Rex Ryan on if he’ll watch Jets-Bills in Week 1: ‘Hell no’
The Buffalo Bills and New York Jets open up their seasons Sunday with a showdown in Week 1 at Ralph Wilson Stadium. It’s been widely predicted that both teams could struggle in 2017, meaning Sunday’s game could be a real clunker.
With all that in mind, there’s one intriguing person who won’t be tuning in despite strong ties to both organizations: Rex Ryan.
The former head coach for both the Jets (2009-14) and Bills (2015-16) has no interest in watching a game that could be arguably unwatchable for those beyond the respective teams’ strongly loyal fans.
“Hell, no, I’m not going to watch that game,” Ryan said with a laugh, per ESPN’s Rich Cimini. “There’s a lot better games than that one.”
The Jets arguably have one of the least talented rosters in the league. Ryan, who has left coaching duties behind — for now — to sign on with ESPN as an NFL analyst, isn’t as soured on the prospects of success for the Jets, however. Or, at the very least, relative success.
“Oh, hell, I’ll take the over on that,” Ryan said when informed the over-under on Jets’ victories sits at four. “Let’s face it, I had a roster that people were trying to lose with and we won four games [in 2014]. There’s no way this roster is that bad. Remember, we had no corners, we had nothing. You’re able to stumble into four wins. I think this team will be better than that.”
Ryan’s take on the Bills isn’t all that kind, either, as his former team appears to be embarking on a tear-down-then-reload. Ryan wonders if a rebuild is the right course, saying, “To me that’s a mistake. At the end of the day, you better win some games.”
And the outcome of Sunday’s tilt between his former teams? Ryan is picking the Bills “by default.” So there’s that.