for the Patriots like it was in 2014: Split with the Dolphins. Split with the Bills, though I’ll recognized that last game of the season didn’t mean ish against the Bills. Thanks to a couple blocked field goals, the Patriots swept the Jets in 2014 by a combined 3 points. Truth is the Jets, Dolphins, and Bills got significantly better this off-season, while the Patriots were weakened by free agency departures/defections. Reality is the gap has closed for the Patriots not just against the AFC East, but the entire NFL. I’m not trying to be rude either. Do I respect the Patriots and what they’ve done? Of course I do. With that said, the Patriots will be LUCKY if they go 3-3 vs. the AFC East in 2015. That means they’ll have to go 7-3 versus the rest of their schedule to produce 10 wins. The rest of the Patriots schedule includes 6 tough games @ Colts, @ Broncos, @ Giants, @ Cowboys, vs Eagles, vs Steelers. If the Patriots don’t split those 6 games I just mentioned, they won’t win 10 games next season. Bottom line…Change is coming, and I surmise Kraft is already bracing for it. As a Jets fan, I’m hopeful the Patriots try to hold on too long, thus delaying their rebuild. I want to see them chug out a few 7 to 9 win seasons which won’t allow them to pick high in the draft.

  74. “He (Brady) is only a so so quarterback without the players behind him.”

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    Maybe the single dumbest thing I’ve ever read–and I’ve read a lot of horsebleep.

    I actually think Rex used a bit of restraint in his comments and wasn’t reverting back to predicting Super Bowls like he used to with the Jets. I think he’s learned the hard way to be more measured when interviewed. He and the Bills will be a tough matchup this year, but no one goes to the promised land with Matt Cassel behind center.

  75. Well in all fairness to Rex, I don’t think the gap could have gotten any wider, so I guess he is correct in some poor pathetic way….

  76. dfarnham75stomper says:
    Mar 15, 2015 11:05 AM
    you patriot lovers have got to realize that brady is only as good as his team behind him. he lost a lot of good players. he is only a so so quarterback without the players behind him. go bills.
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    Says the guy who has no clue. It is abundantly clear that Brady makes the players on offense better. Proven in that every guy who left never reached the level of play they had with NE. Also saying Brady is a so so QB just shows complete ignorance to facts. I understand why a hater of all things Pats would make such a ludicrous statement but let’s be real. All it was was an opinion. Certainly not based in fact but from pure jealousy.

  77. I was hoping that with Rex away from the NY media and hidden up-state in Buffalo that we wouldn’t hear as much of his blubbering but , alas, it continues. He still holds the record for most pre-season SB wins.

  78. Funny. Drove the Jets in the ground and some how he’s pompous enough to say they are competing with the SB champs?

    How about close the gap with the rest of the AFC East – namely the Fins, Jets who I would rank well above the Bills at this point.

  79. Love all the Bills haters that forget the Bills are vegas favorites to win the Super Bowl this year…
    Don’t bother checking cuz they haven’t updated the odds yet but any minute you’ll see…Just ask Rex

  80. Brady GOAT. There is no gap between the Patriots Superbowl wins and the Bills Superbowl wins. It a canyon, a Grand Canyon. Good luck closing that gap Bills. You better lower your expectations and just start trying to close the gap between Rexs lips.

  81. He’s measuring free agency moves like he’s counting draft board value points. You can’t do that with the Patriots. They get production out of guys like Jonas Gray.

  82. Ryan is a gas bag who opens hig big mouth too much. He needs to shut up with all of the hype and let the talking be done on the football field. Talk is cheap and as we all know….all the Ryans known how to do is talk, talk, talk, and talk some more. Its time for Ryan to put up or shut up.

  83. So no where in the quotes that are provided does it say that Rex Ryan thinks the Bils closed the gap. He clearly is stating that he thinks the entire division got better, while the Patriots may have lost a step. While I know games aren’t won in march, it sounds pretty accurate to me.

  84. As usual, the rest of the league will be “surprised” when depth guys on the Patriots start playing well and become more well-known names than the FA’s that everyone is overpaying for now underacheive somewhere else. It’s as if no one has ever seen this movie before…

  85. exjock says:Mar 15, 2015 12:27 PM

    Funny. Drove the Jets in the ground and some how he’s pompous enough to say they are competing with the SB champs?

    How about close the gap with the rest of the AFC East – namely the Fins, Jets who I would rank well above the Bills at this point.
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    So by whatever logic you use two teams that have gone 2-4 over the last 2 years are well above the Bills? While they have improved they are far from “well above if above at all.

  86. The Boy I Love Losing Superbowls (Bills) fans are the worst! They’re the only fan base who have never won anything that talk like every year is their year!

  87. They were closing the gap with Marrone, but without a QB nobody in that division catches the Patriots until Brady retires.

  88. And when Brady retires the whole thing collapses. I’d bet $1000 Belicheat retires either before Brady or at the same time. He’s no “genius” but he ain’t no dummy.

  89. Sure they are we lost both are starting cb’s.
    Still a long ways to final rosters, lets see how the pats manage the secondary issues.
    if kyle arrington is a starter i will not be optimistic about another SB.
    Either way should be a really fun season.

  90. BB builds his team with players; Rex etc build their teams around big players. Le Sean, Percy Harvin, Suh, Revis, etc. Malcolm Butler a nobody won the Pats the SB. Contrary to what most think that the Pats won the SB by luck because this kid intercepted the ball, this kid knew what to do because he was prepared and coached by BB. Rex will be Rex and BB will be BB. There’s no closing that gap.

  91. Wow–Rindell just cemented it. Brady must be the GOAT if Belichick had that little to do with the last 15 years of success.

