Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan accepted blame for his team’s 40–31 loss to the Patriots on Sunday, admitting that he was “out-coached” by New England’s Bill Belichick.
“I’m going to tell you exactly like I told our team, this loss is squarely on one man's shoulders,” Ryan said. “It’s on my shoulders. Yeah, we’ve got to get better as a team no question, but I have to get better. Belichick out-coached me, no question about it and that's how it ended up. It’s unfortunate. The plan has to be better on defense. You can’t give up 500 yards and beat anybody. Then we turn it over three times. But we did a horse s--- job and it’s my responsibility.”
Buffalo gave up 507 net offensive yards with three turnovers to the Patriots’ two. Tom Brady passed for 466 of those yards, the most passing yards ever given up by the Bills in a single game.
Ryan also cited his team’s week of trash-talking the Patriots as a reason for the loss.
“Blame it anywhere you want. I don't care. It's my fault,” Ryan said. “We talked too much. That's why we lost.”
The Bills’ record now stands at 1–1 going into next week’s matchup with the Miami Dolphins.
- Erin Flynn