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Rex addressed special teams infractions

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2015 – 3:04 pm

Buffalo had 14 penalties in Sunday’s loss to New England and six were committed on special teams. There’s one particular penalty that appeared to be a recurring problem for head coach Rex Ryan that he felt he had to address with special teams coordinator Danny Crossman.

“I met with Danny today about our special teams penalties. That seems to be a big thing,” said Ryan. “There’s a big difference between being aggressive and being foolish.  That’s the number one thing about our football team that we have to understand.  The second guy always gets the flag. Just some fundamental things that you already know, everybody knows.

“The blocking in the back is killing us.  We’ve got to learn from it.  It happened in preseason games, so you hope you learn from there, but it carried over. Thigpen’s going to get at least a 20-yard return, you don’t need that block.  We have to be smart—pass through. Run through it.  You don’t need to make contact with the guy. Those are the things we have to understand and we have to get better at. We’ve got to be smarter at those things.  There are certain calls that could have gone either way, probably so.  But if they’re close enough to call we have to find a way to get better at it.”


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