"I can sit back and say I don't care who plays quarterback, because [Tom] Brady ain't," Ryan said Sunday. "I don't care who plays quarterback. Steve Grogan can play quarterback. If [Bill] Belichick's playing quarterback, we're coming after him, I promise you that."
A confident Ryan delivered the message after the Bills' 33-18 win over the Arizona Cardinals improved Buffalo's record to 1-2.
The Patriots have not yet announced who will start at quarterback after injuries to Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb). New England, which defeated the Houston Texans 27-0 on Thursday to improve to 3-0, does not have any other quarterbacks on its roster as it continues to ride out Tom Brady's four-game suspension.
In complimenting the success of Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor as a runner in Sunday's win over Arizona, Ryan compared him to one of the Patriots' emergency options at quarterback, receiver Julian Edelman.
"I know how difficult it is to defend against a running quarterback," Ryan said. "That's what we have to be ready [for] in case Edelman quarterbacks, right? I have a funny feeling he isn't going to be Brady back there."