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Rex Ryan reportedly has agreed to take the head coaching job on the Buffalo Bills. Reuters/Doug Benz/Files


  • The former NFL defensive coordinator was bewildered with the Bengals' defense
  • The Bengals only sacked Mahomes thrice, while the Chiefs got to Burrow five times
  • Changes need to be made in both the offensive and defensive lines of the Bengals this offseason

The Kansas City Chiefs find themselves in Super Bowl LVII staring across the NFC Champions Philadelphia Eagles and Rex Ryan was furious about how the Cincinnati Bengals performed against the Chiefs.

Speaking on a recent episode of "Get Up" on ESPN, an incensed Ryan reflected on the Bengals' mistakes–particularly on not putting the pressure on Patrick Mahomes.

"Why the hell didn't you go after him? I love [Bengals defensive coordinator] Lou Anarumo, I think he's phenomenal, [but] if you're facing Rex Ryan, Buddy Ryan, any other Ryan, [even] my wife? She ought to know to knock the hell out of Patrick Mahomes," Ryan stated on the broadcast.

"You've got to go after this guy. I would've made sure that he knew he was hurt... That's the number one offensive line in the league in pass protection. You only had 30 sacks in the regular season, Cincinnati. Go get him. Over anything, I'm going to knock the hell out of him and see how he feels–remind him he's injured."

Mahomes entered their AFC Championship game against the Cincinnati Bengals with an injured ankle, which was clearly bothering him multiple times throughout.

However, he never made it feel as if it had hampered his performance.

The NFL MVP frontrunner had no problems picking apart the Bengals' defense as he ended up with 326 yards with two touchdowns while Cincinnati's Joe Burrow had 270 yards, one touchdown, and two picks.

Burrow's night was filled with misery from the opening whistle as he was sacked four times in the first half, three of them coming in the first quarter alone, and head coach Zac Taylor made some adjustments to give him more time in the pocket.

However, the same cannot be said about the Bengals' defense after only having three sacks of Mahomes to their name, allowing him to power their offense on a bad ankle.

Ryan, 60, knows what he is talking about since his career was built off making a name for himself as a defensive coordinator with his stints in Morehead State, Cincinnati, and New Mexico Highlands in college.

But most fans know Ryan for his time in the NFL as part of the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl XXXV-winning run as a defensive line coach, a role that he served in until he officially became their defensive coordinator from 2005 to 2007 and once more in 2008.

The Bengals certainly were trying their hardest to go after Mahomes, but in Ryan's eyes, the effort was simply not enough as it allowed the Chiefs to waltz their way into the Super Bowl.

The AFC Championship game may have been marred by controversy because of the officiating, but it is still the Chiefs meeting the Eagles at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, and not the Bengals.

Cincinnati will need to do some work in the offseason to better improve their defensive and offensive line as giving up five sacks in an all-important game cannot happen to them once again.

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