FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Anyone who’s listened to Rex Ryan for, oh, 30 seconds or so over the last eight years knows this win was big for him.
Maybe not big enough to change a tattoo. Or get a new one.
“God, it feels good to finally win here. Been close about six times,” Ryan said after his Buffalo Bills beat the Patriots 16-0, handing New England its first shutout since Dec. 10, 2006, and first ever at Gillette Stadium.
Added Ryan, who wore a Clemson hat to celebrate his son Seth’s win against Louisville in a top-five clash on Saturday: “I can say this for sure, that was about as good a weekend as you can have.”
Ryan freely admits that the Patriots weren’t nearly as formidable without Tom Brady, who was serving the last of his four-game Deflategate suspension on Sunday. Nor were they as tough with rookie Jacoby Brissett as they would have been with Jimmy Garoppolo.
But he doesn’t much care. When Bill Belichick and the Patriots are your personal Moby Dick, you savor the…