Rex: Brady 'no friend of mine'
NFL Network sent a bunch of Rex Ryan quotes from his sitdown with Michael Lombardi:
"No. Never. Because number one, I’m not paying attention. Are there things that maybe I shouldn’t say? Maybe. But if I’m always worried about what I’m saying, it wouldn’t work for me.” – Ryan, on if he ever regrets things that he has said
“One thing I told everybody that would listen is that at the end of the season, I think we’ll have the best defense in the league, but the season isn’t over.” – Ryan on the Jets defense
“After the first week of the season, I think everyone thought New England was the best team in football. I was convinced that we were the best team in football. We beat them that day. Seven weeks later, New England showed me that at that time, they were the best team in football. Now, we’ll see what happens, who the best team in football is right now.” – Ryan on the differences he sees in the Patriots their Week 2 and Week 13 meetings to now
Lombardi: How many times did you watch the 45-3 [Week 13 Patriots] game?
Ryan: "Probably 20; 20 times, I’d say."
Lombardi: Was it all your coaching, or do you think it was positioning of the players?
Ryan: "It was all my coaching."
Lombardi: Do you do that to take all the pressure off the players?
Ryan: "I just state the facts."
Lombardi: So when you win, it’s all the players and when you lose, it’s all on you?
Ryan: "Pretty much. That’s how it should be. If you’re a competitor and you see yourself as a leader, then that’s part of it. My job is to get my players prepared to play to the best of their abilities and I clearly failed."
“He’s not our quarterback. I think that’s probably the number one thing. If you’re the opposition, then I don’t like you. I’ll respect you and all that, and after the game I’ll say, ‘that’s a great quarterback and a heck of a person,’ but I don’t care who’s across from me. He’s no friend of mine.” – Ryan on the reason he and his team do not like Patriots QB Tom Brady
“The shoulder’s fine. This team has no excuses. None whatsoever. He’s fine. We’re healthy. We’re fresh. We’re ready to roll.” – Ryan on the health of Jets QB Mark Sanchez and the team’s preparedness for Sunday’s game vs. New England
“I recognize that this guy’s probably the best football coach, maybe in the history of the game. I don’t think there’s any doubt. In my opinion, he is. But I just want to be the best coach one particular day and that’s Sunday.” – Ryan on Patriots head coach Bill Belichick