ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- As much as things have changed in the AFC East, they still seem to stay the same.
The Buffalo Bills introduced new coach Rex Ryan at a news conference Wednesday, a little more than two weeks after he was fired by the New York Jets. One reporter asked if Ryan was looking forward to facing the Jets, and the bombastic coach took his answer in another direction.
"I'll be honest: I think it's still the Patriots that I want the most," Ryan responded.
The Bills are 3-25 against the New England Patriots since 2001, but the Jets played the Patriots tough in Ryan's six seasons as their coach.
“We’re not afraid of anybody,” Ryan said of the Patriots. “Certainly not afraid of them. I respect them, I recognize the fact that they’ve won our division the last six years -- I think 10 out of the last 11 years they’ve won our division -- but that doesn’t guarantee they’re going to win it next year.
“And that doesn’t mean that we can’t be the team that’s on top of them. I think there’s a lot of talent that we already have here and I can’t wait for that, either. That opportunity, getting to play them . . . they certainly know that I’ll look forward to those games, that’s for sure.”
“We’re going into every game. We expect to win. Period. This team is going to expect to win, regardless of who they play. If they want bring back [former Patriots tight end] Russ Francis and John Hannah to play guard, we’ll play them, too.”