The last time the Bills were returning to work after a weekend off, it was following the Jaguars loss in London.
Needless to say, coming back to work this week felt a whole lot sweeter.
“Everyone pretty much wanted us to end our season after we loss to the Jaguars. Everyone pretty much sayin’ it’s over, same old Bills,” Boobie Dixon said. “We stuck together and we bounced back. We’re back in the playoffs, but we gotta win to stay in.”
“We really did some soul searching in ourselves and really focused on where we want to go, what we need to do to get there,” Manny Lawson said. “Right now, our spirits are lifted up high. We’re on a streak now. We want to keep it going.”
Not only are the Bills feeling confident, they’re feeling healthy.
“The fun is in the winning, when you win, everything is good,” Sammy Watkins said. “If you lose and everything is down, everybody kind of angry, mad, even somebody pointing fingers. We just had missing parts and I think for the most part, if we stay healthy, we’ll be alright.”
Rex Ryan said there is no chance Kyle Williams plays on Sunday. Aaron Williams was already out. The Bills had both in September for the first meeting with the Patriots and it didn’t go well.
“500 some yards on offense, 466 yards passing, not that I’ve forgot,” Rex Ryan said with a wry smile. “I know we’ve improved as a football team, I know we have. How much have we improved? We’re gonna find out on Monday. Obviously, we’ve got to improve a ton to compete with this team.”
Many Bills discussed having more control of emotions against the Patriots this time around. Brains, not brawn.
“We’re not going to physically impose our will on them. We’re gonna do it through smarts. Be a smart player, not having as much penalties,” Nickell Robey said. “Knowing when to grab and let go, little things. That’s what’s gonna put this big masterpiece together.”
Rex Ryan did address the firing of his brother Rob by the Saints. Rex said the whole Ryan family understands that this is how the coaching business works.
Rex wouldn’t close the door to coaching with his brother again. However he did say, long ago, they mutually agreed on a path that would take them to different teams. “But I’ll never say never,” Rex said.