Rex Ryan: It just snowballed on us

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The Bills were up 24-9 against the Raiders after running back Mike Gillislee ran for a touchdown with nine minutes to go in the third quarter, but any thoughts that they’d win the game and rally to move back into the mix for a playoff spot soon disappeared.

The Raiders would draw within one point before the quarter was over and they’d tack on 15 more points in the fourth quarter on their way to a 38-24 victory. Everything unraveled at once for the Bills as the offense went three-and-out three times while the Raiders were driving for touchdowns and two fourth quarter turnovers sealed the deal for Buffalo.

Cornerback Corey Graham said he was in “shock” as things fell apart for a team that’s now 6-6 and looking at the longest of playoff shots.

“Well, it hasn’t happened a whole lot in my career, but it has happened before,” coach Rex Ryan said, via the Buffalo News. “Sometimes you feel that momentum shift and it just snowballed on us. Sometimes, I think we lose confidence. You can’t ever have that happen to you.”

Things may not play out like that very often for the Bills, but the story of Buffalo’s season has been one of finding a way to lose when matched with tougher competition. That’s not so different from the path they took to 8-8 in 2015, which leaves the team with an obvious area for improvement next season.

42 responses to “Rex Ryan: It just snowballed on us

  1. This falls squarely on the defensive coordinator. He was too busy celebrating and telling fart jokes over the headphones to the head coach to notice the momentum shift.

  2. You mean the Buffalo Bills are not going to win the NFL championship this year? But they won the offseason.

  3. Believe it or not, the NY Times’ wildly addictive playoff simulator has the Bills (20%) ahead of the Dolphins (19%) in the chance to make it in anyway. Science!

  4. Rex……Bills fans deserve better. As a Pats fan, I can only hope the Bills ownership keeps Rex coaching the Bills for many years to come.

  5. weepingjebus says:
    Dec 5, 2016 11:09 AM
    Believe it or not, the NY Times’ wildly addictive playoff simulator has the Bills (20%) ahead of the Dolphins (19%) in the chance to make it in anyway. Science!

    So what!! Neither team is going to see the playoffs…

  6. Rex and Rob a parlay you never want to bet on. At least they now keep the ineptitude in the family. What a pair of jokes.

  7. The Bills accomplished one of the most under rated feats in football, going to 4 straight Super Bowls. They deserve better then Rex Ryan.

    -Cowboys fan

  8. Rex,

    You have a great amount of knowledge when it comes to football. You are funny, witty, and at one point, you were a really good defensive coordinator.

    What you are not…is a good head coach.

    Either switch to broadcasting or go back to being a DC.

  9. The last time the Bills won in Oakland was 1966.

    1966, Rikki don’t lose that number.

    ____________________________

    Remember when Oakland played in Los Angeles for a while?

  10. When they were up 24-9 I said to myself ‘If there is a team that can and will blow this lead – it is a Rex Ryan coached team on the road”.

    Throw in the absolute MONSTROUS Offensive Line of the RayDuhs that just wears you down – and it was almost inevitable.

  11. This is the problem with Ryan coached teams in the AFCE.

    He gets them fired up to a fever pitch against the first game against the Pats and its his team’s Super Bowl. They rarely seem to achieve that level of focus and success thereafter in any season.

    Rex’s signature lack of discipline and the many penalties his teams get most games just adds to the misery. If he would shut his mouth, and get his players to shut their mouths and focus on practice, the game plan and film study the would actually win a lot more games I think.

    But when the guys running the show have little discipline its hard to get players to play with any.

  12. I was rooting for the raiders –
    that said

    the Bills came out hitting hard – playing faster than the raiders and really outplaying them

    i was jumping between games so I didnt see the transition, but the fact that the raiders came back and won this game shows the heart of a division leader and playoff contender.

    I used to hate the raiders with a passion. after 12+ years of watching them suffer, I feel satisfied and I am ready to root for them. Anything is better than a donkey victory.

