By Ross Kelly
Throughout Rex Ryan’s stints as coach of the Jets and Bills, he’s never been adverse at throwing jobs here and there. The targets of those jabs have usually been opposing coaches, players, or referees. However, after a recent practice, Ryan took some shots at his own Bills’ players and basically called them ‘soft’ without actually calling them ‘soft.’
On Thursday defensive tackle Kyle Williams was called on to take some snaps at tight end as Ryan wasn’t happy with the blocking of his normal tight ends. After practice Ryan explained the reason for Williams’ insertion:
“The tight ends, you know, sometimes can be little babies. They’re all upset because … ‘Ah, well you’re putting Kyle in there.’ Well, ’cause he can block somebody! So that’s probably the real reason. I said, ‘Look, outside of Mulligan, I don’t see anybody blocking anybody.’
If you watched the Jets on Hard Knocks a couple of years ago, you would recognize the name Mulligan as that of Matthew Mulligan. He played under Ryan for three years in New York and was routinely praised by the Jets’ staff for his blocking ability.
The Bills better hope and pray that they don’t need Williams on the offensive side of the ball. He is a 4x Pro Bowler and the leader of the Bills defense and far too important to be lining up on offense. Also, the team recently signed Charley Clay to a $38 million contract and gave him the most guaranteed money for a tight end in NFL history. In all honesty, Ryan using Williams at TE says more about his disappointment in his tight ends than it says about Williams’ ability at that position.