Rex Ryan regrets his playoff guarantee

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Nearly a year ago, Rex Ryan arrived as the head coach of the Bills, and he instantly guaranteed an end to the team’s long playoff drought.

The run of futility continues, and on Monday the head coach expressed regret regarding his decision to make a guarantee on which his team failed to deliver.

“We just didn’t produce the wins I thought we would,” Ryan told WGR 550 radio in Buffalo, via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. “The thing that kind of gives this team a black eye when we’re looking at it, is that I let my mouth get ahead of everything. And I think if I would have come in there and just said, ‘Hey, we’re gonna compete’ and do all that stuff, maybe we wouldn’t have such a bad feeling about this team.”

PFT recently brought back some of the comments from Ryan’s introductory press conference, which created expectations that the team was unable to satisfy.

“I know it’s been 15 years since the Bills made the playoffs,” Ryan said. “Well get ready, man, we’re going. We are going. . . . My message to our team is to get ready. Start preparing now. Start preparing that we’re going to be playing games in January.”

He also called the team’s defensive performance in 2014 (fourth overall) “disappointing,” and he vowed that the Bills would have the best defense in the league.

He was wrong on both counts, and he has proven once again the importance of managing expectations.

The next question becomes whether Ryan will simply say, “Hey, we’re gonna compete” when it’s time to start talking about 2016 — or whether he’ll once again yield to the temptation to grab a bat and point to the fence before inevitably hitting a popup that barely clears the infield.

93 responses to “Rex Ryan regrets his playoff guarantee

  1. Just as said numerous times, the smartest thing the Jets ever did was dump Wrecks.

    His family has absolutely no success being head coaches in the NFL. They’re below .500 where they belong.

    Wrecks still trying to ride that ” ’85 Bears” train, since that’s all they have.

    Bills fans thought they were running the tables this year. SMH.

  2. Of course he regrets it. The only reason he keeps making these claims is because he got lucky in 2009 and came damn close to the Super Bowl when the Colts quit in Week 16 and let him in. That led to more proclamations in 2010 and every year since (except maybe one year with the Jets)

  3. Rex will never learn, although I’m impressed with his latest comments. He’s a classic bully and when things are going well…he, and his teams, seem unstoppable. However, every time he gets punched in the mouth and he faces adversity his team folds. Fragile bravado and confidence. Wins plenty of battles…never wins war…

  4. Don’t worry, Rex. No one took you seriously. Since you have made the same prediction every year with teams both better and worse than the current one and not much has come of it.

  5. He isn’t head coach material. He and his brother has fooled many GM’s around the league until they hire them and soon shows their mouths are their biggest problem.

  6. Action speaks more than words, Rex. But for you, words speaks louder. It’s a shame this clown keeps giving out guaranteed but never get it done.

  7. The Bills will crush Fitzs and the Jets this Sunday. Fits is having his best year and he still stinks. He has never won anything and never will. It’s why he has been on six teams. I know high school senior girls that have a stronger arm than he does.

  8. Five years of Rex as head coach of the Jets was enough for me. I like where we are now and even better I like where Rex is.

  9. Rex can’t get out of his own way, I truly believe he’s a good coach, but he brings all of this negativity on himself and puts his players in positions they shouldn’t be in due to is mouth.

  10. Action speaks more than words, Rex. But for you, it’s the other way around. It’s a shame this clown keeps giving out guaranteed but never gets it done.

  11. “I let my mouth get ahead of everything.” Like we needed you to remind us, Rex. I’m just looking forward to your comments after next weeks loss. Those will be worth hearing. Happy New Year, you jack wagon…:)

  12. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Dec 28, 2015 6:46 PM
    NFL refs neutered the Bills. Easily a 12 win team if the calls didn’t go against them.
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    Most teams would be undefeated if calls didn’t go against them.

  13. NFL refs neutered the Bills. Easily a 12 win team if the calls didn’t go against them.
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    You can’t blame multiple games with double digit penalties on the refs. That’s on the coach and his players.

  14. Team should have been 10-6, 11-5. Even accounting for the injuries that shouldn’t have been a surprise (Aaron and Kyle Williams, Stephon Gilmore, Sammy Watkins, Lesean McCoy, and Marcus Easley are all on the list of guys who haven’t played a full season in at least two years) this team was talented enough to beat Jacksonville, the Giants, the Redskins, and the Eagles. The refs were a factor, but with better coaching would have been negated.

  15. This whole team needed to shut up and put up. I hope Rex is HUMBLED. Was hoping it wouldn’t take a nose dive season though.

  16. Owners interview multiple candidates for their coaching job, and they always seem to give the job to the guy who tells them that they have the players to win right now. No owner wants to endure a long re-building process, and Rex is the master of getting hired. He knows how to play the game. I can’t blame Rex. The owners are the dummies that fall for it every time. Rex is no dummy. You guys might call him wrecks, but you might as well call him checks, because he’s cashing them.

