Rex Ryan gets testy with New England media, says he’s not obsessed with the Patriots

Bills head coach Rex Ryan is pointing the finger at New England media.
Bills head coach Rex Ryan is pointing the finger at New England media. –AP

Rex Ryan is tired of talking about how much he talks about the Patriots.

During a conference call Thursday, a Patriots beat reporter asked whether the Buffalo Bills coach’s eight losses in nine games against the Patriots keep him up at night, “considering how much time you spend talking about them.’’

Ryan didn’t seem pleased.

“The only reason I talk about them is because they’re the number one team in our division and that’s where we want to be,’’ Ryan said. “I know that you guys always say that I’m obsessed with them and all that, but you’re obsessed with them, not me. I want to beat them, but you’re the ones who talk about them every single day.’’

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Ryan regularly voices his respect for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick — even when he’s not playing them. He’s often self-deprecating about his career record against the team, and goes out of his way to say things like Belichick is “the best coach of all time.’’ Last week, he said of Brady: “What is wrong with him? You get older, you’re supposed to get worse!’’ Brady, 38, is having one of the best seasons of his career, and put up 466 yards and three touchdown during a Week 2, 40-32 win over Ryan’s Bills.

“I’ll tell you this, we prepare for them the same way we prepare for every team that we face,’’ Ryan said Thursday. “But do we want to beat them? Absolutely. Do I want to beat them more than any team? Yeah, because they’ve won. They’re the ones who have won the division, so to me that’s why. But do I obsess with them and all that? You guys write that I’ve lost seven of eight, so why are you even talking to me?

“I obviously have no clue how to attack them or defend them so you guys should talk to someone else that has a better record than I do.’’

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Two questions then ensued about Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, but it was clear Ryan still wasn’t over the previous question.

How has the quarterback improved from Week 2 to Week 11?

“You guys are the experts, you’ll figure it out,’’ Ryan said.

Taylor hasn’t thrown an interception since Week 2. Have defenses been dropping interceptions, or has he been making good decisions with the ball?

“You guys need to do a little more of your homework then to find out,’’ he said. “I’m not going to answer your question, I mean it’s pretty obvious that the guy’s been pretty decent, but you guys will figure it out.’’

More important, Belichick is working to figure out how to frazzle Taylor. He touted the Bills’ ability to win the turnover battle during his Wednesday press conference. But during their Week 2 matchup, the Patriots defense sacked the Bills quarterback eight times and forced three interceptions.

“Of course they want to bury me,’’ Ryan said Thursday. “No question they want to beat me. But this is nothing to do with me, it’s something to do with our team. Yeah, they want to put us away, there’s no question.’’

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