Rex Ryan: “We’re going to be tough to beat”

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After sticking his foot in his mouth about how many rings he’d have if he coached the Chargers, Jets coach Rex Ryan has promised not to talk any more about Super Bowl rings.

But Ryan is still Ryan, and that means he’s still talking. And after having a day to reflect on Sunday’s win over the Chargers, Ryan said he’s feeling very confident in his team.

“Absolutely, if we play like that we’re going to be tough to beat,” Ryan said. “There is no doubt.”

At 4-3, Ryan’s team is still behind both the Patriots and the Bills in the AFC East, and there are six AFC teams with better records than the Jets. But Ryan says his team always goes on a late-season run.

“We’ll make our run,” Ryan said. “We’re 4-3. We’re behind where I thought we’d be, but we still have a lot of football in front of us and we’re playing teams that we have to beat.”

The last two seasons have ended with the Jets in the AFC Championship Game. Ryan doesn’t see any reason they can’t go a step further this season.

“I can certainly understand why people would say, ‘Well, they’re not as good as this team or this team,'” Ryan said. “I mean both of those teams [2009 and 2010] went to the AFC Championship Game. We’ll see if this team can go to that spot or beyond.”

102 responses to “Rex Ryan: “We’re going to be tough to beat”

  1. It’s a little know fact, but Rex also feels that the foot fetish video he filmed with his wife should’ve won an Oscar…

  2. I hope he remembers saying this when they are watching the playoffs from home. Their schedule is pretty tough the rest of the year, and finishing with 6 or fewer losses is going to be rather tough.

    2 games against Buffalo
    home against New England, Giants, KC
    @ Philadelphia, Washington

  3. Play like what? You played like crap, SD played worse and the officials were even worse yet…you won due to the perfect storm of incompetence…shut the hell up…

  4. rex dont even know the down, come crunch time!

    this is a good squad, but theyve got a mediocre coach, and a mediocre QB. they wont win a playoff game this season

  5. Ok…they beat Miami and the Chargers. A highschool team could beat Miami. The Chargers?…well the Jets did play well in the second half. Rex sure recovered quickly after shooting himself in the foot…..Hmmmm…is that why he hired Placebo Burris?

  6. Some random thoughts here ….

    1) Does this guy EVER shut up?

    2) You’re 4-3, you’ve beaten one team with a winning record. Relax. There are 9 more games to go. You’re a 10-6 team at best.

    3) Do you think every team you face is going to gift-wrap a win for you the way San Diego did yesterday?

    4) How many years do you really think you can “back into” the playoffs without winning your way in?

    5) Does this guy EVER shut up?

  7. I’m not a fan of his, but it would have been nice if the article showed the context of his comments. If he was asked, was he supposed to say his team wouldn’t be tough to beat?

  8. This story is a complete exaggeration. I heard this NY radio interview and yes, he said those words but this story makes it sound like he just started bragging and that’s not what happened. He was asked about how the Jets shut out the Chargers 17-0 in the second half and he said that if they could play like that all the time they would be hard to beat. He never said that they “would” play like that and, therefore, be hard to beat.

  9. Rivers is overrated. He GAVE them that game with his incompetence. 3 touchdown passes under 5 yards each to the felon does not make them a playoff team. Sanchez is horrible. The running game is horrible. This team is horrible. No sneaking up on people this year fat boy.

  10. I think the reason the Jets had such success the last two years is because when Rex Ryan made this kind of statements, the players actually believed him, but now clearly they are starting to doubt him.

  11. Alright Rex we get it!!! This team is the best team that ever existed, will be the team to beat, everyone should be very, very afraid of playing your soon-to-be-champs and blah, blah, blah!!!

    Just shut up for once and just play! Two weeks ago you were 2-3. Now you’re 4-3 and that gives you license to act like a blow-hard? Winning 2 games in a row makes you tough to beat?

    And what about this late season run you mentioned? Correct me if I’m wrong but how many games did you lose last December? I guess if all the other teams you play this year get called for stupid penalties only to fold in the 4th quarter then yeah the Jets will be real tough to beat.

  12. Wow! Saying “We’re going to be tough to beat” really gets this much negative attention? I’m not a Rex Ryan fan, but c’mon, all he said was that it wouldn’t be easy to beat his team. You people are pathetic. And this is coming from a Rex Ryan hater.

  13. Most of the simpletons that comment here won’t care.. but this is simply a parsing of a quote from Rex’s presser today. It was not a stand alone brag about the team.. it was part of a larger discussion regarding how he thought the team played in the 2nd half.

