Rex Ryan says he’s not bitter, but he is hurt to be fired by the Bills.
Rex spoke extensively with Manish Mehta from the New York Daily News about his time in Buffalo and his future.
This weekend, Ryan will be a part of ESPN’s coverage of Super Bowl 51.
Ryan thinks he “set expectations too high” in Buffalo. Taking over after Doug Marrone and quarterback Kyle Orton both walked out on the Bills, Rex says he wanted to make sure the Bills realized he believed in the organization.
“I put that truck (with the Bills logo) around town. I was all-in. Even though those other (two) had quit, I wasn’t a quitter. I was ready. And I wanted to be there. And I wanted to win. And I thought I could win,” Ryan said.
Rex now has Clemson colors on the truck. “I’m supporting a winner.”
There were nothing but nice things to say about Buffalo and the people and Rex wishes no ill will towards Bills.
However, he’s not rooting for them, either.
“I’ll be honest: I don’t wish them good luck. I don’t wish them bad luck. I just don’t wish them luck. I wish the Jets luck,” Rex said.
After leaving the Jets, Rex says he was looking for a place where the general manager and owner would support him. He thought that place was Buffalo.
“After what I went through (in the final two years with former Jets general manager John Idzik), I wanted to make sure everyone was on the same page. That’s what I was looking for,” Ryan said. “I wasn’t going to take just any job. Obviously, it never worked out.”
Ryan still hopes to keep coaching, but it must be in a better situation. He leaves no doubt what he thought of how his tenure was handled in Buffalo.
“It takes a lot out of you. I’m tired of getting f—ed,” Rex said. “Unless it’s a real situation, there’s no sense of getting into it again.”
The Bills also announced on Tuesday the departure of 14 coaches from Rex’s old staff.
Among them, the first female assistant in NFL history–Kathryn Smith. Ed Reed, Aaron Kromer and Dennis Thurman were also among the holdovers officially let go by new head coach Sean McDermott.