Rex Ryan: I won’t ‘put a muzzle’ on Bills players

LeSean McCoy sent the internet ablaze today —  at least until Ted Wells’ DeflateGate report was released — when he accused old coach Chip Kelly of getting rid of “all the black players” in Philadelphia.

Shady’s new coach seems, to nobody’s surprise, perfectly fine with that.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Bills head man Rex Ryan said he will allow his players to freely express how they feel.

“I’m not going to put a muzzle on any of our players,” Ryan said, via “We’re not always going to be lined up.”

In an upcoming issue of ESPN The Magazine, McCoy, who was traded to the Bills in March, admitted to bad blood between himself and Kelly, the Eagles’ czar who, armed with total control over personnel, now answers only to the owner.

“The relationship was never really great,” McCoy said. “I feel like I always respected him as a coach. I think that’s the way he runs his team. He wants the full control. You see how fast he got rid of all the good players. Especially all the good black players. He got rid of them the fastest. That’s the truth.

“There’s a reason why … It’s hard to explain with him. But there’s a reason why he got rid of all the black players — the good ones — like that.”

Ryan, pressed by the media, smartly chose not to further stick his nose in McCoy’s business, giving a weak analysis of his star running back’s comments.

“Everybody’s situation — sometimes guys leave and they’re on … they feel great about it … some guys leave and they’re happy to leave,” Ryan said. “Some guys are disappointed to leave. Again, I can’t even begin to tell you what happened there or whatever. I think you just talk to LeSean.”

That McCoy would go public with such an indictment is a bit surprising. That Ryan would side with his guy, right or wrong, is not. That’s the way he went about things with the Jets, and he’s not deviating from his ways in Buffalo.

New team, same old Rex.

Zack Kelberman
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