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Rex Ryan: 'This is a huge, huge game'

Transcript of Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan's media session Wednesday at One Bills Drive. Provided by the Buffalo Bills.

Head coach Rex Ryan

Opening Statement:
I am not at the top of my game right now, I am not responsible for anything I say. I should that with an opening thing every single time I do a press conference, you know it. Maybe that will cover it. Obviously this game is a huge, huge game. Both teams come in with the same record, both shooting for the same thing. It sounds like a broken record, but it is the absolute truth. They are hot and they have won four games in a row. They are playing really, they are playing complimentary football, the quarterback has thrown over 250 passes without a pick. So he is doing a great job, the old game manager. But he does a great job that way. I think Bob Sutton is doing a tremendous job with that defense. They have a lot of talent over there, two excellent pass rushers off the edge, the Houston kid [Justin Houston], and Tamba Hali. And then you got the big kid in the middle is a good player. Mike DeVito does a solid job in there for them. So it is tough. I like the rookie corner they got. He is probably, him and [Ronald] Darby probably the two best young corners, you know coming out in the draft. I haven’t seen the kid from Minnesota but he can’t be as good as these two. I think Darby is a little better, but I really like this kid man. I liked him when he came out. They don’t care who they put him on, so will you see him on Sammy [Watkins], you probably will. He was on AJ Green the whole game. So we will see. They are doing a great job, their special teams, talk about speed. This team can run. They have some guys, the kid that hawked down Sammy when he busted an 80 yarder against me, he is playing for them now, [Saalim] Hakim. Sanjay Lal used to call him, Ryan was he last name because that was my guy. But he is doing a good job for them. They got the left footed [Dustin] Colquitt the punter, so one of like 20 in the league, I think. He is punting well for them. You got Andy Reid looking good, slimming up. He looks good, big Andy, but he is not that big anymore. With that I will open it up for questions.

Q: They admitted they made a mistake at the end of the game on the Sammy Watkins play. Do you have a reaction to that?
A: You know what, I think the officials tried to do the best job that they could do. I don’t think there is any doubt about that. You know do mistakes happen? Look we made a mistake in coverage. We were pretty sharp on defense but we weren’t razor sharp, we allowed the big 50 yard completion that was on us, as much as it was them. So mistakes happen on the field. Obviously when they go against you, you feel your reaction in time may be different. But it is the human element in this game, and sometime mistakes do happen. But yeah you feel upset about it. I was upset, I will give you an example. I was really upset with the officials when we had too many men on the field. Remember when we were running guys on. Because I was, I was looking at their personnel, they are running a guy on the field. They are getting in a heavier group, so I was going to get a heavier group on the field. We were in sub, I was trying to get base personnel on the field, because I see their tight end running on.  And as that happens by the letter of the rule, the guy doesn’t get inside the numbers, he is sprinting down the field, to get on the field and yet he never gets inside the number. So technically by the letter of the rule he doesn’t have to go in. So he makes an about left as my guys are on the field. And that is why we ended up being short. It is embarrassing the fact, we got caught with whatever. Well we are trying to substitute based on their personnel which you have time to do, but he doesn’t cross the numbers. So the officials are absolutely right on that. We got the old okey doke and Scott Chandler makes a nice out cut. As he is sprinting down the field makes an out cut, as my guys are on there. But that is on us, I got to know that is, that happened. But the officials they made it right, I thought they were wrong initially on that play.

Q: What is Tyrod Taylor’s health status for this game?
A: I think he is going to play. I think he is going to play. He feels better today than he did. Which is good.

Q: Is he full go in practice?
A: He is full go today. We are in walkthrough. He is going to be out there. He can handle it.

Q: Any worries with his range of motion or anything to that affect?
A: I lean on the doctors about him. They feel he is going to be just fine.

Q: Is there an official diagnosis on him?
A: It is on the right side of his body. Upper body injury. That would be the hockey term. It is in his shoulder.

Q: Will he need to play better than he did in New England?
A: I think we all do. Like I said we did a lot of really good things but golly we made… and like you say there is always a well we made a mistake here and there.  No, no guys it is way, way less than it has been. Like you know could we…he is one of the most accurate deep throwers in the entire league. Might be the most accurate deep thrower.

Q: Wasn’t the other night.
A: He was not. Exactly. It just missed, and we were short on some things. We thought going in, our plan was we were going to take some shots. If we hit a couple of them, the game is a different outcome, I think. But we didn’t hit them. So would we like to see Tyrod be more accurate with the deep ball, yeah because that is what he is, so absolutely we do.

