ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- After the Buffalo Bills were penalized 14 times in Sunday's 40-32 loss to the New England Patriots -- including flags for unnecessary roughness, taunting and unsportsmanlike conduct -- coach Rex Ryan reflected Monday on the need for his team to play with more "controlled emotion" on the field.
He still took a slight jab at the Patriots, however, who were penalized 11 times in the game.
"They outplayed us, they outcoached us, they outdid whatever," he said. "But there's different ways of chatting and of all that type of stuff, too. Let's face it: New England is not exactly the Boy Scouts of America. All right? So you can say what you want, but the tape doesn't lie either."
Ryan felt that some penalties against the Bills were "borderline" and that officials might have missed other infractions by the Patriots.
"I thought we had a legal block that they called a penalty there and things like that," he said. "We had a player thrown out of bounds after a play was over, and we got a 15-yard penalty. So there are things that are right there, borderline, but it seems like we're not gonna get the break. We just got to be smart, we got to learn to walk away from things and that's what we'll do."
Players in the Bills' locker room after Sunday's loss spoke about the team being "too rowdy," "overly hyped," and "too fired up," but Ryan resisted the notion Monday that any of his players' pregame banter played a part in the undisciplined play.
"It's nothing that I can say about -- we're still gonna be it," Ryan said. "I'm not gonna put a muzzle on our players. For me, it allows a player -- if they want to say something, they have all the freedom in the world to say it. Just like I'm going to. We're not going to say well, 'That's why we lost the game.' That had nothing to do with why we lost the game. And that's the way it is."
However, Ryan admitted he is still learning the personalities of players on his new team.
"You're recognizing that we've got to have that controlled emotion and that aggression and things like that," he said. "We've got to -- the bigger the game, the more calm you got to be. I think we got to realize, ‘Hey, let's play the game.' And we want to be as physical a football team as there is in the league.
"We've always said that. But we want to do it within the confinements of the rules. And I think we got to learn from that and make it to where penalties are in our favor, not the other way. Right now it's hard to play against a good football team and also overcome penalties."
What can Ryan do to stop the penalties?
"Fortunately I've been in the game along time," he responded. "I know some things. If it takes us doing push-ups, we'll do push-ups, too."