As our good buddy and writer Craig Hoffman wrote earlier today, Rex Ryan as always enjoyed ratcheting up the dialogue leading up to the games against the New England Patriots. It started back in 2009 when we learned that Rex wasn’t here “..to kiss Bill Belichick’s rings.” As we know, this has continued for all of these years, right up through 2013.
At yesterday’s press conference, Rex was asked about his respect for the Patriots, based on the record against them during his tenure:
Sure you want to have the consistency of being a perennial winner. You want to win your division year after year after year as that team has. There’s no question. To say that you’re going to model your franchise after them or whatever? Shoot, I’ll take their quarterback. We’ll see how many wins I’d have or whatever, or anybody else. But no, we’re going to be us. We’re going to keep going. We think we have a good plan in place, but at the same time, you’ve got to respect the fact that this team has won it every year, certainly. So (Bill) Belichick and all those guys, absolutely we respect them but we fear none of them. I can promise you that.
He did have a funny quote as well, about whether Tom Brady is like a vampire that needs a stake in the heart so he can’t come back against your team:
I thought about doing all that stuff, but I think the league would fine you (joking, laughter). I’ve been fined enough by the league so I’m going to pass on that. The only way it’s worse than against your brother would be against yourself, obviously. It’s like, ‘Oh, dude.’ That’s him. That really is him. But it’s about them as well. It’s about their whole team. It’s about preparation. It’s about the guy leading them. They practice everything and so it becomes a habit. He believes he’s going to win in that situation.
All kidding aside, I love the way Rex handles these weeks. The Jets feared too many opponents for too many years before Rex arrived. The Jets SHOULDN’T fear anyone. Not even Tom Brady.