If there was any thought that he is indeed obsessed with the Patriots, he put them to rest during his conference call with the New England media. And in the process, he got noticeably angry with the questions he was being asked.
"You’ve lost eight of nine to the Patriots. Is that something that keeps you up at night considering how much time you spend talking about them?"
Here was Ryan’s (irate) response.
You know what? The only reason I talk about them is they’re the No. 1 team in our division. That’s where we want to be. You guys always say that I’m obsessed with them and all that. You guys are obsessed with them, not me. You’re the ones who talk about them every single day. I’ll tell you this, we prepare for them the same way we prepare for every team that we face. But do we want to beat them? Absolutely. Do I want to beat them more than any team? Yeah, because they’re the standard. They’ve won. They’re the ones who win the division. To me, that’s why. But do I obsess with them and all that? You guys write that I’ve lost seven of eight, so why are you even talking to me. I obviously have no clue how to attack them or defend them, so you guys should talk to somebody else who has a better record than I do against them.
Ryan was obviously upset about the accusations that he’s enamored by the Patriots. But with the number of division titles the Patriots have won during Ryan’s time in the AFC East, why wouldn’t he want to be like them? They’re the epitome of consistency.
As angry as Ryan was after that question, he wasn’t done expressing his frustration. He was then asked, "Why are you mad at us?" to which he said this.
I don’t know. I just like the way you guys spin everything. You put everything I say, you take whatever it is, hey, you guys put it out there the way you want to, and I understand it. You guys have covered this matchup for years and years. We’ve got no business being on the same field. That’s what you’ve said. We lost seven of eight. I’ve lost seven of eight against them. So don’t talk to me. I’m sitting back here. I’ll answer the question, whatever, but I don’t know why you even bother.
Ryan will get his change to take out this frustration against the team he’s not obsessed with on Monday night, with the hopes of giving them their first loss of the season.