Ryan Bros. On Bills, Saints, Pats, M. Williams

Jenny Vrentas of The MMQB.com had a rather entertaining interview with Bills head coach Rex Ryan and brother Rob Ryan, who’s in his first year as the team’s assistant head coach/defense. Their discussion is certainly worth a full read, but we’ll round up some of the highlights from the braggadocious bros.

Rex Ryan on Rob Ryan:

“Nobody grinds the way Rob does. Bill Belichick hired Rob for one reason: He knew he was a freaking great football coach, and he could grind. That’s it. If you are going to be with Bill Belichick, you better be a grinder.”

“He sleeps here half the week, in his office, in the offseason. Honest to God.”

“I brought in a real football coach. Not a 9-to-5er, a real football coach whose life and passion is the NFL. The name Ryan means something. If you are a fan of the Buffalo Bills, thank your lucky stars he is here, and myself. To me, that’s what we added to this team. When we talk about “all in,” we’re going to do everything we can in our power to help our players succeed. And that’s why we made some of the changes that we made.”

Rob Ryan on why he joined the Bills’ staff:

“I am used to picking my spots, but this time, I had one choice. When I was fired by the Saints, I came here to look at it. Rex loves this team, he brags about this team, so I wanted to be around it. After I did that, for one week, I was like, Damn, I’ve got Rob Ryan to be here. I don’t care who was going to offer me a job. I wanted to be a part of this. Rex brought me in, because of nepotism … (pause) … and I’m glad he did.”

“To be the best defensive coach in football, I’ve got to learn from the best, so I came here. It’s been how many years since we’ve been together? He’s not learning anything, but I am. Look at some of his protégés. Bob Sutton is doing a fantastic job in Kansas City. Chuck Pagano was with Rex. He spun off a ton of great coaches, and it is going to be fun to be a part of that.”

Rob Ryan on his nearly three-year tenure as the Saints’ defensive coordinator:

“I need to be in a multiple system. I was hired to be in a multiple system in New Orleans, and I did a damn good job and got fired for it.”

“I have coordinated in college and in the pros. And the biggest history of improvement ever in the league, I coordinated that defense [the 2013 Saints]. The defenses I have taken over were ranked, like, 31st. Oh, “my numbers aren’t too good.” You take over the 31st group and see how you do. And you’re given about two years to do it. There are two years that don’t have my signature on them, and it’s the last two years in New Orleans. And that’s just the truth.”

[Note: Saints head coach Sean Payton responded by shooting down the notion that the team’s defense didn’t have Ryan’s fingerprints on it.]

“All of a sudden, we let some good players go; we changed the system after we finished fourth in the league in defense.”

“The biggest mistake I think I made in New Orleans was sitting on my hands and collecting a paycheck, instead of going in, knowing it was wrong and fixing it. When we wanted to change the philosophy of the defense, I should have.”

“They signed players; they signed a free-agent free safety [Jairus Byrd in 2014], and said, we are going to keep him in the middle of the field like the goalpost. Well, that’s great. He’s not going to make one play back there, and now we have changed the entire defense for one signing, and it ruined us. He’s a great kid. But the truth of the matter is, you let an All-Pro safety walk, Malcolm Jenkins, and lost your two best leaders on the team, him and Roman Harper. We changed the entire style of play. It was strange. But hey, I did the best job I could. And it wasn’t good enough. They should have fired me. They probably should have fired everybody that made that decision to go in that direction. Now I’m going to move my whole family over here to Buffalo for a reason: to go kick everybody’s ass, including theirs.”

“But at the end of the day, the last two years in New Orleans were a waste of time for me.”

Rex Ryan on the Bills’ 2015 defense, which dropped to 19th from fourth under Jim Schwartz the previous season, and whether a rebound is on the way:

Rex Ryan“I screwed up, and that’s totally on me. So if people lost a little faith in it, or whatever, I can understand. I should be doubted, because I made a mistake in judgment. But just go back and look at the history. You are going to get the real deal this year, and we’ll see how it goes. I know how it has gone my whole career.”

“This was the first time in my life I have ever come into a situation where the defense got worse. And so that was odd. That was different. No excuses. But I’ll stand by my record; I’ll stand by everything I have ever done in this league statistically. Put the numbers up. Do you want to look at one year, or a 15-year window? I specifically said I probably shouldn’t have tried to combine systems last year. I should have just gone for it, this is it, blunt-force trauma, and bring in some players that knew the system and can help run it.”

Rex Ryan on defensive end Mario Williams, who was unhappy in Ryan’s scheme last season and got his release in March:

“Now look, with some of the comments [he made], do I wish him well? Not really. But, he’s on Miami. If he would have gone somewhere else, maybe. He’s a good kid, but I am used to some mean motherf—ers that play out there. The Terrell Suggs, Jarrett Johnsons of the world. I screwed them, too; I had them drop [into coverage], too. Not one of them bitched. Von Miller [dropped into coverage] in the Super Bowl. Why? Because that’s what’s asked of him; that’s what his job is. Your job is to play. Coaches spend a hell of a lot more time studying tape and everything else. They are trying to put the team in the best position to be successful, not an individual.”

Rob Ryan on the AFC East rival Patriots:

“But I know one thing, we are going to beat them. We are together, we’re going to beat the best. It’s two against one. [Belichick] one on one against any coach in the league, that guy is pretty damn good. And he’s also got his best buddy Tom Brady with him. He trained him, and he single-handedly made him great as well.”

“Bring Belichick on. We got him.”

Photos courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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9 comments on “Ryan Bros. On Bills, Saints, Pats, M. Williams

  1. anvil35

    What two blowhards! I would hate to be a Bills fan with this clown show.

  2. Really?!? Every time Rex speaks he shows his man crush on Bill. Rex loves to say we got them this year but it always seems the same old same old. “Beaten by better team and coach, we just didn’t do enough” I suspect this will all happen again this year. Now their are two of the Ryan’s that spells for even more of the same. Enjoy pats fans and sorry bills fans.

  3. Bad Man

    Its gonna be awesome beating up on two lards of fat named Ryan. Rofflmfao

  4. Bad Man

    Gonna be beating up on both of the Fat Tubs of Lard. Obviously, Rex didn’t give Rob the heads up about poking the bear. Oh well, his dumb ass is gonna learn, two Ryans don’t make a Belichick.

  5. RalphKramdem

    As a Jets fan I liked Rex but by the time he left I was really tired of the talk. I think the players were too. It just sounds the same as when he was with the Jets and the bottom started falling out. If Rob is the answer why didn’t he go get him with the Jets?

  6. James

    Can’t wait until Rex and Rob prove you folks wrong and then you can go crawl back under your bridges.

  7. BlueBlood1217

    Poking the Bear ?? Nice try Bad Man but that’s a Boston Bruin reference.

  8. “This was the first time in my life I have ever come into a situation where the defense got worse.”

    The Jets defense got worse every year he was there.


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