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.