You just gotta love new Jets coach Rex Ryan. The coach has not been afraid for one second to speak his mind from the day he got hired, and Tuesday he was right back at it, telling anyone that would listen that he’s not afraid of one man who will for sure be in his way this year – Pats coach Bill Belichick.
Ryan had already said during a radio interview a few months ago that he didn’t come to New York “to kiss Bill Belichick’s rings.” He explained Tuesday what he meant, adding he’s “not trying to be disrespectful.”
“When I said that about Belichick, I’m just letting him know I’m not intimidated by him,” Ryan said. “He’s got the same position I have. We’re both head coaches in this league. He just happens to have a hell of a lot more Super Bowl wins. I don’t have a win. I understand that, but we’re not going to tiptoe our way through this thing.
“When I said that about Belichick, I’m just letting him know I’m not intimidated by him,” Ryan said Tuesday,
“You don’t line up and beat a Bill Belichick-coached team by tiptoeing in there.”
Ryan also says that he doesn’t take anything back when it comes to some of the outlandish things he has already stated since being hired by the Jets in January.
“We’re going to be ourselves and I’m going to be myself,” he said. “How much more motivation are they going to get by putting a quote from me on the wall, saying I believe in my football team and I’m not going to be intimidated by a coach or anyone else?
“If that’s where you’re going to draw motivation from, hell, we’ll probably kick your (butt).”
If nothing else, the Pats-Jets games this year are going to make for some great off the field talk leading up to them.