Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan once again criticized New York Jets tight end Jace Amaro on Saturday, continuing their back-and-forth through the media.
In an interview with WFAN radio host Kim Jones, Ryan said that when the Bills play the Jets this season, the Bills will make sure Amaro is held accountable. Earlier in the week, Amaro said in a radio interview the Jets lacked accountability and that tardiness was an issue for the team during Ryan's last year as coach.
After first responding to Amaro's comments in an interview with The MMQB's Jenny Vrentas during the week, Ryan again addressed them on Saturday.
"The kid's got some talent," Ryan told WFAN on Saturday, as transcribed by ESPN.com. "I'm just going to leave it at that. I just know one thing: He totally misspoke, and talk about accountable—he's going to be accountable when he go to play him. He's going to be accountable for his comments.
"It's not the truth. That kid's a little... he's going to get... we'll see what happens."
Ryan later reiterated his "it's not the truth" comments, indicating that Amaro, a rookie last season, did not have the reputation to back up his criticisms.
"I just know it's not the truth, and for him or anybody else to pop off like that, I think is absolutely a joke," Ryan said. "Now, look, if David Harris would have said something, or D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, or someone, I would be hurt by it. I would be absolutely devastated by it. But a kid like that? Nah. I know him, and that doesn't bother me one bit."
The Jets fired Ryan in December, along with general manager John Idzik, following a 4–12 season. Ryan went to the Bills, while former Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator replaced him with the Jets.
Ryan spent six seasons as the Jets' coach, posting a 46–50 record with AFC Championship game appearances in 2009 and 2010.
- Mike Fiammetta