ESPN analyst/aspiring hot-take artist Rex Ryan dusted off some of his best material recently in an interview with a co-worker.
Speaking with ESPN's New York Jets reporter, Rich Cimini, the former Bills and Jets coach was asked if he'll watch Sunday when those two teams open the 2017 season at New Era Field.
"Hell, no, I'm not going to watch that game," Ryan said. "There's a lot better games than that one."
Ryan hasn't been shy in sharing his thoughts on his most recent team, and did so again with Cimini.
"It seems like anybody Doug Whaley drafted, or did whatever, they're running out of the building, from EJ Manuel To Sammy Watkins, Reggie Ragland, (Ronald) Darby, all those guys," he said. "To me's that's a mistake. At the end of the day, you better win some games.
"Rebuilding is one thing, but the expectations ... I don't understand why the expectations would be set any different than when I was there. The difference is, you actually have draft picks. I never had those. To me, it's like, go ahead. All this talk about how talented they were when I was there, I want to see it on the field. We'll see."
While it's true the Bills didn't have a first-round pick in 2015, Ryan's first year with the team, he knew that was the case when taking the job. He was also in the room when Whaley traded up for Ragland – a decision that was made to give Ryan the tools he needed for a 3-4 defense.
Ryan said the Bills' decision to trade Ragland is "really the one that blows me away. Reggie Ragland was one of our best players, if not the best player, in training camp last year. That injury was must have been significant for his play to drop off."
Ryan is scheduled to provide analysis on the second half of ESPN's Monday Night Football doubleheader, so stay up late for more of his hot takes then.