Ryan comes out gums-a-blazin'

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Ryan comes out gums-a-blazin'

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com

One would think that a seven-touchdown defeat in their last meeting would make Rex Ryan want to tread a little lightly around the Patriots as they prepare for Sunday's Divisional Playoff game. But Rex doesn't tread that way, literally or figuratively. During a Monday morning press conference, Ryan cautioned Bill Belichick about having even one slip-up against the Jets, and said Peyton Manning would have watched football this past Saturday night instead of going to Broadway as Tom Brady did. Manning, of course, will now have all the time in the world to watch plays andor football since the season of the smartest quarterback the world's ever known is over. Ryan's press conference was dutifully tweeted by my buddy Bob Glauber at Newsday.Some of the captured comments were: "If (Belichick) slips at all, we're going to beat him."Ryan looks at tape (snuff film?) of the Patriots 45-3 win over the Jets "every day." (Hey, the man likes sucking feet, too . . . he's gotan odd set of hobbies). Ryan told Belichick during the postgame handshake he'd "see him in Round 3" and that Belichick didn't say anything but just looked at him. And there was the Brady drive-by as well. Bill Belichick has his conference call with us during the noon hour.Brady foreshadowed what we can expect. Speaking on WEEI this morning, Brady said, "If theres a bunch ofBS going around, Belichick doesnt buy into that. He doesnt buy into the reporters to make their job easy to give them a bunch of stories."No, he doesn't. And some days - most days - that sucks because he doesn't even meet us halfway. But while Ryan sees getting the media to chortle and making sure the hype machine is running hot as part of his job, that approach hasn't yet proven to be effective long-term. Ryan might be a lot more entertaining to cover. But a Jets' season doesn't figure to last as long as a Patriots one.

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Bart Scott: Falcons have 'the better quarterback' in Super Bowl

Bart Scott: Falcons have 'the better quarterback' in Super Bowl

Former Ravens and Jets linebacker - now an "NFL Today" analyst for CBS - Bart Scott usually "can't wait" to make his disdain for Tom Brady and the Patriots known. 

He was back at it Tuesday in an interview with CBS Radio's Damon Amendolara, in which he said the Falcons have the better quarterback heading into Super Bowl LI.

“We know they’re the better offense, and right now, you could say they got the better quarterback because they have the MVP of the league,” Scott said. Ryan is the favorite to win the NFL MVP, which will be announced the night before the Super Bowl at the "NFL Honors" show.

“Now that’s a debate, but Matt Ryan has earned the right for his name to be put up there with the upper-echelon quarterbacks," Scott said. "He’s always been elite in the regular season, but now he’s taken this show into the postseason and he’s won the hard battles against the elite quarterbacks and now you have to give him his due.”

More from Scott: “I can’t see the Patriots stopping this offense. So, that means that these receivers are going to have to [keep] pace. It’s all going to come down to what it always comes down to. It’s going to come down to who makes the turnovers, who gets up early and puts the pressure on the other team. Matt Ryan and that offense showed me a lot when they went behind [in the divisional round against the Seahawks]. Seattle came and busted them in the face, and [Atlanta] went right back down and answered immediately.

"The Patriots always find a way, but I think it makes it more close of a game than what people think.”