Coach Jim Caldwell, who is again under scrutiny about his future after the Lions lost their second straight game by double digits, says he is focused on the team’s next game, not on his job.
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“I saw it happen out there; I didn’t think it was a penalty. I don’t think it was a penalty today,” he said Tuesday.
Caldwell again referred to following “protocol” to make sure the NFL knows how the Lions feel about the call, “rather than complain about things that, really, to me, that borders in on starting to worm in on excuse-making, which I don’t want to have any part of.”
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He said, however, that overall, officials make the fewest mistakes during the course of a game.
Ryan delivers little impact on the offensive side of the ball, but defense is where he was expected to deliver results. He arrived in Buffalo proud of his Jets defenses finishing 11th or better in all six of his seasons in New York, as well as his track record of coaching an aggressive and blitz-heavy scheme that often gave rival quarterback Tom Brady trouble.
Yet in the Bills’ three games against Brady under Ryan, the Patriots quarterback averaged 352 passing yards per game and a 103.8 quarterback rating while throwing for eight touchdowns and only one interception.
Ryan declared upon taking the Buffalo job that his defense would lead the NFL, but in his 31 games as Bills coach, that group has ranked 24th in DVOA, 23rd in yards allowed per game, 15th in points allowed, 21st in yards allowed per play, 30th in yards allowed per rush, 15th in net yards per pass attempt, 29th in sacks per pass attempt, 20th in third-down conversion rate and 24th in red zone conversion rate.
Ryan also has overseen a defense that allowed the franchise’s most passing yards in a game (466 by Brady in September 2015) and most rushing yards in a game (236 by Le’Veon Bell in December 2016).