  17. Jet fan here. Even if we don’t win Sunday Rex will never deliver anything but empty promises. He will never learn to keep him mouth shut. It’s refreshing to have a competent coach with a level head. Sorry Bills fans maybe you get a better coach in 3 years because his 5/25 million dollar contract means he’s not going anywhere soon.

  18. Why Rex keeps being hired as a head coach is beyond me. Hire him as a DC, but not a head coach. It’s clear he doesn’t have what it takes to do more.

  19. I disagree with the author’s sentiments and think that nobody wants to hear a coach say “I want to be mediocre”.

  20. Buffalo had to know this was coming. This wasn’t different from his years with the Jets. Even his 2 playoff berths with the Jets were squeak ins. His team’s are too inconsistent and undisciplined.

  21. This guy is a joke of a head coach and an overrated coordinator. There’s no other way to explain the Bills steep decline since he took over. Typical loud mouth with a bark much louder than his bite.

  22. It’s evident to me that 95% of you have never competed for anything in your lives, for if you had, you’d understand that there’s a mindset going in… must win, can win, will win… do you people expect him to go up to the podium and proclaim mediocrity?

  23. Is this guy not the very definition of a fool, clown, moron, blow hard, jack @s s.

    How does this fraud keep getting hired? every time he opens the hole in his face and let the utter stupidity reek out from his orifice I think to myself this is the very reason they instituted the Rooney Rule in the first place to keep the constant losers from carpetbagging more teams and their GMs ver and over.

  24. He’ll do the same thing for next season given this isn’t the first time he’s shot his mouth off then said he shouldn’t have.

    The guy is a loud mouth bozo who is mediocre at his job.

  25. Rex was missing 10+ starters last week. That’s how it has been all season.

    #1 and #2 pro bowl alt cornerbacks OUT
    #2 and #3 WR (harvin and woods) OUT
    #1 wr (watkins) hurt throughout first half of season
    Starting QB misses 2 games
    DT Kyle Williams OUT
    Safety Aaron Williams OUT
    Best LB Nigel Bradham OUT
    Shady Mccoy OUT
    At one point #1, #2, and #3 RB were out in the same game!
    Charles Clay (big FA signing) OUT
    Various Olinemen OUT

    You get the point. I just named A LOT of the most important players on this team by the way.

    “But every team gets hurt!”

    Yes…but most teams don’t get hurt this much.

    Point being, it’s easy to say “he inherited a talented team”

    But it means nothing if that talent can’t play on Sundays.

  26. It actually goes beyond Wrecks and beyond the Bills, it’s the people of Buffalo.

    Every September they pump their chests about the Bills and the Sabres and every December, they’re crying in their beer.

    That’s life in the small city.

  27. Ryan is not a good head coach. However he’s excellent at interviewing and getting hired as a head coach.
    It’s a lot easier for a team to hire a head coach than to fire one.
    Rex has that figured out. Once he’s in, he’s got a couple of years of checks coming.
    It’s his game. He’s not about football, he’s about getting Rex paid.

  28. Those guarantees usually go as well as the premature ‘World Champions’ tattoos that stupid fans get.

  29. jacksonville and the giants are 2 losses that should never have happened. a good team finds 1 more win between washington, philly or kc and this team should be 9-6 now or 10-5 if they could have found one of those aforementioned wins. alas, not a good team. proof is in the results

  30. Rex should learn his lesson

    He’s the George Costanza of NFL Coaches and should just do the OPPOSITE – guaranteeing that he WON’T win the Super Bowl next season.

    In the best case scenario he’s wrong.

    In the worst case scenario, at least one of his “guarantees” will have finally come through

  31. If I were a sales manager, I’d hire him as a salesman. But to hire him as a head coach of an NFL team with a 5 year $25 million contract, well, you know the old saying Mr. Pegula. A fool and his money are soon parted.

  32. Rex isn’t a bad coach his problems are simple he has yet to have a QB
    Look up the Genius Belicheck’s record without Brady.

    Nobody can win in the NFL without a QB.

  33. Rex Ryan doesn’t have the ability or credibility to be a good head coach in the NFL. Time to shut his mouth with a pink slip and send him back to the DC level.

  34. It’s sad to think of all the years guys like Bruce Arians and Mike Zimmer were stuck in coordinator positions while this clown stunk it up as a head coach.

  35. billswillnevermove says:
    Dec 28, 2015 6:45 PM
    The Bills will crush Fitzs and the Jets this Sunday. Fits is having his best year and he still stinks. He has never won anything and never will. It’s why he has been on six teams. I know high school senior girls that have a stronger arm than he does.
    ————
    You are one of the posters who has been spouting off since Rex arrived. I’ll tell you what, I will bet you the Jets beat the Bills next weekend. If the Bills win, I will never post here again….if the Jets win, you never post here again. Deal?

