New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan just can’t help himself. Even in a week where his team will play on the road against one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, he simply can’t resist taking a jab at the quarterback of a hated division rival.
Rex Ryan was asked how tough it was to play against a great quarterback like Peyton Manning. In his response, he managed to praise Peyton Manning while both taking a thinly veiled shot at the Colts coaching staff and a not-so-thinly veiled shot at Tom Brady.
“This guy is one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the game,” Ryan said. “The guy is tremendous. There is no one else like this guy in the league. Nobody studies like him. I know [Tom] Brady thinks he does. I think there’s probably a little more help from [Bill] Belichick with Brady than there is with Peyton Manning. Tom Moore has done a great job with him for forever, and [Jim] Caldwell and Tony Dungy. It’s Peyton Manning. That’s who it is.”
Insert pithy pun about Rex Ryan and having feet in his mouth here.
But really, this isn’t Rex Ryan putting his foot in his mouth. This is Rex Ryan being Rex Ryan. For better or worse, the guy is a cocky, over-confident, quote producing machine. He had the opportunity to both insult the coaching staff he’s facing this week and the quarterback he’ll face next week if he wins.
And he disguised it as praise for Peyton Manning.
Really, the guy is a genius in his own Rex Ryan-y way.
The problem for Rex Ryan is that his team, and maybe his defensive scheme, may not be good enough to back up his words. Peyton Manning is 5-1 against Rex Ryan coached defenses. His only loss came in a game where his team stopped playing early in the second half to rest up for the playoffs.
Manning’s last victory over Rex Ryan knocked the Jets out of the 2010 postseason.
Rex Ryan predicted a Super Bowl championship last season and Peyton Manning turned him into a liar. Ryan has been very vocal with his prediction this year, saying as recently as Thursday that his Jets were the best team in the NFL and that he believes they’ll win the Super Bowl.
To do that, Ryan needs to beat Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.
Rather than thinking up entertaining ways to insult Tom Brady, maybe Ryan should be worrying about how to stop Manning from making him a liar again.
And if he does figure out how to stop Peyton Manning, then he can worry about Tom Brady and the 45 points the Patriots offense dropped on his defense the last time he brought them to Foxborough.