Rex Ryan Responds to Pete Carroll's Comments Regarding Bills Coach

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 8, 2016

Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan talks to reporters after the Seattle Seahawks beat the Bills 31-25 in an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
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Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan fired back at Pete Carroll in a conference call with reporters Tuesday after the Seattle Seahawks coach was critical of Ryan's comments on cornerback Richard Sherman:

As a matter of fact I do coach my own guys and I'm proud of the team that I coach. We haven't had the results that we shoot for every time but I'm proud of this group and yeah, I have no problem.

I do coach my own guys but I forgot, I guess I should have asked Pete when somebody asked me a question about one of his players, I should have asked Pete about the appropriate response I guess.

Ryan and Sherman exchanged words on the sideline after the cornerback stared at the Bills sideline during Seattle's 31-25 win Monday night. Sherman had drawn the ire of the Bills after an illegal hit on Buffalo kicker Dan Carpenter following an offsides penalty.  

"I had some words," Ryan said afterward. "I think I said, 'You're too good of a player to act like an ass.' I think that's what I said."

Appearing on the Brock and Salk show on 710 ESPN Seattle (via Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com), Carroll said he felt Ryan should have kept his comments to himself.

"I just wish he'd coach his own team," Carroll said. "Just coach your own guys."

While Ryan has a history of commenting on other teams' players, in this case he may have been justified. Sherman launched himself into Carpenter after jumping the snap and being called for a neutral zone infraction—a play that easily could have injured Carpenter's legs. 

What followed was an officiating mess, with referees declining to penalize Sherman for unnecessary roughness and assessing only a five-yard penalty for offsides. The officials then stood over the ball until there were less than 10 seconds remaining on the play clock for what would have been Carpenter's next attempt; the Bills were flagged for a delay of game, leaving Carpenter to miss a 54-yarder as time expired in the first half.

"I went to block the kick. I'm not going to let him make a kick," Sherman told reporters after the game. "When they called offsides, I'm not going to let him have a free play. That's not how I play. So I played until the whistle's blown."

NFL senior vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said the officiating crew should have called Sherman for an unnecessary roughness penalty.

"Referee didn't think the contact was severe enough, he felt that players were coming together and he just didn't think it was a foul," Blandino said on the NFL Network after the game (h/t CBSSports.com's Will Brinson). "We looked at it, it is a foul, it's no different than a defender coming offside and hitting the quarterback after the whistle blew, so it should have been unnecessary roughness."

Sherman later shoved a Bills receiver to the ground on the game's final play, though that was legal because quarterback Tyrod Taylor was out of the pocket. 

              

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