An anonymous Buffalo Bills’ player has some harsh criticism for Rob Ryan’s defense.
When the Buffalo Bills couldn’t make the playoffs in Rex Ryan’s first year as head coach, they thought bringing in his twin brother to help the defense would be the fix they needed.
Oh, were they wrong on that one.
In fact, Rob Ryan came into this franchise and completely messed up the entire defense and the players took notice. It resulted in a disappointing 7-9 season that easily could’ve ended much differently with a more capable, all-around defense.
That wasn’t the case. With both Rex and Rob Ryan being fired after Week 16 of the season, some players have spoken out about some of the problems they encountered with the two in control of the team.
First, players were questioning their ability to hold people accountable and discipline the players. LeSean McCoy was one of the players stepping up to speak:
"“I think the discipline has been an issue,” LeSean McCoy said. “Players just [need to take] accountability for their own actions. … I just think as players, as professionals, we need to step up and play accountable. That’s the biggest issue.”"
Sammy Watkins also got in on the action.
"“It’s discipline,” Sammy Watkins said. “Whatever around the locker room that needs to be addressed — on the field, off the field, flags, whether it’s a running drill. … I just think being professional as players [needs to be] fixed first. … Then the coaches have to be hard on us, not scared of us. Get at us, yell at us, curse at us. Whatever to get the player to do that job the best he can, that’s what they need to do.”"
On Friday, Tyler Dunne of Bleacher Report released a series of tweets that described a conversation he had with an anonymous Bills’ player regarding Rob Ryan. The tweets will make you wonder if firing Rex Ryan was really necessary.
There has been a lot of questions surrounding who was calling the defense this season. Was it Rex? Dennis Thurman? Rob? It sounds like no matter who that was, Rob Ryan had a much bigger impact on this defense than just the red zone.
If that’s the case, it’s possible that a lot of Buffalo’s mishaps on defense this season were in fact Rob’s fault.
“Players hated it. Everything we played was dictated off the offense. We had no identity,” the anonymous player said to Dunne.
Apparently, having both brothers on the same team isn’t a good idea and the Buffalo Bills are possibly better off with none. From what this player is saying, it looks like the Bills made at least one good move in firing Rob Ryan.
Now, let’s move on to our last headline of recent, which includes the ever-so-disappointing Dan Carpenter.