After three-plus years of proclamations and bluster, Rex Ryan today admitted that Patriots coach is better than him.
"If it’s just between Belichick in me, he’s going to win that battle,"
Ryan said. "I recognize that, but it’s not going to be for lack of effort."
Ryan later added, that although he said in July that he was the best defensive coach in the league, it was not a general statement.
"I don’t think I’m the best head coach in the league," Ryan said. "I think he is. I was truthful about that."
That was all that Ryan would concede. In the past the Jets coach has taken on a more defiant tone, saying he would not kiss Belichick's rings. But Ryan has been more demure this season.
Though he thinks that the games between the Jets and Patriots have been closer than the final score, he budged in a few places.
He said that when the Jets beat the Patriots in the AFC playoffs in 2010, he did not think it meant that his team had surpassed them.
"No," Ryan said. "We hadn’t even won our division. We know what it represented. …We were better that day than they were."