Ross Kelly, CBS Local Sports
Perhaps being too emotionally invested is a bad thing.
In what many Buffalo media members were calling the team’s “Super Bowl”; the Bills fell, again, to the Patriots. Rex Ryan had talked a big game all week, while still showing respect to the reigining champs, but it was clear he put a lot into this game. Afterwards, he put the blame squarely on his shoulders and admitted to being outcoached by Bill Belichick:
“I’m going to tell you exactly like I told our team, this loss is squarely on one man’s shoulders. It’s on my shoulders. Yeah we’ve got to get better as a team no question, but I have to get better. Belichick outcoached me, no question about it and that’s how it ended up. It’s unfortunate…Our team will get better, but it starts with me getting better and I’m looking forward to next week.”
Leading up to the game Ryan said only King Kong could cover Gronk, Marcell Dareus said that ‘nobody likes the Patriots‘, and the Buffalo media labeled this the most anticipated game in over a decade. But at the end of the day, all of that hype was too much hype and LeSean McCoy was just one of the players who admitted that:
“I think guys were really confident, it felt like we could get the job done today. With the matchups, we felt good about our approach today. It’s just that I think we got overly hyped, and it kind of backfired.”
Linebacker Nigel Bradham: “We just came out too fired up, I believe.”
Cornerback Stephon Gilmore: “We were just too rowdy. If we would have just [played], then the whole game would have been different.”
The big concern going forward is if this will have an impact on the Bills for the next few weeks, if not the rest of the season. The players, the coaches, and the fans put a lot into this game and a loss like this could have lasting effects. The 14 penalties was indicative of them being over-amped and they’ll have to clean that up if they want a shot at ending their 15-year playoff drought.