Ranking the 10 Best Rex Ryan Quotes as New York Jets' Head Coach
Whether he's ripping on another team or praising his own, Ryan never shies away from speaking his mind to the media.
Sometimes he may even speak up a little too much and paints a target on his own team's back.
Regardless, Ryan is always entertaining to listen to and will be the center of attention.
Here are the ten best Rex Ryan quotes since he took over as head coach of the Jets in 2009.
10. Interesting Introductory Speech
"If you take a swipe at one of ours, we'll take two swipes at one of yours. We're going to turn the heat up, we're going to let the fur fly, and let's see what happens."
Rex Ryan was introduced to the media as the Jets' new head coach with a bang.
It didn't take long to realize what type of coach Ryan was going to be.
9. Rex Ryan May Have Something Against Peyton Manning
"I don't know when I'm going to beat him, but I want it to be Saturday night. Is it personal? Yes, it's personal. It's personal against him (Peyton Manning), Reggie Wayne, all those guys, yeah. (Dwight) Freeney and (Robert) Mathis and those other dudes? Absolutely."
Rex Ryan hates losing, especially when it's in the playoffs.
Heading into their 2011 Wild Card game with the Indianapolis Colts, Ryan expressed his interest in seeking redemption on Peyton Manning and the team that knocked the Jets out of the playoffs the year prior.
8. Who’s the Best Team in New York?
"There's no way I'm going to be second fiddle. If we were playing the New York Yankees, I don't want to be second fiddle to them. This is the same type of deal. I want to be the best team in football, not just the best team in this city. But we'll start by being the best team in this city."
Rex Ryan discussed how he felt about the New York Giants days before the two teams met during the 2011 regular season.
Unfortunately, this game led the Giants on a winning streak that put them into the playoffs and eventually to a Super Bowl victory and the Jets lost their last three games and missed out on the playoffs.
7. Rex Predicting a Visit to the White House
“First off, with all the cameras I was looking for our new president [Barack Obama] back there. I think we’ll get to meet him in the next couple of years anyway.”
This was another crazy quote from Ryan's introductory speech.
He just needs to make sure Barack Obama is still in the White House by the time the Jets win the Super Bowl again.
6. Christmas Came Early for Rex Ryan in 2009
“We’re going to start with the injury report, obviously. Manning, Clark, Addai, Reggie Wayne, Freeney, Mathis, Brackett—all those guys will not play. Oh, hold up. That was my wish list for Santa Claus.”
In 2009, the Jets needed a win in their last game of the season to make the playoffs. Fortunately, they ran into a Colts team that had already secured their playoff spot and was going to bench most of their starters for the game.
Ryan jokingly compared this game to Christmas since it was almost too good to be true.
5. You Don’t Want to Be the Dot
"Each game we might also designate an opposing player with a dot. Players don't want to be dotted by the New York Jets, because that means we want that dude knocked out of the game. Of course, it has to be legal and by the book. We don't play dirty, and no way will we intentionally hurt a player with an illegal, cheap shot. We dot players fair and square."
"There are players out there who think they are bad a****, and you just might see two of our players knock the hell out of him. Pow! Pow! That's our mentality. Everything we do is aggressive and, hey, we may make a mistake, but we will go one hundred miles per hour and we will knock the hell out of you. Big hits create turnovers. You haven't been Punked—you've been Dotted!"
This sounds a whole lot like the speech Gregg Williams was suspended an entire season for.
There might not be any mention of money being transferred, but it's surprising the NFL didn't step in and investigate this when they heard it.
4. Revis Who?
“Hey, guys, we don’t have Revis in this building right now. Does it matter that Revis is not here? Goddamn, he’s pretty f******* good. He’s pretty good, OK? But you know what guys? It isn’t about one guy, its about leading the league in f******* wins.”
Ryan said this to his team during an episode of HBO's Hard Knocks when Darrelle Revis was holding out.
You know Ryan loves having Revis on the field, but he was preparing to go on without him in 2010.
3. Rex Ryan on Bill Belichick
“As much as I respect and admire Bill Belichick, I came here to kick his a**, and that’s the truth.”
Rex Ryan never backs down from a challenge, especially when it comes to his arch rival, the best NFL coach of all-time, Bill Belichick.
Ryan may not have the pedigree that Belichick has, but that sure as hell won't stop him from believing he should defeat Belichick every time the two face off.
2. Do You See the Similarities Between Rex and Brady?
“I never realized how similar that I am to Tom Brady, I mean, the obvious physical appearance would be the first thing. The fact that he’s married to a supermodel? Hello? Yeah, I’m also married to a supermodel. I just happened to turn the page of InStyle magazine, page 329, just realized that we are very similar in that way.”
What's a bigger joke, Ryan comparing his physique to Brady's or him comparing his wife to Brady's?
Either way, Ryan's comment is absurd, but you always need to expect the unexpected from Rex Ryan.
1. Rex Gets a Little Hungry
“Let’s make sure we play like the f****** New York Jets and not some f****** slap d*** team. That’s what I want to see tomorrow. Do we understand what the f*** I want to see tomorrow? Now let’s go eat a Goddamn snack.”
Rex Ryan made the Jets' version of HBO's Hard Knocks so entertaining with statements like this.
You probably won't be hearing things like this out of him anymore, though, now that he's lost over 100 lbs heading into this season.