WATFORD -- Rex Ryan met with the media this morning at the Bills' hotel and training facility in Watford, about an hour north of London by bus. It was Ryan's first press conference since Sunday's loss to the Bengals, and the longest he has gone between media sessions since before training camp began in late July.
Here's the high points from the first half of his press conference:
"There's some guys who did not travel. We did not anticipate any of these guys being available for the week, but we have not ruled any of them out. Karlos Williams, he's in the concussion protocol, as is Seantrel Henderson. Kyle Williams with a knee.
"Percy Harvin has a non-injury related issue. He's pretty much excused for personal reasons. I'll just leave it at that. We don't anticipate any of these players being available this week. But again, he haven't ruled them out."
Was Percy out with a hip last week or was it personal then, Ryan was asked?
"Right now, this is a personal thing. That's where it is."
How does that square with the league? You reported him out with a hip last week, now it's a personal issue.
"Again, he had the hip before. We know he had been battling the hip, but this is a personal issue."
How do you describe the Bill season so far?
"About .500. So about 50-50. Some good, some not so good. But really, that's where we are. We're a work in progress. We're not where we want to be, but we just got to keep getting better and better every week. If we keep doing that, at the end of the day, we'll be where we want to be.
"We've had a lot of challenges. We've had a ton of injuries. That's kind of set us back a little , bit. It will be great to get a full healthy team together, but right now we've got to make do with where we're at and find a way to get it done. Obviously, we're putting everything we have into preparation for this game.
"Did we want to be better? Absolutely, but we've earned the 3-3 record."
What is the latest outlook on Tyrod Taylor?
"It's too early to tell about his outlook, but obviously he's going through treatments and we'll see how he progresses through the week. I really haven't seen him to tell you any difference. Today we'll see where he's out."
Your top defensive linemen have now weighed in and questioned your defensive schemes, your two highest-paid players. Your reaction and do you anticipate any changes?
"Well, I would probably agree with them. When you look at it ... should we rush more, this past week in particular? That's probably true. I'm not perfect as a playcaller. I know that surprises you guys. But I try to do the best. If I make a mistake, it's going to be something I feel strongly about. If it doesn't work out, at the end of the day, then that happens."
"But I get it. A lot of times ... and I'm going to say this. Mario Williams in my opinion did a tremendous job when we dropped him in coverage. He takes a lot of pride in it and I think he'd done a great job of it.
"I get it. You get paid to rush the quarterback. But we get paid to win. What I was rying to do was get the guy out of rhythm initially. Initially, it worked pretty good, but I lived in it too much. So I, I don't necessarily disagree with Marcell and Mario's views."
In the past, it seems you've had an attacking defensive style. Through six games it seems you're attacking and blitzing less. Would you agree?
"No. I think every game presents its own challenges. But there could be some truth in it. But it's not something I've gone in and said, hey, we're going to cut out the blitzing. I just look at when you try to put a package together for a game, we're a multiple defense that's going to change from week to week."
Rex, why is important to spread the game to the UK and is it working?
"I think it's great, because it gives a greater audience here. Maybe people who haven't been a fan of our football, it gives a chance to witness it. In my opinion, these are the greatest athletes in the world, but it's a different thing.
"I look at soccer, I recognize how great those athletes are. But this is almost, it's so physical and still has its grace and its own thing. Ithink it's a sport that will really catch on. It broadens our appeal to Europe.
"I know soccer tried to come into our country. It's good. If we can get several thousand fans out of this, it's great. And if they can become Buffalo Bills fans, that's even better for us."
Has it been misunderstood as a game?
"No. It's new. It takes time to look at. These games are coming over and these are the best of the best. I think the fans will appreciate that."
(more to come, time to head out for practice)