Q: Do you think what this defense looked like the other night was what is was supposed to be the whole year? That is what people assumed the defense was going to look like under you.
A: I get it. That is what everybody assumed, look I assumed it too, that we were going to be further along. But there had to be, there are times trying to understand your players, understand fully what they can do and things like that. I don’t know if you necessarily get that, get it all wrapped up initially through training camp and all that. You think you do but until you go out and play in some games and things. We had to adjust a lot of things based on injuries and availability of guys. But at the end of the day we knew we had a really good plan. And I also knew we were going to be able to execute it. I felt comfortable that our guys mentally would handle it. It wasn’t perfect, like as I mentioned the one 50 yard pass, that was on us as much as it was them making a play. We are still not right where we know we need to be to beat a team like New England, but we are working extremely hard to get there.

Q: In terms of the pressure, it was chaos and that is what people think of your defense and I don’t know if we have seen that throughout the year?
A: I think that is fair to say. I don’t think there is any doubt about it. But again it is more of a balancing act. Look I made a mistake tying into what was effective the year before. Running similar defenses to what they had done the year before. But that is really not to me especially when you play New England probably the best way to go. Obviously evident by the week two performance. Okay I knew better, I am sitting back there I am telling Dennis Thurman I knew better. I know how to defend these guys. I should have taken that approach instead of hey we got this talent we can do this, this is what we know how to do. Right now this is our defense, this is what we will be moving forward. And each game is different this team is going to screen you a zillion times. They run all kind of different things, it is a different, the quarterback is different, I am not saying he is Tom Brady, he is not. But he runs, there is different challenges. On each opponent there are different challenges. So will it look exactly like it looked this past week? I doubt it. Now do we think we will be effective, absolutely.

Q: Where you given an explanation to why there was no time put back on  the clock after the Robert Woods review?
A: No, I was asking and things like that but they did not.

Q: There was a report that Ray Lewis spoke to your team Sunday night. Is that true and what did he say?
A: Well I am not going to get into what he said. I will just say that it is true.

Q: How disappointed or concerned are you that Sammy Watkins hasn’t gotten targeted enough?
A: Well I’m not saying there were some concerns on my part. But it’s more the, we got to find ways to get him the football because he is that talented and that’s a challenge to our staff, and everything about it. Even our quarterback. Like let’s get Sammy Watkins involved more and regardless of what people play because he is such a talent. It’s almost like, you know if you don’t use LeSean McCoy that’s a mistake. I mean we need to use LeSean McCoy and Sammy falls right into that as well.

Q: What is it a function of?
A: Well I think everything’s a part of it. We thought we had a big mismatch with Chris Hogan against their guy. Which we did, right, and that’s fine. But that doesn’t mean we can’t find a way to get Sammy (Watkins) the football. So, you know we’re looking at everything and trying to use all of our guys. But the thing you got to love about Sammy is he’s never wavered. He just goes out and competes. Late in the game, makes that one handed catch. You know he’s had a terrible day and he comes…to his standards he hadn’t had the catches or the impact that he wants to have and all of us except to have. But it’s not him, he’s busting his tail and it just show you. Game on the line and there you go, he makes that kind of catch. That’s the kind of player he is and we knew it. We just got to try to figure out how we can get him more involved.

Q: You said even if he’s double covered, he’s good enough for your quarterback to test that coverage.
A: Right. But I think there’s also things about risks rewarded. If you think you got a Charles Clay in a match up…if they’re going to double Sammy (Watkins), that’s fine. That move, other guys have opportunities and I think part of that…like we knew Chris Hogan, might have had a much bigger day had we been maybe more accurate with the football due to whatever the circumstance. You know he might have had a bigger day, even. But there’s always the thing, you’re not gonna go and say well, Sammy Watkins is gonna get the ball 20 times. Well that’s fine. You know what are you gonna put him at tail back? The main thing is trying to find ways to win the game and that’s what we’re all about. Do I think he can help us by getting him the football, more involved? I absolutely do.

Q: Was the interference they called on you because you were in the white?
A: I have no idea.

Q: Are you impressed with Nickell Robey so far and feel you are utilizing him how you hoped too?
A: Yeah we used him…I mean on the touchdown we gave up, we had a blitz on that with simulated pressure. We got him wide open on the quarterback on a four man rush. You know there’s…I think they know where he’s at and all that stuff. But he does a good job for us, so I’m not disappointed with him at all. I think teams are attacking us a lot differently than they probably have done in the past, as well. I think you guys know that.

