Rex Ryan says ‘inconsistent’ Bills haven’t played up to their ability
Rex Ryan saw his Buffalo Bills squad fall to 6-7 following Sunday’s 27-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. And the reportedly embattled head coach believes the team lacks the consistency necessary to play an entire game to the best of their ability.
“I think we’ve been inconsistent,” Ryan said, via the Buffalo News. “I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. At times, we look absolutely terrific on either side of the ball and there’s other times we look – we play poorly. That’s it. I don’t think we’ve yet to put a full 60 minutes together of playing a game that I think we’re capable of playing.
“That’s also what drives you as a coach – trying to get that performance out of our group. There are a lot of circumstances, always, that can affect things, but to me that’s the biggest thing. We’ve got to be more consistent and play at a high level.”
The Bills defense is coming off a game in which it was absolutely torched by Le’Veon Bell. The Steelers running back had 38 carries for 236 yards and three touchdowns and caught four passes for 62 yards, earning him AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
In surrendering the dominant rushing performance by Bell, the Bills became only the sixth team in NFL history to allow two 200-yard rushers in the same season, something linebacker Jerry Hughes deemed “disgusting.”
While the Bills defense has improved this season over the last, Ryan has established his reputation upon having his defenses play much better than the Bills have fared in his two seasons in Buffalo. And Ryan now sits firmly atop one of the hottest seats among his head coaching brethren.
Ryan’s offseason included a spat with Jim Kelly after the Bills icon surmised Ryan would lose his job if the team failed to reach the playoffs, a postseason drought for the organization that stretches back to 1999. The two have since made up but Kelly might be right, as the odds are stacked against Ryan getting the Bills into the playoffs this season. save for a three-game winning streak and a lot of help.
All this means the rumors this week about Ryan getting fired may end up coming to fruition.
[Pro Football Talk]