“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.”