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Rex Ryan challenges rest of league to beat Pats

Posted on: August 2, 2011 8:11 pm
 


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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Comments

Since: Jun 30, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:24 am
 

Rex Ryan challenges rest of league to beat Pats

I am a pats fan tried and true grew up on Cape Cod and Boston  sports ,l also am a NFL fan i love them all and hate some at the same time,any N.Y team s###s ,but i have to say rex ryan is a great motivater and shit talker ,he can stir it up ,he has brought excitement to not only the NFL but the AFC East,and the Pats will kick there asses this year when all is said and done maybe Sanchez can do it in a couple years,but right know we own them .and the rest of you Pats haters suck it up we will represent the AFC



Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:23 am
 

Rex Ryan challenges rest of league to beat Pats

Kind of funny to me. 3 out of 5 against the Pats. And no Super Bowl victiories. Not even an appearance! Yep, play like a Jet!



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:23 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. Oh...and if all the ther teams beat the Pats then it makes it easier for the Jets to get to the playoffs. How about Rex Ryan taking care of things himself ifhe is man enough......apparently, he isn't.



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: August 2, 2011 11:31 pm
 

Rex Ryan challenges rest of league to beat Pats

Seems Like Ryan has been scared straight. I alway liked the guy but challeging the league to beat the Pats so you dont hve to play them is busch league. Punk move. Cowardly.



Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 10:57 pm
 

Rex Ryan challenges rest of league to beat Pats

Rex Ryan has never won anything. He should be fired not talked about in the same breath as a HOF coach like Belichick who pro bowl players lineup to play for.




Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: August 2, 2011 10:22 pm
 

Rex Ryan challenges rest of league to beat Pats

Rex Ryan is the best thing to happen to the NFL in a long time.  He is so much more entertaining than guys like Bill Belichick.  I only wish he coach Minnesota instead of the Jets, but I still like the guy.  There have been a lot of people questioning why he would challenge other teams to beat the Patriots, I think what he was saying is even if the Jets beat them the Pats twice, they could still go 14-2 and win the division.  He is stupid enough to think the Jets will go undefeated, or apparently even think they can go 14-2.  He knows they are going to lose some games along the way, and just wants to make sure the Patriots loose more than the Jets.  This should be an interesting season, the AFC has several really good teams, and the NFC does also, guys like Rex Ryan use situations like this to motivate their teams in the face of strong competition, he talks trash in public, so his players don’t have to, it is sort of brilliant.  I can’t wait for the season to start, and I hope Rex keeps pouring it on, all season long!




Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 10:04 pm
 

Rex Ryan challenges rest of league to beat Pats

Yeah, because Rex looks like Jabba the Hut!




Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 9:23 pm
 

Rex Ryan challenges rest of league to beat Pats

Jets are going to have a very uninspiring season. Get ready for it.




Since: Jun 6, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 9:21 pm
 

Rex Ryan challenges rest of league to beat Pats

Rex has a point though, only Rex (twice) and Rob Ryan beat the Patriots last year. The Jets shouldn't have to win 15-16 games to take the division.



Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2011 9:16 pm
 

Rex Ryan challenges rest of league to beat Pats

I think it is fair to say that the Jets won 3 of the last 5 games against the Patriots (including last year playoff win). Wich other team can say the same. We all challenge the rest of the NFL are you good enough to go out and beat the Patriots? Play like a Jets.


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