|Rex Ryan admits Bill Belichick ‘is going to win [coaching] battle’||10.17.12 at 4:29 pm ET|
Before telling New England reporters that he thinks the Patriots defense doesn’t get credit it deserves, Rex Ryan was extending the olive branch in full to Bill Belichick on Wednesday in Florham Park, N.J.
At his regular Wednesday briefing with the New York media, Ryan called the Patriots coach the best in the business. Not only that, but he thinks Belichick can out-coach him.
“When I look at him, I see him as the best coach in the league. I’ve said that from the day I took the job. Again, he’s going to get my best. If it’s just between Belichick in me, he’s going to win that battle,” said Ryan, who is 3-4 all-time against Belichick, including the win in the 2010 playoffs. “I recognize that, but it’s not going to be by lack of effort on my part. He’s going to get everything I’ve got.
“Like I’ve said before many times, maybe he struggles one day, he’s sick, I don’t know. Maybe I’ll get him. Maybe I’m crazy but I look at it like you want to compete against the very best. I have dreams about what I want to achieve and I want to achieve against the very best. That’s where I want to get one day.”
Ryan then referenced comments he made in the summer about being the best defensive coach in the league, adding that it was not a general statement and not a shot across the bow at Belichick.
“I don’t think I’m the best head coach in the league,” Ryan said. “I think he is. I was truthful about that.”
Ryan – in years past – has always said he thinks his team is as good as the Patriots and is not afraid of New England, going as far as the infamous “I didn’t [take Jets job] to kiss Belichick’s rings” quote when he took over the Jets job.
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