Rex Ryan on Patriots source claim: ‘I was B.S.-ing the whole time’
Rex Ryan admitted Monday his claim that he has a source within the New England Patriots organization isn’t true.
The Buffalo Bills head coach stated after the team’s convincing 16-0 victory Sunday that he knew Jacoby Brissett would be the starting quarterback because “sources inside the New England Patriot building” told him so.
But on Monday, Ryan revealed that was not the case.
“Absolutely [I had sources], as far as you guys know,” Ryan said, via ESPN’s Mike Rodak. “That’s just great. Because, man, I stirred the pot. Because you know they’re sitting back and going, ‘Who is it? Who is it?’ I was B.S.-ing the whole time.
“If people were worried about it, that’s awesome. That’s good. Let them think they got [someone inside].”
As is often the case, Ryan’s showdown with nemesis Bill Belichick featured a week’s worth of gamesmanship on his part. Things began with Ryan trying to amuse the media by impersonating Belichick during a press conference, although his attempt at humor didn’t pan out.
Ryan proceeded to bash the entire city of Boston later in the week. And then he pretended to be “Walt Patulski from the Buffalo News” during a Julian Edelman conference call with reporters during the week.
But Ryan perhaps saved his best for last by claiming after the shutout victory Sunday he had those aforementioned “sources.”
“My sources inside the New England Patriot building said that Jacoby Brissett would be the quarterback,” the Bills’ coach said. “How about that? I’ll stir some stuff up. Who was it? Who was it? I don’t know who it was.”
In other words, it was business as usual for Ryan in the always interesting and often controversial “Patriots Week.”