Buffalo News: Rex Ryan is the best salesman anyone could ask for
The Buffalo News has a really good story about Rex Ryan at the Super Bowl media day and doing what hasn’t been done for a long time — selling the Buffalo Bills on a national level.
One of my favorite parts of the piece:
Joe Benigno, the host for WFAN, said it felt odd to call Ryan, “the new head coach of the Buffalo Bills.” He was ranting before Ryan even got his headset adjusted.
“It’s a mistake that they let you go,” Benigno said. “I’m going to tell you. I’ve been a Jets fan since 1965. I’ve got the scars on my body to prove it, all right? It’s very rare that I’ve been against the Jets firing a coach. This was one. John Idzik (the former Jets GM) undermined you. You don’t have to say it.”
“You can say it if you like,” Ryan said.
“I know you won’t,” Benigno said. “He didn’t give you any cornerbacks. It was a joke. Forty million under the cap. He stuck you with Geno Smith as your quarterback. It’s ridiculous. And now, I’ve got to have agita, seeing you in our division twice a year with Buffalo!”
“I really appreciate it,” Ryan said, “and I know how passionate you are about the Jets and things, and it means a lot. But you know what? I had a great time in New York. We all know what kind of community it is. I just want a team that’s that kind of community – tough-minded with a single focus.
“That’s what we’re going to be in Buffalo, and I can’t wait. I know people say they’ve heard it before. But you’re going to see it. One thing I know for sure this organization, top to bottom, is tied in 100 percent. There’s no hidden agendas. The fans, the ownership, you name it, we’re locked in.”