…Rex Ryan sure seems fixated on and spends a lot of time talking about the Patriots coach.
Yup, the rookie New York Jets head coach is at it again. Apparently he just can’t help himself. Back in June we posted his comments made to Mike Francesa of WFAN radio in New York, among which were his statement that he wasn’t going to be kissing Belichick’s Super Bowl Rings when the two clubs met on the field in the second week of the season.
He expanded on those comments today by saying:
“When I said that about Belichick (“I’m not here to kiss his rings.”), I’m just letting him know I’m not intimidated by him,” said Ryan at his noon press conference. “He has the same position as I have. We’re both head coaches in this league. He just happens to have a helluva lot of Super Bowl rings and I don’t have a win. I understand that.
OK, we get it, Belichick doesn’t intimidate you, Rex. By this point though, you almost sound like you’re trying to convince yourself of that fact.
He later added:
“But again, we’re not going to tiptoe our way through this thing. You don’t line up and beat a Bill Belichick-coached team by tiptoeing in there. We’re just going to be ourselves. I’m going to be myself. That’s just the way it is.
“How much motivation are they going to get by putting a quote from me on the wall saying that I believe in my football team. That I’m not going to be intimidated by a coach or anyone else. If that’s where you’re going to draw motivation from, hell, we’ll probably kick your (butt). I mean if that’s the case.”
I don’t think the comments themselves today are all that inflammatory, but the fact that Ryan just has to keep telling us this has amateur psychiatrists everywhere (well, here, anyway) convinced that he feels that Belichick is in fact an intimidating figure, and that he needs to try and mask his own feelings of inadequacy with these bombastic statements.