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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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Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2011 9:11 pm

Rex Ryan challenges rest of league to beat Pats

I love Rex. I love the Jets. I don't like 30 of the 31 other teams. But more so I really hate the Patriots and there ugly coach.

Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 9:06 pm

Rex Ryan challenges rest of league to beat Pats

Nice picture, I think Goodell should fine Belicheck for looking like a slob on the sidelines. No more oversized hoodie sweatshirts with the sleeves cut short. Goodel should use the considerable power of the commissioners office to clean up the sidelines.

Since: Jul 18, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 8:35 pm

Rex Ryan challenges rest of league to beat Pats

It just shows how scared he truly is of the Pats. 

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 8:23 pm

Rex Ryan challenges rest of league to beat Pats

I'm not a coach or anything, but aren't you supposed to challenge other teams to beat YOUR team and not somebody else's?

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