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Rex Ryan Admits Bitterness Over Missing Out On Baltimore Job

Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens marks the first time New York Jets coach Rex Ryan will return to Baltimore since becoming Jets head coach in 2009. Ryan was an assistant with the Ravens from 1999-2008, the last four seasons as defensive coordinator.

Ryan admitted being bitter when the Ravens chose John Harbaugh as head coach in 2008 rather than giving him the job.

“Was I bitter about not getting the head coaching job? Yes, absolutely,” Ryan said on Wednesday.

Ryan became head coach of the Jets after one season of working as defensive coordinator under Harbaugh. “It’s been a blessing to come here,” Ryan said.