Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan discussed Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots a lot in Wednesday's press conference as trash talk between both camps continues ahead of their meeting on Sunday.
After Belichick and tight-end Rob Gronkowski noted that the Patriots have fared well against Rex Ryan's Jets teams in the past with a 9–4 record, Ryan responded that he is not displeased with the lopsided record.
“I would take the [Patriots’ 9–4] record, too,” Ryan said. “I would take the wins.”
Despite the apparent advantage New England has over the Jets, Ryan did not appear daunted by the challenge of facing them.
“I respect [the Patriots] probably as much as any team in the league,” Ryan went on to add. “I don’t fear them, I can tell you that much. ... We don’t [get] beat just because [the Patriots] get off the bus, like some teams.”
This week’s match-up against the Patriots has intensified with trash talk persisting between both sides since Sunday. On Monday, Ryan discussed his disregard for the Patriots running backs.
“I don't care, put anybody back there,” Ryan said Monday. “You can do good there. All right? Nah, I mean they're decent backs in their own right. But I don't think we're going to focus on that kid. I can't even tell you that kid’s name.”
Rex noted no personal animosity towards Belichick, who coached along with Rex’s brother Rob. Ryan “accepted the challenge” that the Patriots will bring to Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday.
“I feel as though it will be as loud as any game I’ve ever been [a part of] in my life,” Ryan said.
Ryan’s comments come just one week after the Pittsburgh Steelers’ coaching staff encountered problems with their headsets during the first half of their season opening loss against the New England Patriots at Gillette Field. Earlier this month, Sports Illustrated’s Greg Bishop, Michael Rosenberg and Thayer Evans published a lengthy look into such problems and the Patriots perception among team and league officials.
- Christopher Chavez