For the second week in a row, a national website reported before kickoff that the Bills could fire coach Rex Ryan in the coming weeks. But interestingly, ESPN added Sunday that not only is Ryan's dismissal forthcoming, he's aware that he'll be fired.
Ryan denied that report after beating the winless Browns, 33-13.
"Trust me, that one’s definitely not accurate. I don’t know where some of these things come in," Ryan said. "I’m absolutely not aware of that."
"I know this is bad, it seems like it," he added, "but to me it’s, hey – I’m just going, business as usual, getting my team ready. Now, is there negative talk, do I understand it? Yeah, I get it. But all I can do is affect what’s right in front of me and get this team to play up to our abilities and I think that’s what we did."
When firing rumors circulated late last season, team owner Terry Pegula released a statement backing both Ryan and general manager Doug Whaley. But with the reports exponentially more intense this season, ownership has been silent on the issue. Ryan, however, said he didn't need a vote of confidence from Terry or Kim Pegula.
"Of course you’d appreciate that, but it’s not necessary," Ryan said. "That’s how I look at it. I just want to go – I’m going to go beat Miami. We owe them that. They’re going to get the very best we have."
Ryan reiterated that he speaks with ownership frequently. He said their last talk was on Saturday to go over the gameplan – he didn't explain why ownership needs to know the gameplan – but added that he hasn't bothered to ask about his job security.
"I know what my job is. My job is to get this team ready to go, so that’s what’s important to me," Ryan said. "I guess I’m a little more confident in myself and my abilities than maybe others are."
Ryan also said that he didn't hear about the latest report prior to the game.
"I never did and I really don’t care," he said. "Because here’s what we have in common. Everybody in here, nobody knows what my future is. A lot of you don’t know what you’re future is, either. So, to me, I just prepare the team to the best of my ability and that’s what I’m going to do."