Orchard Park, N.Y. — Richie Incognito still has a soft spot for Rex Ryan.
Even though the Buffalo Bills‘ guard is excited about the change of culture Sean McDermott has attempted to install since taking over for Ryan as the team’s head coach, Incognito doesn’t necessarily think the way Ryan did things is wrong. On NFL Total Access Monday night, Incognito put his best Rex spin on why the Bills needed a change in attitude.
“The culture change was needed,” Incognito said. “I love Rex, I love what he brought to the team, but I don’t think our locker room was ready for it. I don’t think we had a veteran enough group to be able to adapt to Rex’s system and to be able to make that work. So now we have a young and hungry team, and with coach [Sean] McDermott coming in and being detail-oriented and holding guys accountable, hopefully that helps us take the next step.”
Incognito is right that this Bills team wasn’t ready for Rex, but can any team ever be ready for a coach who mismanages games and has questionable attention to detail when assembling game plans? McDermott is certainly a drastic change, and Incognito has noticed it already.
“The biggest difference with coach McDermott is he brings energy, he brings passion,” Incognito said. “He’s really stressing the football team loving one another. He’s really big on guys getting to know each other, building that winning culture. He’s very passionate. He’s a former wrestler. He brings a lot of good things to the table. I’m most excited about the winning culture that we’re forming. He’s doing a bunch of cool activities like having guys get up and speak in front of…
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