Three weeks after Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly spoke out about Rex Ryan’s job security, it seems the two have patched things up. Speaking to WGR’s Sal Capaccio at his annual football camp at Ralph Wilson Stadium last week, Kelly was asked if he had spoken to Ryan since he made comments on The Jim Rome Show about how the Bills coach will be looking for a new job if the team doesn’t make the playoffs.
"Yeah, we already texted," Kelly said. "That's all good."
Back on June 9, Rome asked Kelly about the Bills ending an NFL-worst 16-year playoff drought this year. While most of his comments were about injuries, one sentence stuck out to reporters and fans alike.
“If we don’t [make the playoffs], I think Rex is probably looking for another job,” Kelly said. “I think everybody knows that, including Rex, because for all of us, we have the nucleus to get it done.”
Ryan bit his tongue a bit when asked about the comments following a minicamp practice, but it did seem like Kelly’s words didn’t sit well with him.
“I just think it’s amazing that everything is focused on that,” Ryan told reporters. “I could tell you this, my focus is definitely not on my job security or anything else, mine is on winning man.”
While Kelly’s comments probably aren’t far off with rumors swirling about this season being a playoffs or bust year for the Bills, it’s paramount that Ryan has the support of Kelly, who is beloved by the Bills fan base.
Ryan and the Bills will open training camp July 30 at St. John Fisher College.