We already know a lot of what New York Jets coach Rex Ryan has had to say this week about Tom Brady and Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots. Well, courtesy of our friends at Sports Radio Interviews, you can now read the entire transcript of Ryan’s appearance on the Michael Kay Show earlier this week.
Here are some of the highlights.
On the pressure he’s put on himself to out-coach Bill Belichick:
“That’s what it is. Because when we lost that game, it wasn’t about their players being better than our players or whatever. This is a level playing field. I think when you look at the players, the coaches, the assistant coaches that we have, it’s a level playing field. He got the better of me the last time we played in the Monday Night game where he clearly was the better coach. And I recognize this is a first ballot Hall of Fame coach, but I plan on being the best coach on Sunday. So we’ll see. He’s going to get everything I’ve got. I will have our team ready to go, and I think we’ll win.”
His comments about Tom Brady after hearing he had been at a Broadway show rather than watching the Jets game on Saturday night:
“It doesn’t matter. I did that with a smile on my face. Because I know that I was getting ripped for ‘how dare you take a shot at Tom Brady?’ Well I just said this, nobody prepares like Peyton Manning and that’s fact. If somebody’s got a problem with it, well then they have a problem with it. I know for a fact that nobody prepares the way Peyton Manning does. Anybody that digs up 16 mm film when my dad was coaching the Bears, there’s only one quarterback that would do that in this league and that’s Peyton Manning. I know Tom Brady prepares great, I know he does all that stuff. But so be it. What I said was the truth. When it comes to preparation, there’s only one Peyton Manning in this league.”
Does he thinks Tom Brady is the best quarterback in the NFL right now:
“Well I think he had the best year this year. I think he’ll be the league MVP. I know I voted for him to be the league MVP.”
If he would try to throw at Revis more if he were coaching against him:
“Well if he’s going to D him up like he did that guy, then no. Because Peyton Manning is going to throw it to the open guy. That guy wasn’t open. And it’s as simple as that. Reggie Wayne is a great receiver, led the league in receptions, but Darrelle Revis – there’s only one Darrelle Revis in this league, and he’s without question the best corner in football. He might be the best defensive player in football. And the game that he just got through having, it’s…it’s not possible to be that good. As good as Brady’s played, and as great as Manning is and all that, well you can say the same thing about Darrelle Revis.”