Rex Ryan had expectations as big as every Bills fan for this season, if not bigger. That’s why when he talked about going to the playoffs he genuinely believed it. Now in hindsight, seeing how his words led to criticism for his team which did not meet those expectations, Ryan will be changing his approach.
When asked about what he learned in his first year as head coach of the Bills, Ryan referenced his promises on how his team would perform.
“The biggest thing, obviously, I wish I wouldn’t have said some stupid things that I said. Y’know, I get it. That’s just me. You see the impact it has,” said Ryan. “My heart was in the right place, I thought I was telling the truth. But at the same time, it’s like, ehhh. I never look at it as what if this doesn’t go exactly the way I expect it to go? Well, I’m seeing right now.”
When asked for a specific comment he made that was ill advised, Ryan pointed to his introductory press conference.
“I just think, when I said, ‘Hey, we’re going to be in the playoffs.’ I just honestly 100-percent believed that. I absolutely did. Without question.”
What bothers him almost as much as falling short of those expectations is the criticism his players endured for not fulfilling that promise.
“It’s not the criticism I take, it’s the criticism our team takes that bothers me,” he said. “These guys play hard, man, and they prepare. It just hasn’t gone right. It hasn’t gone the way we wanted it to go. I’m the guy that should be criticized, that’s fine. But when it goes over into the team, that way, our fans, they’re frustrated. They believed like I did. I love the fact that they believed in me. There’s no question about that. I feel bad that I didn’t deliver. That’s how I look at it.”
Ryan then admitted he’s likely to change his approach when it comes to making bold statements even though he won’t change who he is as a coach and person.
Probably so,” he said. “You look at the impact your words have in a negative light then, yeah, I guess so. Finally I’ll learn from it. But I look at it as I’ve got to be myself, who I am as a person. The fans get a true idea-if there’s a negative thing, a criticism or whatever, I’d rather it be about that than being so tight-lipped that nothing truthful comes out of this building. I’d rather them see an honest picture of who we are. And I’m proud of who we are.
“Is it perfect? Nope. Certainly not. But that part of it, I’m never going to change. The part about making the boasts and all that—as bad as I truly believe it, maybe I’ve learned that , ehh-maybe it’s not the smartest thing to do.”
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