  36. I can’t wait. In 2-3 years, the Bills will get tired of all the hope dashed by mid-season and fire him. Then, I hope, the Dolphins will immediately hire him as their savior… completing the triumvirate of AFC East failures!

  37. billswillnevermove says:
    Dec 28, 2015 6:45 PM
    The Bills will crush Fitzs and the Jets this Sunday. Fits is having his best year and he still stinks. He has never won anything and never will. It’s why he has been on six teams. I know high school senior girls that have a stronger arm than he does.
    ————
    You are one of the posters who has been spouting off since Rex arrived. I’ll tell you what, I will bet you the Jets beat the Bills next weekend. If the Bills win, I will never post here again….if the Jets win, you never post here again. Deal?

    ————–
    What do you say man?

  38. Guarantees mean nothing, that’s why so many people spout them.
    How about a guarantee or …….. ?
    Let there be a consequence if the guarantee fails.
    “If we don’t make the playoffs I’ll shave my head & get an anus tattooed on the back of my head”

  39. It’s not as easy to see when Rex is in charge of the team you root for. I first realized he was a total tool when the Jets were getting ready to play San Diego a few years ago and when asked about that Chargers team, Rex said something like with all the talent on that team I’d have won 3 Super Bowls if I were the coach. Just a total slap in Norv Turner’s face. The worst part was that Rex thought he was complimenting the Chargers and didn’t realize he was knocking Norv. He’s not a bad guy but when he’s on the other side of the field, you see why most people can’t stand him.

  40. I’m a Pats fan, and it even tickles me that the Jets could make the playoffs over the Bills after shipping them their coach and inheriting their QB.

    I got over yesterday’s loss as soon as I saw Steelers fans going ape$hit over it on twitter. THAT was entertainment.

  41. punxrawk124 says:
    Dec 28, 2015 8:15 PM

    Rex isn’t a bad coach his problems are simple he has yet to have a QB
    Look up the Genius Belicheck’s record without Brady.

    Nobody can win in the NFL without a QB.

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    You hit the nail on the head. Belichick is just another good coach. With Brady, he’s a great coach. There are a lot of good coaches who get fired because they never had the HOF QB to turn them into a great coach. The list of HOF coaches who won super bowls without a HOF QB is a short one.

  42. “The Bills will crush Fitzs and the Jets this Sunday. Fits is having his best year and he still stinks. He has never won anything and never will. It’s why he has been on six teams. I know high school senior girls that have a stronger arm than he does.”

    Your team is toast by before the season ends (again) and you literally have nothing left but schoolboy insults directed at the QB of a 10-5 team. You and your coach Clown Shoes deserve each other.

    -Pats fan

  43. joetoronto
    Dec 28, 2015, 7:37 PM EST
    It actually goes beyond Wrecks and beyond the Bills, it’s the people of Buffalo.

    Every September they pump their chests about the Bills and the Sabres and every December, they’re crying in their beer.

    That’s life in the small city.

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    Joe Toronto who has yet to proclaim the team he supports once again spouts negative crap about buffalo. I had another post which was not published so I’ll tone this down

    Who are you to comment on the fans who have remained loyal through some of the most gut wrenching times of any team?

    I might be able to respect you if you consistently supported a team no matter if they were the best in the league or the worst but you haven’t even said who you support.

    As most bandwagon fans you proclaim your love of the flavor of the week and try to mock those who remain loyal to their teams.

    I respect many of these other people who post because they support a team and remain with that team, does mean I necessarily like those teams but damn to I respect them

    What I can’t respect is a guy who uses two tags, JoeToronto and Widerightyouloseagain when you come from Buffalo and ran like a scorn ex-lover!!!

  44. Billswillnevermove is an embarrassment to Bills fans everywhere, and I say that as a Bills fan.

  45. If joetoronto isn’t also wide right you lose again are not in fact the same person, then one must really admire the other because they say the exact same things. Either way it’s pretty pathetic

  46. widerightyouloseagain says:
    Dec 28, 2015 7:52 PM
    The Jills had Fitz and let him go, now they have Tyrod “Geno” Taylor instead.

    Wide right, you lose again.

    ——————

    I would love to hear you explain how Geno Smith and Tyrod Taylor are at all similar… Gino throws as many picks in one game as Tyrod has all season.

    Go ahead and keep bragging about Fitzpatrick. We’ve seen him play some good stretches of games here in Buffalo. He’s having a good season, but one season doesn’t define a career. Let’s see if he regresses back to the mean next year.

    Also, I would take Tyrod Taylor over Fitz without a doubt.

  47. It is sweet, sweet irony Tebow made the playoffs in his one year, dragging the 24 ranked defense with him…why Rex hasn’t made the playoffs since he refused to play Tebow.

