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Rex Ryan challenges rest of league to beat Pats

Posted on: August 2, 2011 8:11 pm
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Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's officially football season but it doesn't quite feel like it until Jets head coach Rex Ryan says something for the sole purpose of getting a rise out of people. (Also acceptable: proclaiming that it's snack time. Requisite naughty language alert on the video evidence.)

Well, now it feels like football season because -- you guessed it -- Ryan had some thoughts on AFC East rival New England. Relatively speaking, the comments were innocuous enough (not even Rodney Harrison would be able to twist Ryan's words into motivational fodder … we think), but media and fans have a knack for blowing things out of proportion. We suspect this will be no different.

When asked by reporters Monday if the Jets are the favorite to win the division, Ryan spoke frankly.

"In my mind. I don’t know about everybody else’s. The first year I got in we were supposed to win six games or five games or four games. I don’t know what the experts say, I just know what I believe in my heart and that’s that this is going to be our year. Again, I think we have to find somebody out there to beat New England besides us, and I think that would help. Anybody out there that wants to sign up for it? Are you good enough as a team to beat the New England Patriots. Forget about us, are you good enough to go out and beat the New England Patriots? I’m challenging the league."

Like we said, hardly inflammatory stuff. But Boston's WEEI labeled it an "ultimatum," and the Boston Herald called it a "new approach to tweaking the Patriots."

But fret not. Ryan did have some (sorta) laudatory words for new Pats' receiver Chad Ochocinco.

"I’ve always said this, when it was Chad Johnson, we could never stop him, but when it was Chad Ochocinco, I’ve been more successful. So I hope he doesn’t change his name back. I have a great deal of respect for him. He’s a tremendous player. I mean an absolute tremendous player, going along with [Tom] Brady and the guys, [Wes] Welker and all those guys. I’m glad we have the corners we have."

See? It could've been much worse, right?

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Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:03 am
 

Rex Ryan challenges rest of league to beat Pats

dj15 did you not watch the playoffs last year?



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:15 am
 

Rex Ryan challenges rest of league to beat Pats

He knows deep down inside the Jets can't beat the Patriots
Since becoming the Jets head coach, he's 3-2 against the Pats.  Seems like he's done a better job of beating the Pats than the Pats have done in beating him.



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:14 am
 

Rex Ryan challenges rest of league to beat Pats

The Patriots haven't won a playoff game since Spygate, do you think that's coincidence?
Actually, Spygate was Week 1 of the season the Pats went 18-1 which includes 2 playoff wins.  Perhaps you should win a SB or at least get to one before running your mouth.

And God forgive me for standing up on behalf of the Pats.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:13 am
 

Rex Ryan challenges rest of league to beat Pats

Rex Ryan is challenging the league to beat the Patriots...because he could not do it when it mattered most.
You mean when the Jets beat the Pats in the playoffs last year in Foxboro?  You're right, going 2-2 in those regular season meetings mattered way more than taking Brady and Co. down on their home turf in the divisional round of the playoffs after losing 45-3 only a few short weeks earlier.  Keep up the good work at making more asinine comments than Rex Ryan.



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 8:25 am
 

Rex Ryan challenges rest of league to beat Pats

Rex will never learn to keep his big mouth shut. He knows deep down inside the Jets can't beat the Patriots so now he wants the rest of the league to do his dirty work so the Jets can back into the playoffs. 



Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 8:21 am
 

Rex Ryan challenges rest of league to beat Pats

The Patriots won there first 2 playoff games during the 2007 season, following spygate. They have since lost there last 3, including the '07 superbowl. I know your a hater, but get it your facts straight!




Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 6:26 am
 

Rex Ryan challenges rest of league to beat Pats

Rex is such a tool.....challenging everyone to beat the Patriots?  So previously all teams have been gearing up to lose to the Pats?  Jets go 7-9 this season....now what!



Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 3:35 am
 

Rex Ryan challenges rest of league to beat Pats

LOL




Sorry, I just thought about Rex Ryan running as fast as he could to a peice of wood and knocking on it when he says these kinda things.

I must say though,...it was more entertaining when they were the big underdogs saying this kinda stuff. It hasn't been the Patriots keeping them from a SB though,...it's been themselves. Maybe he should challenge other teams not to beat them in the playoffs instead.




Since: Jun 6, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:31 am
 

Rex Ryan challenges rest of league to beat Pats

The Patriots haven't won a playoff game since Spygate, do you think that's coincidence?



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:02 am
 

Rex Ryan challenges rest of league to beat Pats

But he beat them in the playoffs, on their own turf? 


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