Nothing can remove the bravado from Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan.
He told the Associated Press on Wednesday that he expects the team to be better, and declared why he isn’t afraid to say it.
“It’s easy to be a (chicken) and don’t say anything, and then maybe after the fact you can boast,” Ryan told the AP, using a profanity for added emphasis. “But to me, I guess I grew up saying, ‘You know what, I’m going to be great.’ And I’ll dare to say it. And I’ll dare to do it.”
In his first season with the Bills they finally found a quarterback, but ended up losing one more game than the year before. Some of that can be pointed to Tyrod Taylor missing time, but Ryan told the AP one thing that nags at him from last year is he feels, for once in his life, he wasn’t true to himself. Specifically when it came to the defense.
The Bills had success the year before with high-priced players and a different scheme, so Ryan tried to tailor his to it. This year the highest-priced player, Mario Williams, is gone, and with the hiring of his brother Rob as assistant head coach, the Bills will be run the Ryan way.
Hopefully for the fans, that way can lead them to a land where no Buffalo high school student has ever seen their team play: the playoffs.