Rex Ryan continues to speak cautiously about Deflategate fallout
Rex Ryan, arguably contrary to character, has remained relatively mum on the fallout of the Deflategate scandal amid the damning findings of the Ted Wells Report. Or at the very least, the Buffalo Bills coach appears reticent to stoke the flames of his long-burning rivalry with Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.
The fact that the Bills will play the (for now) Tom Brady-less Patriots in Week 2 of the 2015 NFL season provided an environment for Ryan to either take a shot at the Pats or at least express relief that his new Jets squad will face a team without its Super Bowl-winning signal-caller under center.
Ryan wouldn’t take the bait.
In fact, Ryan practically went out of his way to praise Belichick and his coaching acumen.
“For us, we know we’re playing the Patriots Week Two,” Ryan said, via a tweet from ESPN’s Mike Rodiak “No matter who’s there, we’re playing them Week 2. They’re playing us.
“[Bill] Belichick is bringing his team in and he’ll have his team prepared. We’ll have our team prepared too.”
Reading into Ryan’s comments, it could be inferred that he is hedging his bets a bit, perhaps even suggesting that the Patriots will be even more motivated in light of just how upset the organization is from top to bottom regarding not only Brady’s suspension, but the other considerable punishments levied on the team by the NFL.
When asked if he is relieved Brady won’t be playing — pending the outcome of his appeal — in the early-season match-up, Ryan again refused to engage.
“No I don’t,” he said. “I just want to beat them, no matter who’s back there.”
Ryan’s comments echo what he said last week about the Patriots’ plight when he referred to it as a “league issue.” Addressing at the time was a yet-to-be-determined potential punishment, Ryan said, “Whatever the league comes up with, we’ll address when that happens.”
It looks like even armed with knowledge that he could use to disparage the Patriots, Ryan appears to have turned over a new leaf, which is a far cry from his blustery, bravado-filled Jets days.
[H/T Pro Football Talk, top image via Bleacher Report]