The rivalry between Rex Ryan and Bill Belichick is alive and well. These two don’t like each, and that’s just fine. Football is better when opposing teams don’t like each other.
The latest beef between Ryan and Belichick is of course over the controversial ending to the New England Patriots and New York Jets game this past Sunday. A new unsportsmanlike conduct penalty was enforced on the Patriots in overtime, which gave the Jets another chance at a game-winner field goal, which they took advantage of.
Belichick and the Patriots then accused the Jets of doing the same thing, which of course didn’t sit well with Ryan:
“He’s got to make up his mind. Was he aware of this thing, was it second level, all this kind of jazz, or now the story is we did it. Okay, I gotcha. The fact is, we’re moving on, we earned that victory, plain and simple and we’re focused on Cincinnati now.”
So with those comments, the Ryan-Belichick rivalry will last another season. That is, if Ryan lasts another season. But given the way the Jets have played this year, the chances of Ryan getting canned have gone down dramatically. New York is much better than anyone predicted. Most people, myself included, thought Ryan would at least be on the hot seat by now.
One could even make an argument that Ryan is the coach of the year at this point in the season. If he somehow led his team to the playoffs, he might become the front-runner.