Old habits are hard to break.
First, Rex Ryan read the stat sheet wrong. He was mistakenly studying the numbers of his old team, the New York Jets, and not those of his Buffalo Bills.
"Then, I'm looking out there, and I spent six years coaching the green and white," he said. "And hell, I look out there and my team's in red. I'm like, 'Who are these…? Oh, shoot, that's us!'"
It's easy to understand why Ryan was in an upbeat mood Thursday night. After all, he could breathe again. Despite nearly frittering away a 19-point lead, Ryan's Bills held off a late flurry to beat the Jets, 22-17, in a pivotal AFC East matchup.
There was a huge buildup...