Bills legend Jim Kelly has been on the Rex Ryan train from the moment the bombastic head coach was hired to lead a renaissance in upstate New York.
And Sunday, in what is arguably the biggest regular-season game the franchise has played in the last five years, he wants to see his team beat the best.
"We have a very solid football team but the king is coming to town and that's the New England Patriots," Kelly said. "In order for us to get to the top, we got to get through them, so we'll see what happens. I'm so glad that Tom Brady is going to be here because we don't want to hear no excuses when we beat the Patriots today at Orchard Park."
Listening to Kelly now is undeniable proof that Ryan can breathe new life into a franchise fairly quickly. Though his act eventually got old in New York, he was at one time a total celebrity; a coach that was able to transform Jet fan culture during a two year AFC title game run.
Kelly is obviously picking up on Ryan's bravado.
"I feel real good," Kelly said. "Just had my MRI and everything came back negative, so far so good."