Rex: Bills having 10 on the field for big Ajayi run is my responsibility

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The Bills’ playoff hopes officially came to an end with Saturday’s loss to the Dolphins, and the costliest play in that loss was a 57-yard run by Miami’s Jay Ajayi that set up the game-winning field goal. And the worst thing about it for the Bills is that their defense only had 10 players on the field for that play.

Rex Ryan acknowledged today that there was a miscommunication resulting in only 10 players going out for that defensive snap, and Ryan also acknowledged that it’s his responsibility to see to it that every player knows where he’s supposed to be.

“Should have had 11 on the field,” Ryan said. “One hundred percent of what happens on the field is my responsibility.”

Ryan, who is widely expected to lose his job as a result of the Bills missing the playoffs for the second straight season, said it stung to get eliminated in a game the Bills had a good chance of winning.

“That’s about as painful of a loss as I can remember,” Ryan said. “It’s a loss you lose sleep over.”

And only having 10 players on the field is the kind of mistake that coaches lose jobs over.

57 responses to “Rex: Bills having 10 on the field for big Ajayi run is my responsibility

  1. one more year, one more year, one more year!!!

    hes only had 2 yrs folks, he deserves at least one more, they new it was going to be a long drawn out process from the beginning when they hired him

  2. Yes the Bills season is disappointing, but look at it this way; They were in the playoff conversation up until Christmas. It could have been over by Thanksgiving.

  3. eazeback says:
    Dec 26, 2016 5:01 PM
    one more year, one more year, one more year!!!

    hes only had 2 yrs folks, he deserves at least one more, they new it was going to be a long drawn out process from the beginning when they hired him
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    5 more years, 5 more years, 5 more yeears!!!

    He’s only had 2 yrs folks, the franchise and fans of New England and the rest of the AFCE think he deserves at least 5 more years. We knew it was going to be a train wreck from the beginning when they hired him………

    There, fixed it for you.

  4. Are you telling us that both you and the DC have to tell the defense who’s on the field each play in week 15? That means neither of the Ryan brothers have done their job all year.

  5. Ryan is not capable of being a head coach, and the notion that he is a defensive genius is absurd. He has taken two top flight defenses, and turned them both into mediocre at best.
    The good people of Buffalo deserve better.

  6. Rex Ryan should have never been a head coach again after his stint in New York , and he should have been fired 3 weeks ago . The Bills should have known what they were in for when he brought his brother on board to try to coach defense . His brother has destroyed defenses wherever he’s been and Buffalo has been no different in the look and feel after he’s tinkered with them .

  7. Why would anyone be surprised at this. Rex’s teams are always unprepared and undisciplined.

    He took an excellent D in both NY and Buffalo and made them worse each year. He’s only concerned about 2 games during the year and those are the 2 against Belichick.

  8. You have them pinned at the 10 yd line with 4 minutes left in a tie ball game in Overtime and you come out with only 10 guys on the field?? the fins come out running the ball and immediately flip field position and two first downs from fg range on the first running play….smh…how do you let that happen….and you think its ok to just to accept responsibility for it…normally I say a coach needs no less than 3 yrs to see what he’s got, but in the Bills case they have a good team, they should still be in the conversation for playoffs going into the last weekend at the least…he’s got to go

  9. Every time the Bills’ offense takes the field they only have 10 players on the field. I don’t consider their QB a player.

  10. eazeback says:
    Dec 26, 2016 5:01 PM

    hes only had 2 yrs folks, he deserves at least one more, they new it was going to be a long drawn out process from the beginning when they hired him
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    I don’t know if you’re being sarcastic or not, so I’ll assume no.

    The Bills hired Ryan coming off a 9-7 season with the expectation they’d build on that and break their long playoff drought.

    It was beyond anyone’s comprehension that the defense would get dramatically worse under Ryan’s tutelage, but he was able to use injuries as an excuse in 2015 and proclaim the team ready to win in 2016. With Brady suspended 4 games, the division would be ripe for the taking by an improved Bills team which “won the offseason”. Brother Rob, an “excellent coach” despite a track record of disastrous defenses on his resume. could only help.

    2 games into the season it was time for a new scapegoat, this time Greg Roman.

    And now, 7-8 with 1 game to go, and coming off one of the most embarrassing coaching gaffs I can recall, there aren’t anymore scapegoats left.

  11. Welp, maybe someone who owes him a favor will get hired in San Diego, Jacksonville or Los Angeles and give him a job as defensive coordinator…….

  12. The problem for Bills ownership is if they fire him, who are they going to hire? All joking aside, nobody wants to live in Buffalo. Not even the people who live there now.

  13. 72DolphinsStillUnmatched says:
    Dec 26, 2016 6:08 PM

    The Bills set the franchise record for total offensive yardage on Saturday playing a team with a backup QB, i’m sure Bills fans are happy Rex and brother are defensive guru’s, right?
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    Because the back up QB has everything to do with stopping the opposing offense, right? The brilliance of Dolphin fans.. Genius!!

