Ryan took several questions about Edwards' comments before asking, "What was Braylon doing? Trying to get a full-time gig or something?"
But Ryan turned serious when asked about Edwards' assertion that Ryan's "ego" was getting in the way of the coach's ability to adapt. "It’s player over scheme so we’ll always do what maxes our abilities, the talent of our players," Ryan said. "Always have. I can agree with Braylon about a lot of things, but I’m 100 percent in disagreement with this one."
Linebacker David Harris took issue with Edwards, but wouldn't elaborate. "Braylon’s not here in this locker room, so he wouldn’t know what’s going on this year," Harris told reporter Jane McManus. “But Braylon is a good friend of mine so I have nothing to say to that."
Linebacker Calvin Pace said the leadership issue Edwards referenced in the SNY interview isn't unusual in the NFL this year.
"It’s a different dynamic, a lot younger group," Pace told McManus. "Where a lot of stuff never had to be said because we were older, now you kind of got to teach guys how to be professionals. It’s the way of the league now, it’s not just us. A youth movement. It’s affecting teams I think. You don’t have the number of vets."
Ryan was protective of the players. "Have things changed a little bit? Yeah, of course they have," Ryan said. "I like our locker room, guys care about each other, so I like our locker room."