  13. nic3roc0123 says:
    Dec 5, 2016 11:33 AM
    I tuned into this game and watched Tyrod Taylor.. what is all the hooplah about this guy from Bills fans? he is a PUTRID QB.

    ———-

    At the beginning of the season Bills fans were anointing Tyrod as the next Russell Wilson….

  14. Ryan Brothers and Tyrod are inadequate at best. Feel bad for guys like Shady and K.Williams who try and put the team on their back every game. That meltdown was Ryan being outcoached and Tyrod being Tyrod.

  15. It was simply a mediocre team being beat by a good team. It’s not rocket science. Taylor isn’t the worst QB in the NFL but he’s not a guy who can carry your team when the defense falls apart on you, or who you lean on when your OC stupidly gives up on the running game.

  16. I just have to laugh. Anyone who saw (and heard) Rex Ryan when he was the Jets HC would have to have their head examined to want him as their head coach. Not unless they were owned by Barnum and Bailey.
    The Bills couldn’t be satisfied with bringing in a lousy head coach — they topped it by bringing in his brother, too!!
    I keep hearing that players love playing for Rex. But no one mentions what kind of players they are. The first thing that is obvious is they are not good players. The second thing you notice is they must all like a good laugh and don’t take winning very seriously.
    Bills fans are cursed. They had O.J. Simpson, and he is one of the most disgraced athletes to ever play sports. Then they lost 4 Super Bowls. They had their hearts broken by Scott “Wide Right” Norwood. Then their Bills staged the greatest comeback in NFL history against the Houston Oilers in Rich Stadium, but because the game was not a sell out, it was blacked out in Western New York by tv contractual rules, and thousands of Bills fans didn’t even see it.
    And now they have to endure Rex and Rob Ryan, the Rowan and Martin of the NFL.
    As I said, Bills fans are cursed.

  17. pacificdan says:
    Dec 5, 2016 11:35 AM

    The Bills accomplished one of the most under rated feats in football, going to 4 straight Super Bowls. They deserve better then Rex Ryan.
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    Well, if they had managed to win one or two of them, it might be a higher rated feat.

    As it it, I am sure it is more embarrassing than anything.

  18. 315judman says:
    Dec 5, 2016 11:41 AM
    The last time the Bills won in Oakland was 1966.

    1966, Rikki don’t lose that number.

    ____________________________

    Remember when Oakland played in Los Angeles for a while?
    ******************************************
    I remember it well, they won a Super Bowl there.

  19. That “snowball” Rex speaks about is called Mack & Carr.

    Very few players in this league can turn the tide of a game single-handily and make their teammates that much better on either side of the ball.

    The Raiders 2014 top two draft picks are special.

  20. yourunclerico says:
    Dec 5, 2016 12:03 PM

    i was jumping between games so I didnt see the transition,

    ———————————–

    Khalil Mack ……

    He put the game on his shoulders and once again demonstrated that he is the most dominate player in the NFL right now. He lit the fuse that blew up the stadium. He single handled got into Tyrod Taylors head and danced a jig with Bruce Irvin…..

  21. nic3roc0123 says:
    Dec 5, 2016 11:33 AM
    I tuned into this game and watched Tyrod Taylor.. what is all the hooplah about this guy from Bills fans? he is a PUTRID QB.

    ———-

    At the beginning of the season Bills fans were anointing Tyrod as the next Russell Wilson….

    _________________________________________

    You should have seen what the moronic Phila Iggles fans were saying about both Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson after 3 games…talk about irrational exuberance….

  22. D Carr. Cold blooded 4th qrt assassin. K Mack … He just steals your soul late in games now. We’ve suffered a long time as Raider fans, cheering on bad teams, always loyal…. Now we reap.
    I wonder if Bills management that traded up for that WR at pick 4, felt it was a good choice watching that years 5th seal the game with a strip sack. Reggie is a special GM.

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