Those who weren’t suffering from poll fatigue on Tuesday afternoon might have seen one conducted among NFL players by the Sporting News that left Jets coach Rex Ryan as the most overrated head coach in football.
Ryan heard about it and spoke to reporters about it during Wednesday’s press conference. Ryan met the results with good humor and found a way to see the bright side.
“My first thought was I looked and saw who was second. Hey, I finally beat Belichick. I got him. I knew it would take time, but I finally got him,” Ryan said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “Like it hasn’t been a tough enough year. Nah, I wasn’t offended by it. At the end of the year, we’ll see who’s overrated.”
Ryan also said that he thinks he’d score well in a poll asking which coaches players would most like to play for, placing himself and Mike Tomlin at the top of the list. The players who have come to New York to play with Ryan have only done well enough to go 3-5 in their first eight games of the season. That’s a pretty good recipe for winding up high on a list of overrated coaches.