    This is really an attempt to create something out of nothing… its amazing to me how often PFT choses to chop up a comment from the Jets’ daily pressers in order to to manufacture a story.

    I know the YouTube level commenters here have difficulty with comprehension… but the NFL mandates that the team hold these press conferences, its not like Rex is out there on his own looking for a microphone to stand behind.

  14. How to beat the Jets:

    1. Don’t turn it over

    Well…that’s basically all you need……Sanchez blows, so you don’t have to worry about their offense. Jets defense puts the O in great position to score all the time.

  15. MARK MY WORDS!!!!!

    the jets will be impossible to beat in january and february

    its impossible to beat a team that u arent pkaying because they didnt make the playoffs

  16. @tramonisland
    “The Ravens, Patriots, Saints, Packers, Niners, Bills, Steelers, and Lions all disagree.”

    Why are the Lions on this list? I get that they have a better record than the Jets, but anyone who has watched football over the last 2 weeks knows the Lions are going downhill fast. I think the Jets suck, but the Lions aren’t all that great either.

  17. doctorfootball,

    has Bill Belichick, Mike Tomlin, Mike McCarthy,Sean Peyton,Tom Coughlin,Tony Dungy EVER SAID”We’re going to be tough to beat” ?

    Didn’t think so, but at 4-3 the statement makes alot of sense? Please share with everyone the last HC to make such a dumb statement?

  18. Here we go again, another gift-wrapped win from another choking team(see Cowboys) and they’re a threat? Maybe the back stabbing will stop for a week, but until a road win or an earned win against a quality opponent they’re a 9-7 team looking for help to get into the playoffs. Wonder why jets apologists aren’t complaining about the refs today. They name streets after you guys(one way).

  19. Listen foster is playing for 525k this year. Aaron foster the rb for those of you who don’t know who i’m talking about. He’s in his last year and I doubt the Texans will sign him. Watch him go to the jets and then watch out..

  20. Rex saying the Jets are going to be tough to beat is like me saying I am the greatest QB to ever live… wishful thinking.

  21. If Rivers played even a mediocre game and/or could remember time, down & distance during an absolutely horrible, mind-boggling last drive, the Jets surely would’ve lost. And Rex would’ve said the EXACT same thing.

  22. Thank god the jets have a buy this week. Now we only have to see 2 jets related stories on pft per day instead of the usual 5 or more. Hopefully sexy rexy’s team is mathematically eliminated from the playoffs soon so he can get his guarantee for next years SB in early

  23. I think Ryan is a tool…but this site and the headlines rope you idiots in to thinking that he is just making random statements. He was discussing the Sunday game and stating that if they play like try did at the end of the game vs. SD that they can make a run. You dummies fall for the bait every time. Is he supposed to say…I think we are a terrible team and will miss the playoffs. Ryan is a blowhard but this site uses his quotes out of context to make him look even worse.

    You fan do the same with Dungy on SNF. He is an analyst and gets asked questions all the time about various matters and answers the questions. Anytime Dungy has a quote 75% of the people come here and say that no one cares what Dungy thinks. He is not making random observations but just doing his job as an analyst. No…I don’t care what he thinks either but he is not trying to impose his opinions in a self seeking way.

    Some of you guys need to pull your heads out and understand media 101!

  24. I have no idea why everyone acts like Rex Ryan talking about Super Bowls is some act of moral depravity. They stick a mic in front of his face and Ryan talks–so what?? Whether the Jets win the ultimate prize will be determined by what they do on the field of play–NOT by what Ryan says or doesn’t say in his press conferences. Is it my particular favored style?? No…but there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s not like he’s trying to instigate physical altercations on the field with opposing coaches like Schwartz in Detroit.

  25. Let me get this straight: you barely beat a team with a soft coach, a QB that doesn’t know it’s fourth down with a minute left and you’re going to be tough to beat?

    What Rex has created is a gaggle of 31 other teams that can’t wait until they are eliminated from playoff contention (if he gets it correct this time) to hear his excuse and the inevitable, “We’ll get it next year.”

  26. this is a great example of why people should hate the media. PFT completely took his comments out of context. he was asked if his team played like they did in the 2nd half would they be tough to beat. he said ya we would be tough to beat if we play like we did in 2nd half. Im so sick of the media. o yea and all you rex ryan haters, get a life already. hahahahah foot. hahahahahahah foot. get it. because he has a foot fetish. seriously. grow up.

  27. Hey Rex, sorry, but the word is out. The officials aren’t going tp be able to bias their calls again this year to make sure you win a game. Your team stunk so bad that they had to give you all those calls in one game, just so you could save feet,er…face.

    The jets are now on their own.

