New York Jets' Rex Ryan Doesn't Consider Himself Overrated, Takes it All in Stride

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The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE


When New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan was told that he was voted by a small sample of NFL players as the most overrated coach in the league, Ryan couldn’t help but laugh.

He also couldn’t help but notice who finished second in that poll. That would be his AFC East nemesis, Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots.

“My first thought was, I looked and saw who was second,” Ryan quipped. “Hey, I finally beat Belichick! I got him. I knew it would take time, but I finally got him.”

Ryan has taken the criticism in stride this season, as his team stumbled to a 3-5 record at the midway point of the season.

“Like it hasn’t been a tough enough year,” Ryan said with a smile. “Nah, I wasn’t offended by it. At the end of the year, we’ll see who’s overrated.”

Rex Ryan has always taken pride in being a “players coach,” and he says nothing’s changed in that regard.

“[Ask those] same players who they want to play for, I’ll probably end up where I always am,” he said. “Right at the top with [Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin]. It’s either me or Mike Tomlin, 1 or 2.”

“I don’t think that will change. As long as [players] want to come here and play and [anonymous people call me] overrated, that’s fine. But I want them to want to come here and play.”

 Jon Presser is’s New York Jets Lead Columnist 
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