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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.

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38 Responses to “Rex Ryan says Bill Belichick is the superior head coach”
  1. ttommytom says: Oct 17, 2012 4:01 PM

    Ya Think ?

  2. tommyelay says: Oct 17, 2012 4:03 PM

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

  3. 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.

  4. prince5000 says: Oct 17, 2012 4:06 PM

    is it possible that anyone on this team can act like a normal human being for one week?

  5. tjacks7 says: Oct 17, 2012 4:07 PM

    Also, the sun is hot.

  6. doublebase says: Oct 17, 2012 4:08 PM

    Ryan admits that Belichick is a better coach, in other breaking news…tomorrow will be Thursday.

  7. Patskrieg dot com says: Oct 17, 2012 4:09 PM

    I can think of at least 2 instances where Ryan has flat out out-coached Belichick.

    He says the same stupid stuff every time these two meet though.

  8. jeg07 says: Oct 17, 2012 4:09 PM

    Well….. yeah.

  9. geniusfan says: Oct 17, 2012 4:17 PM

    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.

  10. Jeffrey Jenkins says: Oct 17, 2012 4:18 PM

    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.

  11. fuaholes says: Oct 17, 2012 4:25 PM

    Shut up Rex

  12. 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?

  13. piratefreedom says: Oct 17, 2012 4:33 PM

    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.

  14. bennyb82 says: Oct 17, 2012 4:41 PM

    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.

  15. kisstherings says: Oct 17, 2012 4:43 PM

    Ryan has said this at least 5 times before. This is not news.

  16. nyjets1017 says: Oct 17, 2012 4:44 PM

    I love how everyone comes in here telling him to shut up. Do people realize they have press conferences and the media asks them th questions?

  17. sod61 says: Oct 17, 2012 4:50 PM

    My 5 lb. Yorkie’s name is Rex

  18. akiraloco says: Oct 17, 2012 5:12 PM

    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!!!!

  19. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Oct 17, 2012 5:13 PM

    At least Rex is not stupid. He remembered that the last time he opened his pie hole, BB laid a 45-3 woodshed job on him.

    This is nothing less than a last ditch plea for mercy!

  20. saberstud75 says: Oct 17, 2012 5:33 PM

    Translation: I hope Billy B doesn’t run up the score on me.

  21. bamasleeper13 says: Oct 17, 2012 5:53 PM

    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!

  22. RyanFeet says: Oct 17, 2012 5:59 PM

    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?

  23. RyanFeet says: Oct 17, 2012 6:01 PM

    hey floriostoupee … becuase it’s so much fun!

  24. zeke2517 says: Oct 17, 2012 6:02 PM

    Um… Rex Ryan has always said that Belichick is the best. What is this article about, exactly?

  25. therightisalright says: Oct 17, 2012 6:15 PM

    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.

  26. CKL says: Oct 17, 2012 6:24 PM

    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.

  27. NakedCowboy! says: Oct 17, 2012 6:43 PM

    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…

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

    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.

  29. nyjalleffingday says: Oct 17, 2012 7:02 PM

    @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?

  30. lrjets says: Oct 17, 2012 7:17 PM

    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.

  31. steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says: Oct 17, 2012 7:19 PM

    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.

  32. valman61 says: Oct 17, 2012 7:19 PM

    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.

  33. stevequinn says: Oct 17, 2012 8:06 PM

    There are Pop Warner coaches in this area that are better than Ryan

  34. jimeejohnson says: Oct 17, 2012 8:31 PM

    Tebow made him admit it.

  35. pftcensorssuck says: Oct 17, 2012 9:28 PM

    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.

  36. thebigtim2012 says: Oct 17, 2012 9:48 PM

    This just in Rex Ryan also admits to liking feet. Now there are 2 non stories here

  37. txnative61 says: Oct 18, 2012 2:14 AM

    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.

  38. saucegarbonzo says: Oct 18, 2012 10:50 PM

    They’re gonna be taking their swing with arthritic fists at an iron jaw. Go Pats.

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