  28. wow! Rex said he thinks his team will be tough to beat. Can you believe the ego on this guy? Tough to beat! What a jerk! /sarcasm

    And the jets may only be 4-3 but they’re playing Buffalo and NE next. Also NE is playing Pittsburg in Pittsburg, which is never easy, and then the Giants. Just sayin. Don’t be surprised if the jets are 6-3 and the Pats are 6-3, or 5-4! And Buffalo could easily lose 2 of their next 3 (Jets, Dallas).

    At least I hope that’s what happens…

  29. Predictably, there’s a lot of “Why won’t this guy shut up!??” comments on here.

    This is hardly big talking, guys. It’s a small, typical statement from a presser – you know, the part of his job where he’s *asked* to speak – that got run as a “news story” by this site because everything that Rex Ryan says is now considered news.

    …Which of course because he never shuts up, so here we are back at square one.

    (P.S. – The Jets ARE going to be tough to beat)

  30. ampats says: Oct 24, 2011 8:45 PM

    doctorfootball,

    has Bill Belichick, Mike Tomlin, Mike McCarthy,Sean Peyton,Tom Coughlin,Tony Dungy EVER SAID”We’re going to be tough to beat” ?

    Didn’t think so, but at 4-3 the statement makes alot of sense? Please share with everyone the last HC to make such a dumb statement?
    ======================================
    Terry Francona, 9/1/11

  31. (Insert Comment telling Rex to Shut Up or making overused jokes about feet)

    You guys are all creative geniuses….once 10 people make the same comment, we get it. You all don’t like Rex Ryan.

  32. tedmurph,

    as a Jets fan I think the refs sucked, but sucked both ways. In fact, I think the refs in whole have sucked all around this year in many games. Yet, I think you should actually listen to the full comment before you act like a jacktard!

  33. Meanwhile in Foxborough, the Patriots quietly go about their business…no proclamations of greatness after 6 weeks from this coach or team, just a steady resolve to get better week after week…..

  34. Haha. Another great array of Jets hate comments.

    Interview Question: “How do you think you guys can be if you played the way you did in the second half”

    Rex: “We will be tough to beat.”

    Yet everyone still hops on the Jets. You guys are all pathetic and I’m sorry your team isn’t as good or given you the amount of playoff wins Rex gave us the last couple years.

  35. ampats says: Oct 24, 2011 8:45 PM

    doctorfootball,

    has Bill Belichick, Mike Tomlin, Mike McCarthy,Sean Peyton,Tom Coughlin,Tony Dungy EVER SAID”We’re going to be tough to beat” ?

    Didn’t think so, but at 4-3 the statement makes alot of sense? Please share with everyone the last HC to make such a dumb statement?

    ————————————————————-

    Wrecks’ comments are aimed at one group of people exclusively: potential PSL buyers.

  36. AFC teams that will, in my opinion, finish the season with a playoff spot:

    Ravens
    Steelers
    Patriots
    Chargers
    Texans
    Bills

    Well, that’s six. Try again next year, Rexy.

    Also, I’m pretty sure he actually said: “We’re going to touch some feet.”

    Feet jokes will never get old.

  37. He is right. If they continue to get that same ref as the Chargers game then they will be hard to beat.

  38. I personally don’t care what or when he pipes his horn, but from an obvious anatomical perspective, I think he really may be hard to beat…. Jus sayin

  39. tunescribe?

    The answer is yes. A lot of the coaches you listed have said their teams were tough to beat. It’s not like Ryan said something outrageous. He has, many times, but this wasn’t one of them. So, you’re wrong.

  40. realnflmaster says:
    Oct 24, 2011 10:01 PM
    Back to back AFC Title games. Keep hating you idiots.

    —————————————————————-
    Back to back losses in those AFC Title games. Keep acting like your team has actually accomplished something, moron.

  41. tedmurph says: Oct 24, 2011 8:53 PM

    Wonder why jets apologists aren’t complaining about the refs today. They name streets after you guys(one way).
    ======================================
    We’re still too busy laughing at the ongoing implosion on Yawkey Way.

  42. If I had Rex Ryan’s mouth and prediction ability I would have already had 6 pink slips and the best spot in the unemployment line

  43. Guess what…every single coach in the NFL answered questions today. You idiots that are complaining that he won’t shut up should be blaming yourselves for reading the article.

  44. theandy59 says: Oct 24, 2011 10:20 PM

    Meanwhile in Foxborough, the Patriots quietly go about their business…no proclamations of greatness after 6 weeks from this coach or team, just a steady resolve to get better week after week…..
    ======================================
    …all solemnly done with the intention of genuflecting before the Jets and repeating that hard choke come the playoffs.