  92. Trivia time!
    What is the only team in NFL history that has the reputation of being cheaters, and has their championships rejected by the public?

    Answer:
    The NE Patriots

  93. Every NE championship has an accusation of cheating around it… every single one. I’d be jealous of their success if it was legitimately earned.

    I am not jealous.

  94. This is perfect! Nobody’s talking about the Jets for once and they are much improved. It’s quite refreshing to have a head coach that isn’t speaking to the media every other day. The draft can’t come soon enough.

  95. Rex Ryan tried to build a team and forgot that the most important part is a decent quarterback. He needs to work on the gap between his ears.

  96. If I were Rex I would go to another division or even another conference so I might get away without playing the Patriots in the playoffs. He has been so successful up to now coaching against them.

  97. Bills fans must feel great hearing that from the guy who said the Jets would be far from an embarrassment by the end of the season

  98. tavisteelersfan says:
    Mar 15, 2015 8:03 AM
    This is a good year for the Bills. Pathetic way the Patriots are shedding talent suggests to me they expect to be without Brady and Belichek for a big chunk of the season as the league finishes it’s tampering investigation. It will be like the Saints but unlike Bree’s, Brady will be culpable and sitting out for a bunch as well. No sense paying Revis, Browner, Wilfork, etc. if Belichek and Brady are not in the building.
    Go Bills!

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    This is classic. It has been judged “a good year for the Bills” and training camp hasn’t even started yet. The team you are chasing just hoisted another Lombardi Trophy. THAT, was a good season. Learn the difference.

  99. whitetrash69 says:
    Mar 15, 2015 1:54 PM
    Trivia time!
    What is the only team in NFL history that has the reputation of being cheaters, and has their championships rejected by the public?
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    It is very sad how little PFT commentors know about the history of the NFL.

  100. Sorry. Us superior fans of the World Champion Patriots ain’t buyin what y’all are selling. Not until I see it on the field.

    Just ask the Broncos how their dream team worked out last year.

  101. ” . . . you start to wonder if this might be nearing the end for the Bellichick (sic)/Brady era.”

    Last time someone said that it was week four of the 2014 season. In reality, the Patriots won the Super Bowl.

  102. He’s toeing the line..
    Foot in mouth…
    One foot in front of the other…
    -Welker

  103. Bills fans don’t wan to hear it but Rex’s system does no work.

    In 2014, his team gave up the most points per yard gained on defense and scored the fewest points per yard gained on offense. That’s just a fact.

    The Patriots do the exact opposite, they score more points on offense and give up less points on defense per yard gained.

  104. Tee-hee-hee. No one ever expected “sexy” Rex to stay away from the AFC East lol You just keep right on chasing Belichick and that soon-to-be fifth (5th) SB ring that he and Tom Brady are chasing to be the new G.O.A.T.s… of all time lol

  105. Pats fans told us Cassel was gold when Brady got hurt. This year the Bills, with a ferocious pass rush when only using the 4 front men will have the best hidden blitz packages in the league. Brady will be overwhelmed. He’s had at least 2 games against the Bills that were his worst ever. He threw 4 picks on opening day in 03 and 2 years ago he threw 5, including a TD for the D in both. Buffalo won both games. No one ever gets much pressure on Brady, and that is the key to beating NE, See: NYG in the SB. It’s a new dawn. Brady will get crushed.

  106. With all these comments you would think the Bills or Jets have won anything in the last 65 years. Yea 55 years!! I’ll take you losers seriously when you actually do something worth noting. Cant wait for Brady to do what he did to the Lions last year all through the “Daunting AFC EAST”

  107. The worst acquisition that the Bills have made in this off season is Rex Ryan! Blowhard prognosticator. How long will it take him to predict Super Bowls again? Mark my words he will be run out of town faster than a Maalox Meatloaf!

  108. goingthextramile says:
    Mar 15, 2015 11:46 AM

    The AFC East is no longer going to be a “cake walk” for the Patriots like it was in 2014: Split with the Dolphins. Split with the Bills, though I’ll recognized that last game of the season didn’t mean ish against the Bills. Thanks to a couple blocked field goals, the Patriots swept the Jets in 2014 by a combined 3 points. Truth is the Jets, Dolphins, and Bills got significantly better this off-season, while the Patriots were weakened by free agency departures/defections. Reality is the gap has closed for the Patriots not just against the AFC East, but the entire NFL. I’m not trying to be rude either. Do I respect the Patriots and what they’ve done? Of course I do. With that said, the Patriots will be LUCKY if they go 3-3 vs. the AFC East in 2015. That means they’ll have to go 7-3 versus the rest of their schedule to produce 10 wins. The rest of the Patriots schedule includes 6 tough games @ Colts, @ Broncos, @ Giants, @ Cowboys, vs Eagles, vs Steelers. If the Patriots don’t split those 6 games I just mentioned, they won’t win 10 games next season. Bottom line…Change is coming, and I surmise Kraft is already bracing for it. As a Jets fan, I’m hopeful the Patriots try to hold on too long, thus delaying their rebuild. I want to see them chug out a few 7 to 9 win seasons which won’t allow them to pick high in the draft.
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    You must have been sleeping and missed it. The Patriots were the youngest ever to win a Super Bowl with an average age of 25.2 The rebuild is already done. Hate to burst your bubble.

  109. Love the moves being made by the Bills! The gap is definitely closing. Can’t wait to see what this team brings to the table for this beautiful city. #buffalove #billsmafia

  110. I love the Bills and always will, fact is Tom Brady and co have dominated this division for a long time. Mad respect for the Patriots and what they have been able to accomplish. Everybody likes to give credit to Tom Brady . The only way they win ANY super bowls was by changing that unmanly logo , thus appeasing the football gods, who in turn blessed them with Saint Tom !

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