By Tom E. Curran
FOXBORO - Rex Ryan wasn't aware that Antonio Cromartie gave an unkind review of Tom Brady when he jumped on a conference call Wednesday morning. And he wasn't real concerned about it when apprised of the comments during the call. "We respect New England, but we don't fear 'em," Ryan said in a rambling defenseexplanation of Cromartie's viewpoint. "A comment like that . . . the fact is that, they're the enemy this week. "Realistically, I'm sure it was basically just a comment that he made," added Ryan. "Trust me, they're saying a lot worse about me and others here. Maybe it just wasn't printed."Invoking the United States Constitution, Ryan also said, "In this country, you're allowed to have opinions."
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Remember that Atlanta Falcons offensive game plan against the Patriots in the final five minutes of the Super Bowl?
Kyle Shanahan, then the Falcons offensive coordinator and now coach of the San Francisco 49ers won't forget it. If Atlanta had simply run the ball and kicked a field goal with an eight-point lead, the Falcons would have likely held off Tom Brady and the Pats' comeback from a 28-3 third-quarter deficit.
Shanahan told The Rich Eisen Show there's one play call he'd like to have back.
"The second-and-10 that we got sacked on,” Shanahan said. “I wish I had dialed up something differently. And then the next play, we called an option to [Mohamed] Sanu, we got right back in field goal range, but we had a holding call on the play and it knocked us out some more, and an incompletion on the next one.”
Click here for the play: Patriots defensive lineman Trey Flowers sacked Matt Ryan for a 12-yard loss.
"I go through every single play in the game, but when it comes down to it, the big one was the sack that we had on second-and-10,” Shanahan told Eisen.
Shanahan probably won't see the Patriots again this season, unless it's in the Super Bowl. And with the 49ers rebuilding under him, that's not likely to happen.
Not to be outdone by Boston legends Tom Brady and David Ortiz, as well as other Patriots, getting all dressed up and heading to the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined the horsey set on Saturday at the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Belichick's girlfriend Linda Holliday posted a picture on Instagram of the Patriots coach at the 142nd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. The race was won by 13-1 long shot Cloud Computing.
Nice suit, coach.