Q: Does he surprise you with what he can do for a guy of his size?
A: Yeah but he gets after it, there’s no question. You know he’s had…Sometimes the height gets you a little bit. I know (Eric) Decker kind of…you know they used that height, sometimes. But man he makes up for it. He’s smart, competitive and obviously really happy that he’s here with us playing nickel. I’ll tell you another guy that I think is play well for us is Leodis (McKelvin). I think Leodis, he missed a lot of the work last week with the illness. Throw him back there. Even during the course of the game, hey go play safety, go do this, go do that, and he jumps right in. So we have two guys that I think are really good nickel players.

Q: Do you think Mario Williams will play on Sunday?
A: We’ll see. You know he’s running around on a scooter right now. So if that gives you any indication.

Q: What do you see from the Chiefs?
A: Well I see a team that’s really peaking. I mean they’re playing, like I say, extremely well obviously. They’ve blown some teams out and its complimentary football. They do a great job and they get a lead. They got as good a pass rush, you know a great pass rush, combined with tight coverage and then offensively they can make plays. This tight ends playing really well for them, (Travis) Kelce, the kid from Cincinnati. So they do a lot of things. Screens are going to be huge in this game and that’s the thing that obviously we have not defended the screen really well this year. But they’ll get you on the perimeter with the wide outs, tight ends screens, bubble screens, running back screens -  so screens of all kinds. We have to do a great job with that.

Q: You put a waiver claim yesterday on Quinton Coples. What did you see from him and what is your reaction to Mike Tannenbaum picking him up?
A: Well I’m a little upset with Tannenbaum cause yeah I wanted him. I mean obviously the guys a talent. You know I know him extremely well and I think he would have fit in with the group that we have.

Q: What is the update with Kyle Williams?
A: Yeah I feel good about Kyle. I think he’s…you know I think I gave you a 50/50 whether he plays. You know maybe that’s still probably where it is. But we feel pretty good about the latest, what MRI or something like that. It looks like he’s, you know may have a chance to come back this year.

Q: What are the challenges of having potentially both Mario Williams and Kyle Williams out?
A: Obviously we’ll have somebody else up this week cause last week we were really depleted and that kind of cost us a time out. We never knew Marcell (Dareus) was down. We’re coming back, we think he’s in there and now all of a sudden we run base defense – we can’t even play base defense. So when you’re trying to get Richie Incognito ready to play base defense, that’s probably not a great thing. So you know it definitely was…you know we have challenges and all that type of stuff. But our depth, we feel good about our depth. Now we just gotta bring them on and if Mario…if he can go that’s awesome. If he can’t go, we gotta couple decent players behind him in (Alex) Carrington and IK (Enemkpali).

Q: How close were you to playing Richie Incognito on defense?
A: Like really close.

Q: Was he ready to do it?
A: Oh yeah, no questions. He’s ready to go. He’s trying to get the checks in.

Q: To clarify with Kyle Williams, did you mean this year he can come back or this week?
A: No, no. This year.

Q: What are your thoughts on playing at Kansas City on their field?
A: I wish it was at home. But you know it definitely presents its own problems, there’s no question about it. So we got to be on it. You have to have silent counts. You have to have all those types of things when you play there. Extremely loud. Loyal fan base. Probably as near to our fan base as there is in the league.

Q: When you look down the road at the wild card race, the Chiefs are right there. How big is this game?
A: Oh no absolutely, it’s huge. This game is absolutely a huge game and when you’re getting in to it, the teams that you are battling – I mean you’re exactly right. Head to head’s the first factor that goes into. So you’re going to be right there with this team, that’s why obviously the winner of this game obviously has a huge leg up over the other one. So whatever it takes, we’re trying to do whatever we can to win this game.

Q: Do you think Marcus Easily is out with a concussion?
A: He is going through the protocol. But you know if you don’t finish the game…very rarely I’ve seen a guy…I can’t even see if I’ve seen one that if a player doesn’t finish a game, he generally misses the first week. Even through the protocol, I know they can go through those steps or whatever. But I don’t recall a guy ever being that. I could be wrong. But just the ones I’ve been around, I’ve never seen a guy come back.

Q: What about injury updates on Marcell Dareus and Bacarri Rambo?
A: Yeah I expect them to. If they finish the game you pretty much assume that they’re gonna be ready to go.

Q: But Marcell Dareus should play? I know he was a little dinged up.
A: Yep. We feel good about him.

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