Anti-Rex Ryan Movement in Buffalo

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It didn’t take long for Rex Ryan to get questioned in Buffalo.

High-priced Bills defensive end Mario Williams was the first to wonder why he was being restrained from going after the quarterback, and now — perhaps to more damaging effect — franchise icon Jim Kelly has joined the chorus.

“Dropping Mario Williams into coverage a lot? Didn’t we pay him a lot of money to hit the quarterback?” Kelly said Tuesday, according to Yahoo Sports, in London as the 3-3 Bills prepare to take on the Jaguars.

The legendary quarterback, beloved in the Buffalo area, did not mention Ryan by name, but managed to indict his schemes.

“And if I’m the opposing quarterback and I see him dropping into coverage, oh, that’s a big plus,” Kelly said. “I’d definitely have a smile on my face.”

Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus echoed Williams’ complaints Tuesday in the wake of the Bills’ ugly 34-21 loss in Week 6 to the Bengals. The Bills failed to notch a single sack in that loss and have just nine in their first six games under Ryan, known as a defensive pressure guru.

“Hey, like [Williams] said, they pay us a lot of money and we want to use our talents the best way we know how,” Dareus said. “If we’re going to be dropping, we don’t want to get questions about not getting sacks. That’s just how it is. We want to make some plays. We don’t want fans looking at us crazy. We like making plays. We like getting sacks, just being out there exerting a lot of energy and having fun.

“But when we’re dropping, when I’m not out there on third down or just I’m dropping or Kyle [Williams] is dropping or Mario is dropping or Jerry [Hughes] is dropping … It’s not been a lot of times where there have been all four of us, full tilt, ears pinned back and we’re going after it. We haven’t had a lot of that this year.

“Hopefully Rex is going to implement it. There’s nothing we can do.”


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