By Nick Shook
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It’s been a fairly positive week in western New York.
But even with the good vibes bouncing around Orchard Park, head coach Rex Ryan wasn’t pleased with the end of Saturday night’s 19-18 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, a game in which the Bills committed 11 penalties.
“The mistakes that we made, as I pointed out to our team, it’s like we’ve got to turn the page on that,” Ryan said, via The Buffalo News. “That was last year’s team, and we can’t have that.”
As Chris Wesseling wrote Saturday, Cardale Jones looked much better than the reports suggesting he appeared lost in camp, and his late-game heroics were almost enough to pull off a comeback win. But the second half was also marred by sloppy play, most notably by that of Leonard Hankerson, who dropped three passes.
“He had a horrible game,” Ryan said of Hankerson.
Talk about not mincing words.
“That blueprint was what last year’s blueprint was,” Ryan continued. “And, as a team, there isn’t anybody that’s in (the locker room) that’s happy with that performance just because of that.”
Ryan’s frustration was understandable in an otherwise forgettable contest devoid of multiple starters for both sides. He’s known for considering a victory the first priority, even in the preseason. And with Colts owner Jim Irsay firing shots via Twitter over Ryan’s penchant for playing for keeps, and what’s likely a significant injury to linebacker IK Enemkpali, it makes sense why he’d be a bit ticked off after a one-point loss.
The good news? It’s only Week 1 of the preseason, and there’s still plenty about which to be excited in Buffalo.