  45. Tough to beat alright… for the 19th pick in the draft! For those of you playing at home, that is the last draft spot before the playoff teams begin at spot 20.

  46. Jets games are more predictable than any other NFL contests. Ka-ching!!! I love Rex — no matter what he says, or how entertaining he can be, it still means nothing.

  47. Ha! Ha! My heart bleeds for you Jets fans. I bet you guys are among the very same posters that jumped on every word ever uttered by an Eagles player or coach including the infamous “Dream Team” out-of-context quote.

  48. by the time the jets are tough to beat, Bill Cowher will be their coach. talk about being tough to beat, HOW BOUT THEM GIANTS! LOL

  49. andrejohnsonforpresident says:
    Oct 24, 2011 9:00 PM
    Listen foster is playing for 525k this year. Aaron foster the rb for those of you who don’t know who i’m talking about. He’s in his last year and I doubt the Texans will sign him. Watch him go to the jets and then watch out..

    =====================

    That’s Arian Foster, for those of you who don’t know what you’re talking about.

  50. This guy looked like his dog had died three weeks ago, and for nearly a month. Now they’ve beaten a dreadful team and another that beat itself and can’t get out of its own way and he’s talking again. SMH.

  51. “this is a great example of why people should hate the media.”

    Yeah, but this is like Huffpo Jr or Popsugar. Not much different from fans blasting each other over a third hand semi-summary of who won and lost on Idol.

    So Rex was talking about the way they played the second half, which is 1) irrelevant and 2) still wrong.

  52. The Jets can make every AFC title game for the next 10 years, but if they don’t reach the Super Bowl they obviously can’t win it. This latest quote is another example of how Rex Ryan thinks chest bumping talk is pseudo-leadership. It isn’t leading his team and it isn’t motivating them; it’s merely bulletin-board fodder for his opponents.

    I’m actually surprised he hasn’t made any stupid claims that if the Ravens had hired him as their head coach in 2008, they would’ve won a championship or two by now. I’m so glad they didn’t hire him.

  53. @axespray says:Oct 24, 2011 8:07 PM

    rebuild that line, get a RB, a QB, an OC and a Front Seven and he may be right
    ———————————————————-

    Nah, why do that if you can just talk about what you are going to do while giving your team a false sense of entitlement….

    The Jets are in trouble. In 2009 they only made the playoffs by barely beating the Colts and Bengals, who laid down and rested their starters because they had already clinched playoff spots. In 2010, they finished the season 2-3 over their last 5 games. I’m not sure what “run” he’s talking about them always making, but he is putting himself in a hole his big, rotund mouth isn’t going to be able to boast his way out of.

  54. the NFL wants a big market team in the playoffs and the jets are the biggest market team in the AFC. So I can see what he’s saying.
    We’re tough to beat because we have NFL (which means the refs) on our side.
    Anyone playing the jets has to play both the jets and the refs. Which means the jets will get a pass interference or a personal foul going their way to get what they want.
    See how the PS call on the chargers gave them the win.
    See how the none PS call on revis gave them the game against miami.

  55. Wow, Rex, you barely beat a Norv Turner-“coached” team that flew 3000 miles across the country.

    Very impressive.

  56. Rex is misquoted here. What he actually said was, “We’re going to be tough to beat, like the heat that comes from my wife’s feet.”

    Strange that the entire the quote wasn’t cited in this article.

  57. Try to keep up with this……

    Teams below .500 are easier to beat.
    Teams above are harder to beat.
    Hence the Jets are hard/tuff to beat.

    Given the Jets record over the last two seasons and this one they are currently over.500, I would say the statement is true in any context.

    As for the bills making the playoffs….not.
    That slot belongs to the Jets or N.E.

    PS. Dont hang on everything the media sells….give yourself more credit.

  58. elmoron says:
    Oct 24, 2011 9:58 PM
    ampats says: Oct 24, 2011 8:45 PM

    doctorfootball,

    has Bill Belichick, Mike Tomlin, Mike McCarthy,Sean Peyton,Tom Coughlin,Tony Dungy EVER SAID”We’re going to be tough to beat” ?

    Didn’t think so, but at 4-3 the statement makes alot of sense? Please share with everyone the last HC to make such a dumb statement?
    ======================================
    Terry Francona, 9/1/11

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    POST OF THE WEEK!!!

    LMAO

  59. “But Ryan is still Ryan, and that means he’s still talking. ”

    you mean talking, after a game, when reporters shove microphones in his face, and ask him questions??

    Imagine the audacity of him!

    You people are insane….

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