During his press conference regarding Saturday's enticing matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, Jets coach Rex Ryan found yet another way to take a dig at the Patriots and Tom Brady. I wish I could say I'm surprised, but how can you be?
Today, while discussing Peyton Manning, Rex came out with the following, "There's nobody like this guy in the league. Nobody studies like him. I know Brady thinks he does. I think there's probably a little more help with (New England coach Bill) Belichick with Brady than there is with Peyton Manning."
He went on to then basically disregard Tom Moore's influence on the Colts' recent success saying "has done a great job with [Manning] forever, Caldwell and Tony Dungy and things like that. But it's Peyton Manning, that's who it is."
At least we know Rex Ryan's stance on the great Brady vs. Manning debate now, thank goodness for that.
Seriously, it would be one thing if Ryan was doing this to inspire his team on Saturday, but he's not. You can say that it's in Ryan's nature and that he's a free spirit who speaks his mind and his team eats it up. I guess being obnoxious is a great way to light a fire under the asses' of fellow loudmouths Bart Scott, Braylon Edwards and Kris Jenkins.
But why was Brady even mentioned in this conversation? Why does Ryan feel the need to drag the Patriots into every argument? He's like a child in a candy store that can't help himself; every chance he gets to even remotely mention and slight New England he'll take it. The fact is Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have nothing to do with his game against the Colts, this press conference wasn't ahead of a New England-New York round 3. I guess Ryan finds some solace in being able to say such things, for lord knows why.
But when has it ever helped his team? What has coach Ryan and this Jets team ever accomplished? The answer is nothing. And no, making it to an AFC Championship and losing doesn't count. Yes he has beaten Brady and the Patriots twice, but only in the regular season. Those games didn't matter and counted for nothing. Both results also came before the Pats hit their stride in the season.
You might think he would have learned to temper his mouth after the 45-3 beat down that was laid on him by the Patriots in the two teams' last meeting, but nothing seems to deter him. The bottom line is that he just doesn't seem to understand that his jib jab does nothing for his team except confound the embarrassment when they lose like they did in Foxborough.
And the Patriots are the team everybody hates in the AFC East? I can't find one likable thing about the Jets. They're obnoxious, overrated and over entitled for having never won anything.
Sure Rex is a "media darling" for all of the supposed hilarious one liners he drops in press conferences (for the record I haven't laughed once at any of them). But as far as for motivational purposes, these do nothing to inspire his team regardless of what Jets fans and Rex Ryan fans seem to think.
It doesn't bother the Patriots or any other professional team for that matter (professional is in italics because it's something Ryan knows nothing about). They'll gladly sit back and let Ryan sink his own ship like he did in Week 13. The more he talks the more the better for New England.
Many want to say that it runs both ways and that "Brady trashed the Jets in the preseason saying that he hated the Jets while talking about Hard Knocks". Sure he did say this, but only cause he was asked if he would watch the show. Brady said no and that he hated any team who is going up against his. Yet somehow this equates to the ridiculous things that Ryan says on a regular, unprovoked basis.
At the end of the day people want to simply chalk up Ryan's attitude to the "rivalry". But there is no rivalry, at least not for the Patriots. Sure there's the rivalry that the media and the Jets created, the one that New York needs to motivate themselves. The only rival the Patriots have are the ones that Ryan's team is playing on Saturday and is going to lose to.
Somebody needs to tell Rex Ryan to leave the New York-Boston rivalry to the Red Sox and Yankees.