Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan made some of the most ridiculous comments after his team’s 24-10 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday.
“Can you play a lot smarter? Absolutely. But I’ll take a team that can fight over a team that won’t—that will sit back and take it—any day of the week. And bring on the next team. So that’s how I look at it. Give me a team that’s got some fight, and we’ll compete to the very end, right, wrong or indifferent. No matter how good the officiating is, or whatever.”
Is this guy kidding?
From the angle of the New York Jets fan, this is just Rex Ryan being Rex Ryan. He’s doing himself an injustice by covering the wool over his very own eyes.
It’s everything we’ve known to be true in New York over the last six NFL seasons.
His squad not only picked up 17 penalties, but they committed nonsensical ones. Ones that reflect very poorly on the team’s level of discipline.
Two touchdowns were brought back because of penalties and they’ve now accumulated a grand total of 47 penalties for 428 yards this season. Both of which are tops in the NFL through four weeks.
What Rex simply cannot understand is this: his players do see what he says in these press conferences. Accountability and corrections need to take place and instead of taking step one towards that route, he completely stalls the process by giving them a pass.
Now, according to Rex Ryan, if you’re committing a penalty it means you have “fight.”
No Rex. Fight and heart having nothing to do with penalties. This is just another one of your spin techniques after the game.
Ryan does have some great qualities as a coach. His defensive mind is, at times, genius. The way he rallies the troops and instills confidence in every one of his 53 guys is another positive.
But then he over does it. He goes too crazy with the confidence boosting. Every player on his team is the best and his entire squad is the toughest in the league. This instills a false confidence in the team at times, making them believe they’re better than they actually are.
This is when hard work, discipline and actual strategy fall short. Losing your eye to maintain that competitive edge gets lost in the shuffle.
What Ryan needed to do in this situation is take responsibility for the team’s lack of discipline and put the entire team on notice.
A fighting team can still fight without committing the most penalties in the league.
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