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Rex Ryan won’t ‘muzzle’ players in wake of LeSean McCoy controversy

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In the wake of some very controversial comments made by Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy, head coach Rex Ryan stressed that it is never his intent to put ” a muzzle” on his players, no matter what they have to say.

Ryan wouldn’t comment specifically on what McCoy had to say, instead deferring any inquiries to the running back himself.

“I can’t even begin to tell you what happened there,” Ryan said following the team’s voluntary workout on Wednesday, via an AP report. “I think you just talk to LeSean and leave it at that.”

McCoy made waves this week with some comments published in an interview with ESPN The Magazine in which he insinuated that Chip Kelly, his former head coach with the Philadelphia Eagles, has a problem with star black players.

“You see how fast he got rid of all the good players. Especially all the good black players. He got rid of them the fastest,” McCoy said in part. “That’s the truth. There’s a reason … It’s hard to explain with him. But there’s a reason he got rid of all the black players — the good ones — like that.”

Ryan obviously has established his reputation as a players’ coach, not to mention he is renowned for tossing out a controversial comment or two from time to time, so it’s hardly surprising he regards the notion of imposing a code of silence among his players as foolish and unnecessary. Moreover, Ryan hinted that the free-wheeling spirit and unbridled individuality indicative of unfiltered expressions will be part and parcel of the Bills’ identity under his watch.

“I’d rather just be ourselves,” Ryan said. “I think the players are more comfortable doing that. I know I’m more comfortable doing that. And I think that’s the way it is. I think you’ll get a real feel for who we are.”