New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan Defends New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick

By Ben Grimaldi
Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

Whatever happened to a good old fashioned rivalry? What happened to getting under your opponents skin during the week with a verbal jab or seven? In what has been called one of the best NFL rivalries today, it seems like there is way too much of a love affair between New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and New York Jets head man Rex Ryan. Today was another example of that.

According to Tom Curran of, Rex Ryan said that any of the criticism Belichick is taking over Pats tight end Rob Gronkowski’s injury is “absolutely ridiculous,” the injury “is on an extra point. He’s probably done it 100 times this year for the simple fact that’s how many points they score. You never see that.”

Where’s Bart Scott when you need him to start up a war of words? Oh, that’s right he’s too busy orchestrating a media mutiny. So let me get this straight, there’s a game between bitter “rivals” but everyone is acting like it’s just another game? I’m not sure NBC is too happy with the lack of drama for this contest.

Regardless of what the coaches say about each other I’m guessing the fans of each team aren’t being nearly as nice to one another, which I’m choosing to take comfort in.

Actually I agree with Rex Ryan, blaming Bill Belichick for the injury is ridiculous. Football is a rough game and an injury can happen on any play. It’s just that I like my rivalries with a little more passion.

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