On the same day the Bills introduced an absurd media policy restricting how reporters communicate what happens in practice, Rex Ryan could barely wait to let writers and broadcasters covering the team’s second OTA workout know just how well his defense is communicating internally.
You might recall that “communication” became the buzzword for the revolt Ryan had last season as the NFL’s fourth-ranked defense in 2014 plummeted to 19th. Player after player sounded off about how difficult it was to grasp the new scheme, largely because of all of the adjustments required after the initial signal call.
Ryan will never be convinced his defense is flawed. And without any prompting, he made it clear that Bills defenders were already dialed in mentally. “I think we are a zillion miles ahead of where we were last year … especially in the communication part on defense,” he said.
Ryan might as well have said: “Don’t communicate the drops, interceptions and other mistakes we make in practice. But make sure you communicate that we’re communicating well.”