NJ.com- But tight end Jace Amaro, now entering his second season, was the first to draw a distinction between Bowles and Rex Ryan, who was fired after 2014 and is now the head man with the Bills.
"He's not really playing around with everyone being late," Amaro said of Bowles. "We had an issue with that last year. Guys just weren't accountable last year as much as they could be. I think that's the biggest thing. [Bowles is] making sure everyone's gonna be 100 percent in or he's not going to be on the team."
Oh come on man. Isn't Rex having a bad enough day. The guy is in Buffalo for Christ sake. No one has had a single good day in Buffalo since Jim Kelly was playing quarterback. No need to kick a man when he's down. Don't forget Jace, the grass is always greener. Turns out 4-12 and a complete shitshow of a quarterback controversy isn't exactly the best fertilizer. However, you guys didn't seem to mind Rex Ryan's label as a player's coach when you were giving him Gatorade bathes at 8 games under .500.
What exactly did you want Rex to do? The guy was already trying to turn piss into wine as it was, did you expect him to further complicate his job by disciplining players? I'm going to go out on a limb and say the players that were late to meeting weren't backup tight ends or 3rd string quarterbacks. I seem to remember a certain starting QB not knowing what a time zone was. It's easy for a coach like Bill Belicheck to sit a player like Jonas Gray after a 4 touchdown effort when he knows he can just plug in another starter without being much of a detriment to his own team. If the Jets started sitting starters that showed up late to meetings they would have ended up with Shane Falco at quarterback in the real life version of 'The Replacements'. Hey Amaro, maybe shouldn't be the first person to speak out when your role could be filled by a fictional deaf guy.
I don't doubt that Rex Ryan was extremely lenient with his players, but Jets' players had no qualms when they were one step away from picketing outside of MetLife Stadium when rumors of his departure we're circulating last offseason. Rex Ryan seems like kind of a vengeful personality, might not be the best move to piss in the coffee of a division rival's head coach that already has a bone to pick. Especially when said head coach has a comparable amount of talent in Buffalo.