  48. Long time Bills Fan. Thank you Pegulas, we love you and the Bills. I’m not sure there were a lot of fans who WANTED Rex, but everyone warmed up to him as he spoke well of Buffalo and had taken teams with talent into the playoffs in the past. NOBODY liked Doug Marrone, he was a not a good coach, Jim Schwartz was outstanding as DC. The Bills had a great defense last year and picked up some quality depth in the off season. Doug Whaley did a great job adding talent this off season to the Offensive side of the ball – McCoy, Harvin, Incognito, Clay, Miller, Felton, Taylor, Karlos Williams and Mike Gillislee.
    For the first time since the 90’s the Bills had talent and depth on both sides of the ball as well as special teams. Everyone saw the talent and thought Rex would use what he had to go to the playoffs. Taking a 9-7 team with more depth, experience and offensive playmakers didn’t seem all that difficult. Particularly when they were playing the AFC South and NFC East. ( The 2 Divisions with the worst records in the AFC & NFC ) Watching what was a great defense get beat by the Giants, Eagles, Washington and Jacksonville was tough to watch. Wasn’t Rex supposed to be a Defensive Coach ? Injuries ? Yes, the Bills had more then their share. When Rusty Jones was the S&C Coach he had a nutrition and stretching program which cutdown on the injuries. Did Buffalo Fans Billieve Rex when he guaranteed the playoffs ?
    Yes, How could we not go ?

  49. It’s evident to me that 95% of you have never competed for anything in your lives, for if you had, you’d understand that there’s a mindset going in… must win, can win, will win… do you people expect him to go up to the podium and proclaim mediocrity?

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    Love this post by browningsnagle . It’s evident to me that his 5 consecutive years of participation trophies allows him to judge the competitive qualifications of the remaining 95% of us.

    Mindset is one thing, but you don’t have to say everything that’s on your mind. Ever hear of letting your actions on the field speak for you?

  50. erif4 says:
    Dec 28, 2015 7:01 PM
    Jet fan here. Even if we don’t win Sunday Rex will never deliver anything but empty promises. He will never learn to keep him mouth shut. It’s refreshing to have a competent coach with a level head. Sorry Bills fans maybe you get a better coach in 3 years because his 5/25 million dollar contract means he’s not going anywhere soon.
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    Though I agree with your comments regarding the Bills signing him and that contract, it seems Jet fans have forgotten Rex’s 1st year as their coach. Not in anyway am I saying Bowles will mirror that path, but let’s judge after more than 1 year.

  51. widerightyouloseagain says:
    Dec 28, 2015 7:52 PM
    The Jills had Fitz and let him go, now they have Tyrod “Geno” Taylor instead.

    Wide right, you lose again.
    ____________________________________
    I don’t see a valid comparison between Geno and Tyro, but then again sometimes I wonder if you are the spawn of Rex. You both spout the same nonsense over and over.

  52. browningsnagle says: It’s evident to me that 95% of you have never competed for anything in your lives, for if you had, you’d understand that there’s a mindset going in… must win, can win, will win… do you people expect him to go up to the podium and proclaim mediocrity…

    mark twain said: it’s better to keep one’s mouth shut and let people assume that you’re an idiot rather than talk and remove all doubt…
    ’nuff said…

  53. The Bills have their playoff game this Sunday. Knock a rival out of the playoffs would be bittersweet for Rex!
    If he can’t motivate his team to a win this week he should be replaced.
    Harbaugh did it!

  54. The man’s delusional and totally obsessed with Belichick, and yet I seriously doubt he’d make a good high school head coach. His remark about not knowing who Dion Lewis is was meant as swagger. Swagger got him a new contract, but what he said was also the truth. When he talks about opponents he calls them by their uniform numbers. During games he stands on the sidelines frozen like a deer in the headlights.

    Belichick can exposit player names on every current and previous team, their position, skillset and flaws, who in their families played for whom, their college coaches’ names and their history along with a treatise on the system they ran, what plays they innovated, where they played ball before they coached and who taught them their craft. During games Bill’s coaching players, coaching coaches, analyzing defenses and is completely immersed in the moment.

    I suspect Ryan has survived off his OCs and DCs.
    In the beginning Ryan inherited a solid group of players and IMO they’ve been carrying his water this season. The media’s been more than kind to him. It’s unfathomable why, but the honeymoon’s over. He’ll probably get another year at most. The Jets figured it out. Buffalo deserves better.

  55. Rex had every right to say what he did. The Bills are a good team who beat themselves more than opponents did. There were bound to be glitches and adjustments and I predicted an another 9-7 record. I do believe that Rex has found the qb that can lead this team. I didn not expect our defense to self destruct. And you can not blame Rex and the DC for poor player performance or missed tackles. I think he needs one more year. Get rid of the players who don not want to be here. Get rid of Doug.

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