It’s clearly Patriots-Bills week as Rex Ryan has had press conferences two straight days and on both occasions Ryan has brought Bill Belichick up unprovoked.
After Sunday’s win over the Cardinals Ryan said he doesn’t care if Belichick plays quarterback on Sunday, his team is coming after him. Then, on Monday he opened his press conference trying to impersonate the Patriots coach.
“We’re gonna start with the injury report,” Ryan said to reporters at the open of his press conference. “You’ll get it on Wednesday. Simple as that. You’ll get it [when we] turn it in.”
Ryan later added how much respect he has for the long-time Patriots coach.
“I think my admiration is really for Belichick more than anything,” Ryan said. “As a coach, that’s the guy. He’ll go down as probably the best in the history of the game. I like poking fun at him and all that stuff, but there’s no coach I respect more than him.”
The Bills have lost 28 of the last 31 meetings with the Patriots, with one of the wins being the last regular season game in 2014 when it had no barring on the playoffs for the Patriots and they rested many of their starters.
“[Winning Sunday] would mean a lot to our football team,” Ryan said. “[The Patriots] have been the standard of this league, not just in our conference, division, whatever. They’ve been the standard of the league. So you want to put yourself up against the best. I think everybody saw what happened, when everybody [said], ‘Well, no Tom Brady. This team will be a disaster.’ Well, they’re 3-0 last time I checked. And they beat some pretty good football teams. So yeah, it will mean a lot. We need a win in the worst way.”
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