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Who calls defensive signals for the Buffalo Bills? Only Rex knows for sure

If you go strictly by what Rex Ryan has said to the media, he has made a change in who calls defensive signals for the Buffalo Bills.

After the Sept. 25 victory against the Arizona Cardinals, the Bills' coach said defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman handled the signal-calling.

On Wednesday, Ryan said he called the signals during Sunday's loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers. When reminded that he had said Thurman was calling defensive signals in the Cardinals' game, Ryan replied, "I never said that."

Actually, he did.

Asked shortly after the game if Thurman was calling defensive signals against the Cardinals, Ryan said, "Yeah, he was calling it."

Regarding the schematic and performance issues that led to the Bills allowing Steelers running back to run for 236 yards, more than any player has ever had against Buffalo, Ryan took full responsibility Wednesday.

"This is on me," he said. "That's how I do it. It's not a magic call. At the end of the day, we've got to put our players in what I feel is in a good position to be successful. We can argue that 'Well, you never did,' OK that's fine.

"If we went back and played the game right now and you could change everything about that game and say, 'You know what? We're going to play eight-man, we're going to play nine-man space, we're going to make them throw to beat us, we'd all sign up for that now because the outcome is we never got it done."

Asked when Ryan took back the defensive signal-calling, he said, "I don't know, when we started doing bad. I'm responsible for it. It's not on anybody else. I'm responsible for everything on that field."


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