The 2015 season didn’t go well for Preston Brown and the Buffalo Bills. Brown struggled in Rex Ryan’s defense and at the end of the season, the linebacker claimed that calls were coming in too late from the sidelines.
After a rough season, Rex Ryan challenged Brown to step up.
"I know it's not his personality off the field, he's a very quiet individual," Ryan said. "But you've got to be a leader on it. That's the challenge to Preston, and he understands that. We'll see how he does in that role."
"He needs to step up. We handed that (play-calling) off to Manny Lawson. But Preston, to me, that's going to be a challenge. And we're going to put a pretty good coach with him to make sure that that goes the way we want it to." When asked who will work with Brown, Ryan stated, "You guys know who it is."
Buffalo added inside linebacker Zach Brown in free agency and drafted Reggie Ragland in the second round of the draft, so if Brown didn’t step up in his second year in Ryan’s defense, the team had options. However, it seems that Brown has been thriving this offseason and the coach that Rex Ryan alluded to, his brother Rob Ryan, declared that Brown is going to be a star in 2016.
"This Preston Brown is going to be a star," said Rob Ryan. "He's been fantastic. He's a vocal guy. He is extremely smart. He knows the defense, he knows the in's and out's now. So he's really going to grow in this system and he's got a young player next to him (Reggie Ragland) that is like his twin. They love football. They're both tough guys. And they're going to grow together. We're going to have something special here — you watch.”
"And, believe me," Rob said, "the guy's a smarter guy than anybody out there. He's so intelligent and now he's just becoming more vocal. And you guys have witnessed out there, the growth of this young man is fun to be around. He's loud, he's proud, he knows exactly what he's doing. He knows what everybody on the field is doing. And he's the type of leader we're really going to do well with."
Rex Ryan agreed with his brother in the story and said that Brown has accepted the challenge that he placed before the linebacker and that Brown has “reached the expectations” Buffalo has for him and possibly “exceeded them.”
Optimism is high this time of year, but it sounds as though Brown has really stepped up in his second season in Rex Ryan’s defense.null