  14. Bills versus Jets tickets for January 1 starting at $8! We both Ryan and Bowles. Don’t fire them!

    Signed,
    Patriot Nation

  15. Moore is a little better then a back up QB. If Tannehill was in there the Dolphins would have lost. Whaley and Brandon are responsible for selling the snake oil for Ryan. Love the guys heart but he is not a HC

    Owners need to clean the house. No coach is going to out up with Whaley and Brandon anymore. They already had their last choice quit and they even had to pay him after he quit ? Let’s all guess where the problem is up there.

  16. igotgamenj says:
    Dec 26, 2016 6:52 PM

    Here that bills fan that’s the sound of brooms cause you just got swept
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    I guess you’ve forgotten the last 2 seasons against the same Bills. It’s one thing to get barely swept this season. And its another to get completely destroyed the past two. Enjoy, it’ll all be over soon and all we’ll HEAR is “at least we got there” Congrats. See you on the golf course a week later. We’ll hold a tee time for you.

  17. The Bills set the franchise record for total offensive yardage on Saturday playing a team with a backup QB, i’m sure Bills fans are happy Rex and brother are defensive guru’s, right?
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    Because the back up QB has everything to do with stopping the opposing offense, right? The brilliance of Dolphin fans.. Genius!!
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    I will explain slowly for Bills fans,
    your team gained almost 600 yds.
    Your team was facing a backup QB
    If your Coach was good a defense, you should win.

  18. Embarrassing. Its one thing for that sort of thing to happen early in the season while young players are still settling into the system. This late in the year its a symptom of bad coaching.

    “Yes the Bills season is disappointing, but look at it this way; They were in the playoff conversation up until Christmas. It could have been over by Thanksgiving.”

    Is that what its come to now Bills fans, after 17 years of no playoffs? Yay we got to at least talk about the possibility of playoffs a few weeks later than we usually do ! Yay !

    That’s just plain sad.

  19. When he is fired, they can make Rob acting HC. Then Rob can hire Rex as DC. Then when Rob is fired. Rex can become acting HC and hire Rob as DC. Then this continues until the sun explodes.

  20. phyrmun says:

    I will explain slowly for Bills fans,
    your team gained almost 600 yds.
    Your team was facing a backup QB
    If your Coach was good a defense, you should win
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    And I will return the favor by stating the obvious in which you fail to see. Regardless of what Rex did or did not do your Defense gave up almost 600yds of offense and if it weren’t for 2 blown PI calls at the goal line and 2 missed FG’s this would be a totally different conversation. Like I said before, enjoy being the AFC sacrificial lamb. Todd Bowles went 10-6 last season, how’s it working out in NY? Things change in the blink of an eye. You had a good season but mistake it for a dominant, take no prisoners type season. No team is shaking like a leaf to play the Fins.

  21. Don’t worry about it Rex when Rob was in Dallas it wasn’t unusual to have as few as 9’or as many as 13

  22. It’s fairly elementary. Your coach is incapable of understanding the number 11. Between the 10 men on the field issue (for at least the 3rd time this year), Buffalo leads the league in 12 men on the field (1 offensive, 4 defensive) penalties.

    Is this really the man you want coaching your franchise?

  23. 1st year head coach has brought a completely lost franchise back from the ashes to playing in a playoff game. If Miami fans want to talk a little smack after winning their last 9 out of 10 games good for them. But if you want to still be the cute king of dingaling I’m sure Miami fans have no problem with that…. Bro.

  24. Only Bills fans would mock the number of times the Dolphins have made the post-season this century.

    Being self-aware and living in Buffalo do not go well together (because one wouldn’t live there after becoming self aware).

  25. @Harrisonhits2:
    Yes it’s sad, but at least the fans had interest in the games, and the players didn’t have any reason to mail it in. Look man, being a Bills fan is tough. But after 8 weeks, what did Rams or Browns fans or players have going for them?

  26. And now, 7-8 with 1 game to go, and coming off one of the most embarrassing coaching gaffs I can recall, there aren’t anymore scapegoats left.

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    But, Emmitt Smith knows where you can find an Escape Goat!!

  27. Got to admit that was a crazy game. Fins got flagged for having too many players on the field and just a few plays later Buffalo doesn’t put enough players on the field. If only the coaches could count.

  28. First Rex punts from near midfield in OT on 4th and 3 knowing he needs to win the game. That in itself shows he doesn’t belong as a head coach. You balls. You rack up almost 600 yards and you’re afraid to go for it on 4th and 3?

    Then you can’t get all 11 guys on the field on first down following a punt? No one on your massive coaching staff noticed this and called a timeout? Yeah….you deserve another chance. The Pegula’s would have to be brain dead for this to not be the final nail in the coffin

  29. Top 2 thoughts that come to mind…

    a) Coulda sworn his brother was in charge of the defense.

    b) Where was the 11th guy? Did they send him out for pizza?

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