Jim Kelly says he and Rex Ryan are ‘all good’ despite spat
Buffalo Bills icon Jim Kelly revealed that things are “all good” between himself and the team’s current head coach Rex Ryan, despite the fact he made some pretty candid comments last month about Ryan’s job security. Or perhaps better put, the lack thereof.
Kelly made waves during a June 9 appearance on “The Jim Rome Show” that Ryan would likely lose his job if the Bills failed to qualify for the playoffs next season.
“I think we have to do it,” Kelly said of reaching the postseason. “If we don’t, I think Rex will probably be looking for another job. I think everybody knows that, including Rex. We have the nucleus to get it done.”
Kelly was asked earlier this week whether his candid comments caused any collateral damage to the duo’s otherwise rosy relationship.
“Yeah, we already texted,” Kelly said on WGR 500. “That’s all good.”
Given Kelly’s words are treated as gospel in Buffalo, his comments obviously carried some weight, especially given how Ryan and Kelly became fast friends after the coach was hired.
When asked about Kelly’s ominous prediction concerning his coaching tenure, Ryan more or less blew it off, expressing optimism he can get the job done.
“I just think it’s amazing that everything is focused on that,” Ryan said following a team minicamp practice. “I could tell you this, my focus is definitely not on my job security or anything else, mine is on winning man. I mean I expect to win. I expect to win big time.”
All that aside, the Bills did take a step back during Ryan’s first season, going 8-8 after posting a 9-7 record the previous season under Doug Marrone.
Adding further fuel to the fire is the postseason futility for both Ryan and the Bills. The Bills head coach hasn’t reached the playoffs since 2010 when he was with the New York Jets. And the Bills haven’t qualified for the postseason since 1999, the longest drought in the NFL.
Ryan, along with brother Rob — also on the Bills staff — of course are in the process of mourning the passing of their beloved father Buddy, who will be on their minds and in their thoughts throughout the season.