As if there wasn't enough drama surrounding the Bills Seahawks game Monday night. now the two head coaches have exchanged words. Seattle won the game 31-25 to drop the Bills to 4-5 on the season.
Just before halftime the officials butchered a play that involved Bills kicker Dan Carpenter and Seattle's Richard Sherman. Sherman was called offsides but there was no penalty for him wiping out the Bills kicker as he tried a field goal with time running out in the first half.
In the third quarter after picking off a Tyrod Taylor pass Sherman glared at Ryan. The Bills coach said after the game “He’s mean mugging like he’s doing and whatever. The guy’s a great player. I guess it wasn’t as bad as I thought. I thought he roughed our kicker. It was a ridiculous play, no question. Then he’s over on the sideline, taunting us. So I had some words. I think I said, ‘You’re too good of a player to act like an ass.’ I think that’s what I said.”
That didn't sit well with Seattle coach Pete Carroll who said Ryan should just mind his own business. ”I just wish he would coach his own team,” Carroll said on 710 ESPN Radio in Seattle on Tuesday. “That’s it. Coach your own guys.”
Ryan told about that by WGRZ-TV Sports Director Adam Benigni fired back saying “Next time I’m asked a question about one of Pete’s players, I should ask him what the appropriate response is,”
Ryan also responded to a Seattle fan who taunted coach assistant Kathryn Smith.
Ryan rallied to the defense of Smith, the NFL's first full-time female assistant, who was the target of a sexist taunt.
Rochester's WROC-TV filmed a male fan yelling "Waitress!" at Smith and asking her to get him a soda.
Ryan called what the fan yelled as being "ridiculous" and "classless."
Despite having dropped 3 straight games to fall to 4-5 on the season the Bills head coach remains upbeat about his team and this season.
"Well I think the biggest thing is I think we’re a team, and that’s the beauty of this group. I feel great about that. It’s the chemistry of this team, they don’t want to let each other down. It’s no offense, defense, special teams. We’re a team and I think that’s what it’s going to take for us to have a chance moving forward. That’s what it’s going to take and embracing the fact that we are a team and I think that’s it. Were there some encouraging signs? Absolutely. I mean we’re playing against one of the best defenses in the National Football League, we had over 420 yards against them. Controlled the thing. Anthony (Lynn) and I talked about trying to get this team in the deep water and that’s controlling the football, get them into the fourth quarter and try to wear them down. I thought we did that. Obviously we finished a little short and to their credit they won the game at the end, but there’s a lot of good signs about the way our team responded. I love the way the defense responded in the second half. I mean after getting our butts kicked in the first half to go in and basically shut them out for the most part in the second half, I think that’s encouraging. You’re starting to see some of the guys---Shaq Lawson, the kind of player that he can be. He’s got a chance to be a tremendous player for us, but I was encouraged. There’s a lot of positive things, albeit our record isn’t what we want it to be, but I think there’s a lot of positive things about this football team. The big thing is we’ve got to overcome this Eric Wood injury now and hopefully we can get some other guys healthy that they can possibly contribute to our team. That would be a big thing for us. I know we’re going to play as a team, number one, and we’re going to give everything we possibly have. I think I’m encouraged by that more than anything."
The Bills are off this week and return to action against the Bengals in Cincinnati November 20.