Rex Ryan says Bill Belichick is the superior head coach

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Can somebody go find Rex Ryan and tell him there’s a guy running around impersonating him in press conferences?

The Jets coach (or perhaps an wily imposter), took part of the fun out of this week’s matchup with the Patriots by admitting Bill Belichick was a better coach than he was.

While a universally held truth, it’s also out of character for Ryan, who said in July he was the best defensive coach in the league.

“If it’s just between Belichick in me, he’s going to win that battle,” Ryan said, via Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star-Ledger. “I recognize that, but it’s not going to be for lack of effort. . . .

“I don’t think I’m the best head coach in the league. I think he is. I was truthful about that.”

Ryan has never lacked for bluster, defiantly refusing to bow to the Patriots or say the polite nothings most coaches fill their press conferences with.

It might also be a tacit concession that his team’s not nearly as good as Belichick’s, even though they’re tied for the lead in the AFC East at 3-3 (along with the Bills and the Dolphins).

Again, not many people would argue it. It’s just not as much fun, even if biting his tongue helps kill the clown car image he’s so frustrated with.

38 responses to “Rex Ryan says Bill Belichick is the superior head coach

  1. This is news? I think it’s obvious to every man, woman, & child alive that Belichick is the better coach.

  2. People just don’t understand Rex, or try to. He’s not the loudmouth he is always portrayed to be. He’s just honest, and people apparently hate that these days.

  3. Obviously. Belichick is going to the hall of fame, Ryan while a pretty good coach in my opinion won’t ever get to his level.

  4. What other coach engages in comparing himself to other coaches?
    Here’s an idea.
    Don’t talk. Win the game. Then talk.
    …or even better…
    Don’t talk. Win the game. Don’t talk.

  5. almost every poster to this thread is a jet/rex hater, and it’s comical. if he’d come out and said he’s a better, or equal, coach, you’d be bashing him. he admits belichicken is a better coach, and you bash him. why do you open and comment on stories about the jets/rex if you hate them so much?

  6. A coach is as smart as his players make him

    When Belichick had Law, Harrison, McGinest, Seymour, Vrabel, Bruschi et al he was a defensive genius.

    Now he is a defensive idiot but he has Gronk, Hernandez, Welker, Brady, Lloyd, Ridley, Woodhead et al so he is an offensive genius.

    Ryan is a good coach and when he has the talent to work with he’s a genius too.

    Losing Revis probably dropped his IQ 10 points but playing against 2 rookie safetys should raise it again.

    As a Pats fan I always look forward to Jets games and never past them.

  7. I bet Rex doesnt really think that…but instead believes that by saying that Bill is a better coach, it will somehow give his team an edge this weekend. Sorta like how every year the Jets are the best team he has coached.

  8. Rex ryan to his players…..guys remember after we get our butt kicked”. Not all is lost, i heard they having 2 for 1 at the stadium. Now lets go get some f$&@ing snacks!!!!

  9. I always look at any of the Jets articles,if nothing else to read the comments. Not sure how good a coach he is but his entertainment is way up there!

  10. Thats funny, I can name at least 30 other Head Coaches that are better than Rex Ryan. I thought he ws ranked somewhere around 26th, right there with Mark Sanchez?

  11. WTF they must have finally have invented a medication that helps the self-delusional who think they have talent and are doing a good job come to their senses and realize they do not have a clue. Good job on taking your meds Rex -now if you can just sneak into the White House and slip the President a dose maybe he too will snap out of it and resign.

  12. I’m a Pats fan and as far as I know, RR has never ever shown anything but respect for BB. Even that “kiss the rings” comment was not disrespectful to BB if you looked at the whole context. I believe BB respects RR’s coaching as well. There have been a couple times RR has ticked me off with stuff he’s said, but never about BB.

  13. There are a lot of head coaches better than rexy… he is definitely in my top 2 defensive coaches along with Dick Lebeau… but when it comes to being a head coach… he hasnt shown that much talent…
    if you look at the jets roaster in last few years… i think jets never got the personnel right on offense… sanchez is not a franchise QB… as a head coach you need to make that call…

  14. I’m on board with CKL. Rex has made himself known; now he must let his coaching do the talking. As a Pats fan since their beginning, I don’t hate The Jets or Rex for standing tall against both Giants and Pats. They want respect and they’re working on getting it. I rooted hard for The Jets when they beat The Colts in 69; I loved it.

  15. @pleasantsurpriselefty

    The Jets talked an unprecedented amount of trash before the divisional playoff game in 2010 and Rex still thoroughly out-coached BB and took a dump in the Patriots backyard. What Rex says or doesn’t say has no real bearing on the effect of the game. Both teams are playing each other with 100% no matter what, this “bulletin board material” myth is propagated by the media and if it holds any truth at all the team is a joke in the first place. In a 16 game season, what kind of team waits to get called some name to give before they give 100?

  16. floriostoupee says:Oct 17, 2012 4:32 PM

    almost every poster to this thread is a jet/rex hater, and it’s comical. if he’d come out and said he’s a better, or equal, coach, you’d be bashing him. he admits belichicken is a better coach, and you bash him. why do you open and comment on stories about the jets/rex if you hate them so much?

    Before reading the above comment, I was about to state the same thing. You can’t please these Jets haters. If Rex said he was better, they’d waste bandwidth, Rex said BB is better, and the same no-life clowns still waste bandwidth.

  17. Ryan Alfieri says:
    Oct 17, 2012 4:06 PM
    People just don’t understand Rex, or try to. He’s not the loudmouth he is always portrayed to be. He’s just honest, and people apparently hate that these days.
    ___________________

    While I understand what you are saying, there is still a certain level of political correctness that comes with the title of head coach. That’s why Rex is criticized; he has little self-control.

  18. Nakedcowboy:

    By your name I’m assuming your a cowboy fan so ill give you a pass on this since your team has none, but for the normal nfl teams the gm makes the drafting and personnel decisions. Not the head coach.

  19. richwizl says:Oct 17, 2012 6:49 PM

    I rooted hard for The Jets when they beat The Colts in 69; I loved it.

    And it’s been downhill the last 43 years.

  20. Belichick is cerebral, close to his vest, let the game do his talking kind of coach who often devises excellent game plans and puts his players in position to win. The 3 Ryans, Rex, Dad, and brother are excellent defensive coordinators, but above their level of competence as head coaches. He could improve, maybe even close to Belichick’s level by focusing on planning the game at hand, rather than statements to press.

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