The never-ending saga that is Rex Ryan and the New England Patriots continued Thursday during Ryan’s press conference.
Ryan said, “Of course they want to bury me. No question they want to beat me. But this is nothing to do with me, it’s something to do with our team.”
He continued, saying, “Yeah, they want to put us away, there’s no question. When you look at it from their perspective, right now we’re second in the division, so of course they’re gonna try to do whatever they can.” Ryan is also pretty honest and realistic when it comes to his team’s chances win winning the division.
“Does that give us an opportunity to win the division? No, they’re gonna win the division,” Ryan said. “I don’t see them losing four games in the upcoming things. I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t see it happening.”
And just when you thought that might be the most interesting thing you would hear from the former Jets coach and current Bills coach, he gave us even more in his Thursday conference call.
When he was asked about how much he talks about the Patriots, Ryan didn’t hold anything back:
You know what? The only reason I talk about them is they’re the No. 1 team in our division. That’s where we want to be. You guys always say that I’m obsessed with them and all that. You guys are obsessed with them, not me. You’re the ones who talk about them every single day. I’ll tell you this, we prepare for them the same way we prepare for every team that we face. But do we want to beat them? Absolutely. Do I want to beat them more than any team? Yeah, because they’re the standard. They’ve won. They’re the ones who win the division. To me, that’s why. But do I obsess with them and all that? You guys write that I’ve lost seven of eight, so why are you even talking to me. I obviously have no clue how to attack them or defend them, so you guys should talk to somebody else who has a better record than I do against them.”
After a reported change in his tone and mood, a reporter asked why Ryan was mad at the media, to which he responded:
“I don’t know. I just like the way you guys spin everything. You put everything I say, you take whatever it is, hey, you guys put it out there the way you want to, and I understand it. You guys have covered this matchup for years and years. We’ve got no business being on the same field. That’s what you’ve said. We lost seven of eight. I’ve lost seven of eight against them. So don’t talk to me. I’m sitting back here. I’ll answer the question, whatever, but I don’t know why you even bother.”
Whether or not Ryan has an obsession with the Patriots and Bill Belichick or not, the dynamic between the two sides has been an interesting one ever since Ryan’s tenure as Jets coach, and we all might just be lucky that it continues in Buffalo.