Rex Ryan is facing an avalanche of criticism from media and fans over the Bills’ tempestuous summer.
Outsiders wonder whether Rex’s culture lends itself to increased bad-boyishness.
The problem is Rex’s players, most of them acquired and some of them lavished with contract extensions before his arrival, haven’t had his back as strongly as he has had theirs.
Today’s independently thinking athlete is more concerned with his health, his bank account and his happiness than the organization compared with their peers from the 1980s or 1990s.
But the heart of the problem is that a coach cannot implement a culture without winning, and 16 straight seasons without the playoffs despite the front office’s assertion that the Bills have failed to make it only once (under Pegula ownership).
Rex hasn’t helped himself with his brashness, but the beleaguered coach has been resolutely loyal to his players. If they repaid that loyalty, a winning culture might actually take root.