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Rex Ryan on Belichick’s pushing accusation: ‘That’s not true’

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – Rex Ryan fired back at Bill Belichick on Wednesday, responding to a claim by the the Patriots coach that the Jets used the same illegal pushing tactic that New England was penalized for on Sunday.

“That’s not true. That’s not true,” said Ryan, who has, for the most part, played nice with the Patriots this season.

Rex Ryan wasn't buying Bill Belichick's accusations on Wednesday, saying the Patriots coach needs to, "make up his mind" about the Sunday's pushing penalty.

With a win against the division rival securely under his belt, however, Ryan appeared to be done playing games. Now, he wants the credit.

“He’s got to make up his mind,” Ryan said of Belichick. “Was he aware of this thing? Was it at the second level? All this kind of jazz.”

“Now, the story is we did it. Okay, gotchya,” he shot back. ”The fact is, we’re moving on. We earned that victory, plain and simple. We’re focused on Cincinnati.”

In a conference call with the New England media on Tuesday, Belichick was asked about a report saying the Jets told officials to keep an eye on the Patriots during field goal attempts. Belichick dismissed the question while throwing one last jab at the Jets.

“Well, I mean, since they were using the play themselves, I don’t even know about all that. But basically we’re just moving on here.”

It might be a stretch, but Belichick is most likely referring to Quinton Coples’ push of Muhammad Wilkerson during Stephen Gostkowski’s 44-yard field goal at the end of regulation. During the play, it appears as though Coples reaches out his right forearm and shoves Wilkerson forward.

However, officials were standing within five yards of the play and held onto their flags.

Regardless, Coples’ shove was nowhere near as obvious or intentional as Patriots defensive tackle Chris Jones’ in overtime.

The Jets and Patriots won’t meet again this season, unless both teams find there back to each other in the playoffs, but when they do it’s never dull.

We can now officially add “PushGate” to their storied rivalry.

Rex Ryan on the Patriots: ‘We fear none of them’

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The New England Patriots tend to bring out the best in Rex Ryan.

At the microphone, that is.

Despite a 3-7 record against Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, Ryan never seems to disappoint when discussing the rival Patriots.

Despite a Week 2 loss and a 3-7 head-to-head record, Rex Ryan still isn't afraid of the Patriots.

Whether it was his refusal to kiss Belichick’s rings during his inaugural press conference or openly admitting he hates the Patriots and doesn’t care much for Brady, either, Ryan has a knack for saving his best performances for the podium.

And since the Jets and Pats face off at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Ryan was back to his old bag of tricks.

“Absolutely we respect them,” said Ryan of New England. “But we fear none of them. I can promise you that.”

Ryan did heap an extra helping of praise onto the Patriots, but didn’t mince words or non-verbal cues when discussing how the defense disrupted (or didn’t disrupt) Brady and his young receivers during their first matchup of the season on Sept. 12.

“It has nothing to do with us, I understand we were just out there,” said Ryan sarcastically. “Certainly that was well reported. We’ll get to see if some of those issues exist this week.”

Without the familiar faces of Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski, Brady was visibly out of sync with his new receivers during his Week 2 matchup against the Jets, missing throws he’d normally make while letting them have it on the sideline.

Since then, Brady appears to have warmed to his new cast of characters, leading a game winning drive against the New Orleans Saints off a touchdown pass to rookie Kenbrell Thompkins.

But Ryan isn’t content with attributing Brady’s lackluster performance last time around to unfamiliarity or poor weather or any other excuse that has been conjured up recently.

“Well, I don’t know if that’s the case,” Ryan said, when asked if he thought the Jets defense might have had something to do with Brady’s struggles.

“Apparently it’s not,” he added, before finishing, facetiously, “It might have been, sure.”

Ryan’s bravado is not completely without merit as he has played the Patriots close during his tenure, with the exception of the buttfumble game and a 45-3 blow out loss on Monday Night Football in 2010.

But close doesn’t count for Ryan when he hasn’t made the playoffs in two years and has failed to take home a division title every year since coming to New York.

“Obviously you want to win. I want a championship. I want to win our division, no question,” said Ryan. “And the fact we haven’t done it, yeah absolutely, it’s a painful reminder.”

So, does that mean he’s ready to kiss Belichick’s rings?

“No, I haven’t,” said Ryan on a conference call to the New England media. “Maybe you have, but I haven’t and I never will.”