ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - It was intended to be a team-bonding excursion, a way to break up the monotony of their road routine.
But the Jets' Saturday night trip to Dave & Buster's did little to improve their on-field chemistry against the Bills, and instead opened the door for Rex Ryan to be criticized after their 37-14 loss.
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Their arcade trip caught the attention of the Bills, who snapped a three-game losing streak in thorough fashion Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Defensive tackle Kyle Williams, who twice sacked Geno Smith and forced a fumble, quipped after the game: "I think we'll stay off of Dave & Buster's. It didn't work out very well for the other team that had a party there."
Ryan seemed perplexed when questioned about the outing during his postgame news conference, adding that the Jets have "sometimes" gone out together the night before games.
"I don't know why that's added motivation," he said, referring to the Bills. "We do different things when we're on the road. [We] did different things in Atlanta, did different things wherever, so I don't know how that would give added motivation. Your players go out in groups or whatever. We went out as a team, so that's what we did."
Veteran right guard Willie Colon said the outing had nothing to do with their performance. "Listen, that's finding an excuse. I'm not going to seek excuses. We're pros," he said.
"Rex wanted us to stay together, we're trying to build team camaraderie . . . We've got a lot of new faces on the team. It was a team-bonding moment. That's all it was. It has nothing to do with our actions today on the field. Our actions were done by every man in a helmet wasn't able to get it done. And that's the bottom line."
And unlike the Bills, Colon said he wouldn't care about his opponent's whereabouts the night before a game.
"It wouldn't mean anything to me 'cause you still have to play football," the Hofstra product said. "I don't care who we go against. If they go and see the Empire State Building, that's them. They still have to go out and do a job. We didn't do our job today.
"If it was [motivation] for them, it is. But if it was done to me on the opposite end, it wouldn't motivate me no different from if they were in the hotel."