Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan ORCHARD PARK, NY – JANUARY 03: Head Coach Rex Ryan of the Buffalo Bills works the sideline against the New York Jets during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Much like the man he supports in the race for President, Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan is a proponent of media censorship.

The Buffalo Bills released their media guidelines for training camp on Tuesday, and some of the rules will raise a few eyebrows.

There are the standard “do not speculate on injuries in closed practices”, “do not reveal substitution patterns”, and “do not report on trick plays or special packages”, but the policy quickly takes a swift turn into ridiculousness from there.

The Bills effectively banned negative coverage of their players in training camp. Reporters are not allowed to mention basic stats like completion percentage, dropped passes, and interceptions in their training camp coverage.

As one would expect, the Buffalo media is not happy about these measures. Here is just a sample of some of the outcry.

The NFL itself is no stranger to trying to bend the facts to its will, so it should not come as a surprise one of its teams is attempting to do the same here. Not only do policies like this go against the tenants of free speech, they also do a disservice to fans wanting to stay up to date on their favorite team. Hopefully this backlash will cause the Bills to rethink their arcane censorship rules and allow the media to actually do its job.

About Ben Sieck

Ben is a recent graduate of Butler University where he served as Managing Editor and Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Butler Collegian. He currently resides in Indianapolis.

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